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AT&T Claims Largest 5G Network, Accelerates High-Speed 5G Expansion

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Mar 22, 2023, 10:41 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

AT&T has released updated numbers on its growing 5G network. AT&T 5G now covers 290 million people, or 87% of the US population. AT&T has also accelerated its rollout of higher-speed 5G using mid-band (C-Band) and mmWave (which AT&T brands "5G+") frequencies. AT&T now offers fast mid-band 5G covering 150 million people, "more than double our original end-of-year 2022 target". The company also doubled the number of arenas, stadiums, and airports with ultra-fast mmWave 5G, bringing that number to nearly 70. Including 4G, AT&T's network now covers more than 2.91 million square miles, the most of any US carrier. That's an increase of 100,000 square miles in 2022, an area the size if the UK. That includes a 40% increase in coverage on federally recognized tribal lands in the last 2 years.


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Mar 22, 2023, 8:01 PM


I fail to see where AT&T claimed the largest 5G network. Unless they're including 5GE like the way T-Mobile considered HSPA+ as "4G" then sure it's a nice large network, but unless it's that NR-5G and not just a piggyback off LTE with a 5G icon to fool customers, then I'm pretty sure AT&T doesn't have the largest 5G network.
I agree. I read their whole claim a couple of times and they are only claiming 'the largest wireless network in America,' not the largest 5G wireless network. Coverage of 2.91M sq miles includes their LTE coverage. And their '290M people covered' by 5...

Mar 24, 2023, 4:20 AM

Quality Versus Quantity

Over the years, the major nationwide wireless providers have boasted that they have the "largest" network of some sort, whether it be voice, data, or both. However, network reliability and call quality are far more important these days rather than coverage. Most people rely solely upon their mobile phones for communication, so it must be a solid replacement for a landline. So, the true test of any network is how well it performs where it will be used most.
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