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5G technology now available to some Rochester area cell phone users

Emily Putnam
Updated: October 26, 2020 04:32 AM
Created: October 25, 2020 10:53 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The highly anticipated, high-speed 5G broadband cellphone technology which has been rolling out since 2019, has now reached the Rochester area.

The major appeal of the technology is its speed, running up to 100 times faster than 4G technology, but it’s not available to everyone yet. While Rochester-area AT&T and T-Mobile customers have access, Verizon customers do not.

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In a statement to News10NBC, Verizon said, “we don’t discuss our build plans for competitive reasons.” Verizon currently offers 5G in 55 cities across the country, and it’s expected to add 5 more before the end of the year. It’s unclear if Rochester will be one of them. If you’re a Verizon customer who is interested in taking advantage of 5G, click here to show your support for bringing it to Rochester.  

T-Mobile currently offers 5G in 7,500 cities (including Rochester) across all 50 states, and you can see a complete map of T-Mobile’s 5G coverage by clicking here.

AT&T offers 5G service in 36 cities, including Rochester. Its coverage map can be viewed here. 

In the age of COVID-19, 5G could have major benefits for people and businesses like telemedicine doctors, schools and students learning virtually, and gamers who depend on digital communication.

However, for businesses like internet service providers that are trying to be competitive in the digital space, the impact of 5G might not be so positive.

"Some companies, maybe like cable visions and those who offer internet over the lines, for them, definitely if they don't come up with something better than that, which I don't think so, definitely 5G will take over," said Saleh Ali, manager of Quickfix It Wireless.

If you’re not planning on upgrading to 5G anytime soon, don’t worry, 4G devices will continue to work. 5G technology is not intended to replace 4G, but to enhance it. It’s expected that 15% of all mobile devices across the globe will use 5G by 2025.


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