The four nationwide carriers in the U.S. have launched some form of 5G services, and the largest regional carriers have announced plans to make 5G service available. As of 22 January 2020, this is the available information on deployment by significant U.S. wireless carriers:
AT&T offers two types of 5G in the U.S.:
- 5G+ in parts of 35 U.S. cities: AT&T’s 5G+ service provides higher speed and extra capacity to serve high traffic places like arenas and campuses.
- 5G in 19 U.S. markets: AT&T’s 5G service uses low-band spectrum to offer broader coverage. AT&T anticipates offering its 5G service nationwide in the first half of 2020.
Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service is now available in 31 U.S. cities. This service also is available in 15 National Football League stadiums and John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. Verizon has announced that it will expand its 5G Ultra Wideband service to an additional four cities.
T-Mobile began providing 5G service in December 2019:
- The current deployment covers over 99% of the U.S. population in more than 5,000 cities and towns across the U.S. using low-band 600 MHz spectrum.
- If T-Mobile closes its acquisition of Sprint, T-Mobile has announced that it will use mid-band spectrum to improve its 5G service and millimetre wave spectrum for hotspot-like coverage in dense urban areas.
Sprint’s True Mobile 5G is available in parts of 9 major U.S. cities, using mid-band 2.5 GHz spectrum and deploying Massive MIMO radios on existing cell sites.
U.S. Cellular plans to roll out 5G in 2020, beginning in parts of Iowa and Wisconsin and to expand beyond those areas over time. It will use low-band 600 MHz spectrum.
C Spire launched a 5G millimetre wave fixed wireless service in December 2018 near Gulfport, Mississippi. C Spire also has been reported to be close to completing work for its 5G transition, but has stated that it is still in the early stages of 5G deployment.
Shentel has said it plans to deploy Massive MIMO technology and test 5G, but has not announced a date when 5G service will be available.
Cable operators, including Comcast, Charter, and Altice, are expected to provide 5G through resale of the service offered by national carriers. Comcast and Charter have indicated that they intend to offer 5G via the Verizon network.
Charlie Ergen, Chairman of DISH Network, testified at the T-Mobile/Sprint merger trial that DISH plans to deploy 10,000 sites for its 5G network by the end of 2022. In connection with the T‑Mobile/Sprint merger, DISH has committed to serve 70 percent of the U.S. population with download speeds of 35 Mbps by 14 June 2023. DISH currently does not provide wireless telephone service in the U.S.