5G is here in Knoxville but what is it and how does it work?

Better call connections and faster speeds. That’s what major carriers like AT&T, U.S. Cellular and Verizon are promising with the rollout of 5G in Knoxville and across hundreds of towns in their service areas.

The beginning of the U.S. 5G network came online in 2019 but the pandemic caused significant setbacks for building and upgrading wireless infrastructure. Every 5G provider is in a different phase of development. 

In Knoxville, 5G is in its infancy. But once the infrastructure has been established, the technology will lead to new inventions and innovations. 

“What I get excited about is the unknown,” said Lori Dawson, senior director of services engineering for U.S. Cellular.

How does 5G compare to 4G? We decided to test it all over Knoxville. Here’s what we found


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