When Is 5G Coming to the US? (Updated for 2018)

5G isn't here yet but it's coming! Here's our best guess by mobile provider

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5G will provide an infrastructure that supports faster mobile connections so that you can stream smoother movies, upload videos quicker, and connect more of your devices to the internet with less delays.

However, 5G service isn’t available just yet, and release dates are different for every carrier.

Note: Not in the US? See 5G Availability Around the World for release dates in other countries like Japan and China.

AT&T’s 5G Service

AT&T ran 5G trials in Austin TX, Waco TX, Kalamazoo MI, and South Bend IN in 2017. These trials have given AT&T the confidence to claim “commercial deployment as early as late 2018.”

Sprint’s 5G Service

Sprint plans to provide 5G wireless service to customers in late 2019.

T-Mobile’s 5G Service

T-Mobile will begin rolling out 5G service in 2019 and should provide nationwide 5G coverage in 2020.

Verizon’s 5G Service

After having performed 5G fixed wireless access tests in numerous cities in 2017, Verizon plans to release 5G in three to five cities in 2018.

The first Verizon 5G release will be in Sacramento CA in the second half of the year, but no more details are available just yet.

Sacramento was one of the cities where Verizon first tested 5G, so they might provide full 5G in those other areas soon after, including Atlanta, Brockton, Dallas, Houston, Bernardsville, Denver, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Miami, and Washington, DC.

It’s also possible that other larger cities like New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, will have access to Verizon’s 5G service in late 2018 or early 2019.

You can stay current with Verizon’s plans to release 5G on their 5G Technology page.