As the 5G services continue to commercially grow, here is a list of 5G bands in the US for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Here is a compiled list comprising with various 5G frequency bands including the popular n41 band so you can pick your mobile carrier easily. You can find the spectrum range, what kind of frequency band carriers are using, and what sort of coverage and speed you would get on your 5G device. So on that note, let’s go ahead and find the complete list of 5G bands for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the US.
5G Bands in the US for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile (January 2021)
Since this is a quiet lengthy article, we have added a table of contents for easier navigation.
Here, we have covered four major US carriers and you can find their 5G frequency bands from the list below. You can click on the link and move to a carrier of your choice.
Of all the carriers, Verizon offers the fastest average 5G speed (722Mbps), according to an Opensignal report. It’s because Verizon has a healthy balance of 5G bands from mid-band to mmWave bands. On top of that, Verizon also uses DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) to bring 5G speed by combining 4G spectrums in non-urban areas.
Not to mention, Verizon has the highest share of the 28GHz band which makes it one of the biggest potential mmWave carriers in the US. Note that Verizon calls sub-6GHz frequency as Nationwide 5G and mmWave frequency as Ultra Wide Band 5G.
Mid-band sub-6 GHz
|n2, n5, n66||1900MHz, 850MHz, 1700-2100MHz||
DSS with LTE
While AT&T won the 39GHz spectrum in May 2020, it’s still relying on its old 850MHz frequency band to offer low-band 5G to users. The average 5G speed of AT&T is currently 59.3Mbps. According to this report, AT&T has launched 39GHz 5G in parts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s expected that AT&T’s 39GHz 5G will offer speed up to 3Gbps.
Sprint only has one 5G frequency band right now, but the 2.5GHz frequency band is a sweet spot when it comes to offering great speed and good coverage. Now Sprint has been merged with T-Mobile and the latter is taking great advantage of the 2.5GHz frequency band. The mid-band frequency is offering download speed around 180Mbps on average.
After Verizon, if there is one carrier that offers both mmWave and Mid-band 5G then it’s T-Mobile. As I mentioned above, after the Sprint-T-Mobile merger, the company is offering Mid-band 5G services using the 2.5GHz band. In addition, it has the spectrum for mmWave 5G as well: 28GHz and 39GHz. And to serve the downtown areas, T-Mobile is using 600MHz 5G. The best part is that it has an average 5G speed of 243Mbps, right behind Verizon.
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So these are the 5G bands that you need to know if you are based out of the US. Currently, there are only a few carriers who are offering mmWave 5G to the masses. Even in such cases, the coverage area is very limited and restricted to some urban places. So before choosing your mobile carrier, do take a look at all the 5G frequency bands they are offering. Anyway, that is all from us. If you found the article helpful then let us know in the comment section below.
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