The new millimeter-wave network, or what AT&T calls “5G+,” will be available in “parts” of New York City, though parts may be a bit of a stretch. In its release, AT&T acknowledges that the service will be in “limited areas initially” with a company spokesperson telling CNET that the new service will be available first in parts “near and around East Village, Greenwich Village and Gramercy Park.”
AT&T has multiple versions of 5G, with 5G+ denoting its super-fast but limited range millimeter-wave flavor. The company also has “sub-6” spectrum that covers wider areas but at slower speeds which it will simply call “5G.” Both of those forms of actual 5G are different than 5GE, thethat is currently available across the country.
“As a densely-populated, global business and entertainment hub, New York City stands to benefit greatly from having access to 5G, and we’ve been eager to introduce the service here,” said Amy Kramer, president of AT&T’s New York region, in a statement. “While our initial availability in NYC is a limited introduction at launch, we’re committed to working closely with the City to extend coverage to more neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.”
Though limited in range, New York becomes the twenty-first city where AT&T has deployed 5G, extending the company’s early lead in the 5G race over Verizon (), T-Mobile ( ) and Sprint ( ). Those rival carriers, however, are letting anyone use their respective networks, not just select businesses or developers.
It is still unclear when AT&T will make 5G available to everyone, but the company plans to deploy a nationwide 5G network on its wider-ranging “sub-6” spectrum in the “first half of 2020.”