Looking forward to a future connected by powerful 5G networks? T-Mobile has brought the future to us today by launching the U.S.’s first nationwide 5G network, trumping the efforts of other U.S. carriers.
The Un-carrier’s new 5G network is massive by 5G standards, covering more than 200 million people in more than 5,000 cities and towns across the U.S. — an area of more a million square miles, much of it belonging to more rural parts of America. This approach stands in strong contrast to the efforts of other carriers, which have concentrated their efforts into mostly urban areas, with small pockets of 5G available in some of the U.S.’s largest cities. The difference between the two approaches was commented by T-Mobile CEO John Legere, in his usual acerbic style.
“5G is here on a nationwide scale. This is a HUGE step towards
A big part of T-Mobile’s confidence comes from the fact that this is so-called “real” 5G. Legere has previously been critical of competitors Verizon and AT&T, and boasts of T-Mobile’s dedication to real
On the other hand, Verizon and AT&T have focused their efforts on “high-band spectrum”, which has a much smaller range — but has the advantage of being tremendously faster, with peak speeds up to 10Gbps. T-Mobile’s low-band spectrum 5G will probably top out at around 100Mbps. Still, that’s pretty darn fast by most standards.
Best of all, T-Mobile hasn’t finished yet. In an amusing Twitter video published by Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s president of technology, a second button marked “New T-Mobile 5G” can be seen at the end — hinting there’s yet more to come. What could boost T-Mobile’s
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