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AT&T hypes 5G+ service in Tampa—but how disappointed will users be?

Wireless carrier AT&T recently announced its 5G+ service, which uses millimeter wave spectrum, is available for businesses, residents and visitors to use in the Tampa Bay area. The service will be deployed in some of the city’s biggest venues like Tampa International Airport and Raymond James Stadium, which will host the Super Bowl next month. AT&T customers who have a compatible device and qualifying plan will have access to AT&T 5G+.

“What AT&T 5G+ will bring to parts of Tampa is really incredible, JR Luna, VPGM, AT&T Florida said in a statement. “The increased speeds are impressive, but what’s even more remarkable are the innovations that will come along with the network’s lower latency and increased capacity. I’m excited for our customers in the Tampa Bay area to experience what AT&T 5G+ will enable and I can’t wait for more parts of the city to come online.”

“AT&T is a company rooted in creating connections – whether that be for families, students or businesses, AT&T Florida President Joe York said in a statement. “By bringing AT&T 5G+ to parts of Downtown Tampa, it means we are bringing faster Internet speeds and unlocking incredible innovation at a time when connections like this are critical to our everyday lives.”

Meanwhile, travelers with an unlimited plan can enjoy AT&T’s 5G+ service the moment they turn on their capable phones at the at Tampa International Airport’s boarding gates, according to the carrier.

“This is a tremendous enhancement for our passengers and guests and we’re thrilled to be able to roll this out just in time for Super Bowl LV,” Marcus Session TPA’s VP of Information Technology Services said in a statement. “With the future increase of airport traffic, it is important that our wireless networks are enhanced to support the connected traveler. Having this kind of connectivity will help improve the passenger experience and create a positive impression for everyone who uses it.”

How much 5G will Tampa AT&T customers enjoy?

The emergence of 5G is important in the quest to enhance wireless connectivity. The fifth generation of wireless is even more critical in highly populated areas like Tampa’s Channel District—it can bring faster speeds and better connectivity despite the number of people using the network. While that’s great news for AT&T users in Tampa and parts of the 39 cities where AT&T 5G+ is live, there’s an important caveat to consider:

“5G+ is very limited and not available in all parts of locations and require compatible device and plan.”

That’s the disclaimer AT&T included in its announcement that its 5G+ service was officially launched in Tampa. The disclaimer raises some questions, such as what does “very limited” mean? Also, if 5G+ is “not available in all parts of locations”, what parts of Tampa will customers be able to access the network? How far will a traveler get from Tampa International Airport before their coverage drops?

Again, each step closer to a 5G network is an important one. However, with each of these announcements it’s important to remember that this process is a slow one and customers should double check how much 5G coverage is available in their city before they upgrade to a 5G capable cell phone.

Joe Dyton can be reached at joed@fifthgenmedia.com.

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