As we enter the second phase of the 5G rollout, where we actually get to use the 5G services, we bring you a list of 5G bands in the US for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. We have compiled this list with various 5G frequency bands, including the popular n41 band that’s offered by some carriers, so you can pick your mobile carrier with ease. You can find the spectrum range, the kind of frequency bands US telecom companies are using, and the sort of coverage and speed you will get on your 5G smartphone. 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 Supported by US Carriers (Updated September 2022)
In this article, we have covered 4 major US carriers, and you can find their 5G frequency bands from the list below. You can use the table below and move to a carrier of your choice.
Of all the carriers, Verizon offers the fastest average 5G speeds, up to 722Mbps, in the US, according to an Opensignal report. It’s because Verizon has a healthy balance of 5G bands from mid-band sub-6GHz to mmWave bands. On top of that, Verizon also uses DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) to bring 5G speeds in non-urban areas by combining 4G spectrums.
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.
Band Frequency Band Type n77 3.7GHz Mid-band sub-6 GHz n260 39GHz mmWave n261 28GHz mmWave 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 in the US. The average 5G speed of AT&T mobile network currently is 59.3Mbps. According to a 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.
Band Frequency Band Type n260 39GHz mmWave n5 850MHz Low-band n77 3.7GHz Mid-band sub-6 GHz
Sprint is now merged with T-Mobile, so Sprint users can access T-Mobile’s 5G network as well, offering a better experience. As for Sprint’s 5G band, it only has one 5G frequency band, but the 2.5GHz frequency band is a sweet spot when it comes to offering fast speed and good coverage.
After the merger, T-Mobile is taking great advantage of the 2.5GHz frequency band to extend faster 5G services to its users. The mid-band frequency in Sprint’s 5G network is offering a download speed of around 180Mbps on average.
Band Frequency Band Type n41 2.5GHz Mid-band sub-6GHz
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.
Band Frequency Band Type n41 2.5GHz Mid-band sub-6GHz n260 39GHz mmWave n261 28GHz mmWave n71 600MHz Low-band
Learn All About 5G Bands of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile
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 rather limited and restricted to a select few urban places. So before choosing your mobile carrier in the US, 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, let us know in the comment section below.