The three major cell phone companies in the north country are continuing their upgrades to its 5G network.
Depending on location, cell phone provider, and phone, people may be seeing a 5G connection.
5G has different services. “Low-band” is comparable to 4G networks, while 5G through “mid and high bands” is faster.
Mid-band 5G is comparable to the coaxial cable connections that exist. High-band 5G can provide up to 3 gigabytes per second, which is fast enough to download an HD feature-length film in under a minute.
T-Mobile, which has merged with Sprint, was the first telecommunications provider to offer 5G in the north country.
It states that it currently covers around 60% of Jefferson County and provides 5G to 94% of people who live and work in Jefferson County.
“T-Mobile consistently ranks as the fastest provider in New York and we are always upgrading and building out our network, deploying more 5G technology with each upgrade or new site we use,” it said in a prepared statement.
AT&T states that it too is investing and expanding its network.
“We continually invest in and expand our network, including in communities like Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. Our wireless customers, including first responders in these areas currently have access to AT&T 5G. AT&T 5G using low-band spectrum reaches 290 million people in more than 24,000 cities and towns in the U.S.,” it said in a prepared statement.
A plain 5G symbol on a cell phone means that the phone is connected on the low-band while the 5G logo with a “UC” next to it means mid-band, and a “UW” means a connection to the high-band.
A Verizon spokesperson said that it is continuing to do upgrades.
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