5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology that promises to deliver faster data speeds, lower latency, and improved reliability. The rollout of 5G in the US has been ongoing for a few years now, but its availability depends on where you are and which company you subscribe to. Here's what you need to know about 5G availability in the US, as of October 2023.
Which carriers offer 5G?
Where is 5G available in the US?
5G coverage in the US is currently available in all 50 states, but some areas have better coverage than others. T-Mobile has the most 5G coverage, reaching over 50% of the country. AT&T comes in second, spanning just shy of 30% of the nation, followed by Verizon with 12.77%, and U.S. Cellular with 1.8%.
What types of 5G are available?
Carriers have been building their 5G networks using different approaches. All the carriers began by building 5G atop their existing networks, which provided lots of connectivity but not at the high speeds associated with 5G. More recently, they have started building out new high-band 5G networks, but these are largely confined to cities or specific venues within cities.
Verizon offers low-band 5G across the country, labeled as 5G Nationwide on its coverage map. Verizon offers mid-band 5G in many urban areas and high-band 5G in many cities, but the mid- and high-band coverage are lumped together and labeled 5G Ultra Wideband or 5G UW.
How do I know if 5G is available in my area?
Figuring out whether 5G is available for you, and in what form, requires a bit of detective work, but you will also need a device capable of handling a 5G signal. You can get a broad overview by using Ookla’s 5G map.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide high-resolution images of 5G availability in the US as they are intangible and cannot be photographed. However, you can find high-quality images of 5G technology and devices on various technology websites and online stores.