The service will initially only be available in five cities: Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rochester and San Diego. Soon after, 10 more cities are slated to be added, including Boston, New York and San Francisco.
According to The Verge, AT&T’s 5G network will not be the ultra-fast, millimeter wave (mmWave) variety. Instead, AT&T will be using existing, low-band spectrum to deliver 5G at approximately the same speed as LTE-Advanced. The company only says that speeds will be “rapidly evolving from there.” The company is working on fast mmWave 5G, although it is currently only available in parts of 21 cities, with plans to have it in 30 by early 2020.
The Verge reports that “customers will need to subscribe to either AT&T’s Unlimited Extra or Unlimited Elite plans ($75 or $85 per month for a single line) in order to get 5G. AT&T says it will be offered at no additional charge. 5G data will count toward the unlimited plans’ throttling caps (50GB and 100GB of total data usage) the same way all other data does.”
With AT&T being the fourth carrier to roll out 5G to customers, it will need to do better than rehashed LTE speeds to remain competitive.