AT&T’s low-band 5G network is now available nationwide

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AT&T’s low-band 5G network is now nationwide. 
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AT&T’s 5G network crossed an important milestone Thursday, with the telecom giant announcing on its second-quarter earnings call that its low-band 5G network is now available to 205 million people.By crossing the 200 million people mark the company now meets the Federal Communication Commission definition for a nationwide network. 

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AT&T joins T-Mobile, which has had a nationwide 5G network since last December when it turned on its low-band 5G service, as the only two US carriers with nationwide 5G. T-Mobile’s network currently covers over 225 million people while rival Verizon plans to launch its own nationwide low-band 5G network later this year.  In addition to expanding its 5G network, AT&T is also expanding its 5G access on Aug. 7 to include its Unlimited Starter plan. The carrier previously limited 5G only to those who paid for its two priciest unlimited plans, known as Unlimited Extra and Unlimited Elite. Those on Cricket, AT&T’s prepaid brand, will be able to get 5G on Aug. 21 though they will need to have the Samsung Galaxy …

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