5G coverage is available to most of the United States, including many rural areas and small towns. However, you’ll find the fastest levels of 5G in cities.
Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are the three major cellular carriers of 5G service in the U.S.. Check their coverage maps to see if 5G is available in your area. Naturally, you’ll need a wireless plan with one of the providers and a 5G phone or other device to access the network.
T-Mobile has the nation’s largest, fastest 5G network so far, with 325 million Americans covered by its 5G network. T-Mobile is also expanding its super-fast Ultra Capacity 5G Network from 265 million Americans to 300 million Americans by the end of 2023.
Verizon and AT&T continue to expand their nationwide 5G networks as well, but they don’t have as wide of coverage as T-Mobile. Also, the fastest levels of 5G service are often not available outside of cities. Depending on where you live, especially in rural areas, you might have to settle for slower (low-band) 5G or 4G LTE coverage for now.
Bottom line: Most parts of the U.S. now have some level of 5G service, but you should check the 5G coverage map for each carrier before you decide to sign up for (or switch) mobile service. T-Mobile has the biggest 5G network, and gets the highest marks for overall availability of 5G. But Verizon might be able to offer faster 5G speeds in some cities. And AT&T covers some parts of the country that T-Mobile doesn’t reach.
Some mobile providers offer super-fast 5G in certain coverage areas, and they are branding this service with colorful, powerful-sounding names, like AT&T’s 5G+, T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G, and Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband. These ultra-fast 5G options use millimeter wave 5G spectrum for the fastest possible experience. However, the coverage map for the fastest levels of 5G is still limited; it tends to be offered in high-traffic locations like big cities, sports venues, and airports.
Check your provider’s coverage map to see if the fastest 5G experience is available near you. And rest assured that even if your community is not yet covered by ultra 5G, the overall 5G network continues to be built and expanded by big investments from wireless carriers. 5G is getting better and faster, in more places, with each passing day.
5G UW is another way to refer to 5G Ultra Wideband, which is Verizon’s branded version of mid-band 5G. Read above for more on the service.
The past few years have seen rapid expansion of 5G networks, and 5G is now available in many rural areas throughout the U.S. However, the fastest levels of 5G are not available in all locations, and some parts of the map, especially in the Mountain West, are still not reachable by 5G.
Small towns and rural areas are likely to receive low-band and mid-band 5G service, but faster millimeter wave 5G could be getting deployed at your local hospitals, factories, and agricultural sites. On the whole, 5G access is a game-changer for rural areas: faster internet, better connectivity, and lower costs than previous generations of wireless technology.