Excellent article, written by Christian at EMF Academy. Very informative!
5g Towers Near Me – An Evolving Guide To Locating 5g Cell Towers
I just finished writing an entire article about 5G cell towers, including what they are, how they work, and if they are dangerous. After I published that article and people started reading it, I had dozens of people asking follow up questions about how they can track where 5G towers are near them.
So, instead of making that post longer (it’s already over 5000 words) I decided to make a separate guide to help you find out whether there are 5G towers in your home town, and how near they are to where you’re sitting.
I’m calling this an evolving guide to locating 5G cell towers for a few reasons:
Tools outlining where 5G is being implemented are scarce, and more ones are likely to be introduced in the future.
This is something that needs to be current, so I’m going to update it whenever a new or better way to track the specific locations of 5G towers come out.
As an example of this, I have a great guide on how to locate current (non-5G) cell towers. In fact, there is a tool called Antennasearch that will show you on a map, all the towers near your address. However, this tool does not show 5G small cell towers, and likely won’t for quite a while. If it ever does, I’ll be sure to update this guide to include it.
For now, we’re going to walk through the tools and resources we have available in late 2019 to find the 5G towers near you.
The first thing we need to do is finding out if 5G is even in your city.
Do I Have 5G In My City?
There are a few tools for this, but I want to start by talking about, in my opinion, the best one by far. It’s a tool called The 5G Map by the company Ookla.
You can find it at the following website: https://www.speedtest.net/ookla-5g-map
The first screen you’ll land on will look like this:
Now, this is a fantastic tool, but I want to explain a few things so that you’ll get the most out of it.
First of all, the different “deployment types” that you see in the Key on the right.
Commercial Availability – This means that 5G is currently available, to any consumers of a certain carrier. This is it, this means that 5G is actually live in this area. We’ll talk about this more in a second.
Limited Availability – This means that 5G is available, but not to everyone. This often means that it is specific to an industry, a sector, or for testing by a specific carrier.
Pre-Release – This means that the actual 5G cell towers are installed and setup, but it is either being tested in this area, or not yet commercially available.
Now, let’s talk a little bit about how to use this tool, and then we’ll talk about the next steps to use to know if 5G is actually in your area.
First, you can use the “5G News & Updates” to see the latest information about the commercial release of 5G. For instance, at the time of writing this article, Ookla mentions that 5G is now commercially available in areas of Washington, DC, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Atlanta.
I check this ticker every few days and am absolutely amazed at how fast 5G is rolling out. In previous articles talking about 5G, I’ve mentioned that it is “on its way,” or “almost here.” Well, now it’s here. It might not be everywhere, but make no mistake 5G is absolutely live and commercially available in dozens of cities around the world, and that will soon be hundreds of cities.
In fact, at the time of writing this in late 2019, there are already 833 5G deployments worldwide (between commercial, limited, and pre-release) available from 63 different operators or carriers.
Alright, now let’s talk about how to actually locate if 5G is in your city.
In order to illustrate this point consistently throughout the article, I’m going to pretend I live in downtown Los Angelas, near the staples center.
How To Use the Ookla 5G Map To Find 5G Towers Near You
The first thing you need to do is to uncheck all of the “Deployment Types” that I defined above except for the “commercial availability.” The other types will show you where 5G is coming, but it won’t show you where it is live and active, and that is what we’re after int his post.
Next, find where you live on the map, and zoom in closer to your city, either using your mouse wheel or the + and – at the top left of the map. So for me, I would zoom in on Los Angeles, and see this:
Next step, click on the numbered dot (or dots) that you see to review who the carrier is for the 5G network, and what the availability is.
I got this:
There we go, now we know that Los Angeles, California, currently has commercial availability of 5G, provided by T-Mobile (A common US carrier).
As a side note, I’ll also mention that AT&T also has “limited availability” of 5G, which means that the hardware is in place, but we’re not sure to what extent it is being used yet.
Now that we know there is T-Mobile 5G Available in LA, we need to find out where that coverage actually exists…