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These Are the Cities With 5G or Getting 5G in 2019

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What US Cities Will Get 5G In 2019?

By Andrew Heinzman / How to Geek / State of the Nation

5G will revolutionize the way we use the Internet, bringing high-speed data everywhere, creating smart cities, and even replacing home Internet connections. That’s what the industry says, anyway. But when is 5G coming to your city?

What Is 5G?

Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are racing to get 5G on your phone and in your home. But what is 5G, and how is it different from 4G LTE?

5G is the wireless standard that will replace 4G LTE. It can theoretically reach speeds up to 10 gigabits per second, which is very fast—but 20 Gbps is the minimum target. To put things into perspective, that could theoretically be a hundred times as fast a 4G LTE connection, much faster than a ten megabits per second wired connection, and comparable to the speeds that people get with wired fiber connections.


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And even though it’s a wireless connection, 5G has a much lower latency than the wired connection you have at home. According to the FCC, fiber connections tend to have a 17-millisecond delay, and cable Internet connections tend to have a latency of about 28 milliseconds. But AT&T claims that their 5G connections have a delay between 9 and 12 milliseconds. That shortened delay time makes streaming, downloading, gaming, and video chatting much more reliable.

RELATED: What Is 5G, and How Fast Will It Be?

What Cities Already Have 5G?

Cities that already have 5G in the USA at the start of 2019.

AT&T is blue, T-Mobile is magenta, and Verizon is red. MapCustomizer

Service providers have been testing 5G in the real world to see how it works. Plus, they’re racing to get your money. As a result, there are already some cities that have 5G connections. If you happen to live in one of these cities, you’ll want to keep in mind that you can’t really use mobile 5G connections without a compatible phone, so you’ll have to wait a few months before 5G products start hitting the market.

These US cities have 5G right now, as of January 17, 2019:

Verizon (Home internet service):

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Houston, TX

AT&T:

  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Louisville, KY
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Waco, TX

T-Mobile:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • New York, NY
  • Dallas, TX
  • Claimed that they’d bring 5G to 26 other unspecified cities in 2018.

Sprint:

  • Sprint is set to merge with T-Mobile. They’ve been helping T-Mobile build their 5G network.

Which Cities Will Get 5G in 2019?

Cities scheduled to roll out 5G in the USA sometime in 2019

AT&T is blue, Sprint is yellow, and Verizon is red.

Nationwide coverage won’t be arriving in 2019, but all the big US cellular carriers have announced plans to roll out 5G in more cities this year.

These cities will get 5G sometime in 2019, according to the cellular carriers:

AT&T:

  • San Jose, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Nashville, TN
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Plans to have nationwide coverage by 2020.

Verizon: (These aren’t officially confirmed, but Verizon ran trial 5G networks in the following cities and has already launched 5G service in other cities it ran trial networks in, so they’re our best guess.)

  • Denver, CO
  • Washington D.C.
  • Miami, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Brockton, MA
  • Ann Arbor, M
  • Bernardsville, NJ
  • Dallas, TX
  • Seattle, WA

T-Mobile:

  • Plans to provide coverage to 2/3 of America by 2021, but hasn’t specified which cities will have T-Mobile 5G in 2019. Since they’re set to merge with Sprint, they’ll probably gain all of the 5G networks that Sprint is building in 2019.

Sprint:

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Washington D.C.
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Kansas City, MI
  • New York, NY
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX

There’s a good chance you don’t live in one of these cities, even if you live in the US. That’s why we don’t recommend buying a 5G phone in 2019. If you do live in a 5G city and you’re excited about new technology, you might want to disregard our advice and be an early adopter anyway. But expect some issues with those first-generation phones—and don’t count on Apple’s next iPhone supporting 5G, either.

RELATED: Why You Shouldn’t Buy A 5G Phone In 2019

How Will Companies Bring 5G To Your City?

Modern rural home with outdoor lighting at night

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Wireless companies will install transmitters all over a city, with about 150-250 meters between each transmitter. These dense networks will ensure that phones and homes maintain a fast, low-latency Internet connection. These networks will also be great for mobile hotspots, and AT&T is already offering 5G mobile hotspots to select businesses and consumers.

You can’t get a 5G phone yet, but service providers are racing to get them on the shelves. The first 5G phone will be  Samsung plans to release a 5G phone with Verizon and AT&T in the next few months. T-Mobile and Sprint (which are planning to merge) have been working with Nokia, but they haven’t specified a release date for a 5G-ready cellphone.

The only service provider that’s offering home 5G right now is Verizon, but you have to live in the right city. AT&T isn’t offering home 5G yet (although you could use their mobile hotspot service in your home), but they’re probably planning to offer home 5G to their existing home Internet customers.

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