AT&T Communications has extended its 5G network to the Puerto Rican island municipalities of Vieques and Culebra, thus completing its territory-wide rollout. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, AT&T’s 5G services initially went live in Aguadilla, Aibonito Municipality, Arecibo, Mayaguez, Ponce, Rincon Municipality and San Juan in June this year. The low band 5G network utilises former 3G spectrum in the 850MHz band.
In addition, the telco has activated 5G in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) for the first time. Local news site News Is My Business quotes Jose Juan Davila, general manager of AT&T in Puerto Rico and the USVI, as saying: ‘We’re very excited about today’s announcements. The expansion of our 5G network to the island municipality of Culebra comes at the ideal time for our customers to enjoy their new 5G equipment throughout all of Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra, and the islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John.’
In October 2019 AT&T agreed to sell its operations in Puerto Rico and the USVI to Liberty Latin America (LLA) in a deal worth USD1.95 billion. With regulatory approval of the deal still pending, the US telco has pressed ahead with its 5G rollout, as it seeks to keep pace with T-Mobile US, which launched 5G in Puerto Rico and the USVI in December 2019.