T-Mobile announced it deployed the first nationwide 5G network in the U.S. this week. The network will cover more than 200 million people and more than 5,000 cities and towns across the country, according to the carrier. The T-Mobile 5G network covers more than 1 million square miles—much of it in rural parts of the U.S. The carrier also expressed confidence that it will be able to deliver “5G for All” if its merger with Sprint closes.
5G Mobile Devices
T-Mobile’s has two new 5G “super phones”, the exclusive OnePlus 7T 5G McLaren and the Samsung Galaxy Note10+. They are currently available for pre-order and will be in the carrier’s stores on December 6. Both devices will tap into T-Mobile’s 600 MHz 5G network where it’s available and T-Mobile’s advanced nationwide LTE elsewhere. The phones are also ready to use Sprint’s 5G spectrum when it’s available from the New T-Mobile if the merger closes. Metro by T-Mobile will launch the United States’ first nationwide prepaid 5G on December 6.
They are expecting to launch more than 15 new 5G smartphones with a variety of price points and features next year.
“5G is here on a nationwide scale,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a release. “This is a huge step towards 5G for All. While Dumb and Dumber focus on 5G for the (wealthy) few, launching in just a handful of cities — and forcing customers into their most expensive plans to get 5G — we’re committed to building broad, deep nationwide 5G that people and businesses can access at no extra cost with the New T-Mobile. Today is just the start of that journey.”
T-Mobile 5G network facts and figures
The T-Mobile 5G network will cover more than 60 percent of the population. The 200 million people and 5,000 towns it is expected to cover are 20,000 percent more towns than Verizon and AT&T, according to the carrier. T-Mobile’s 5G network also goes through walls, which has been an issue for other carriers’ 5G networks. Anyone with a capable device can access T-Mobile’s 5G network and the cost will be the same as T-Mobile’s LTE.
“The carriers have been over-hyping 5G for years now, setting expectations beyond what they can deliver,” their President of Technology Neville Ray said in a statement. “Meanwhile at T-Mobile, we built 5G that works for more people in more places, and this is just the start. With the New T-Mobile, we’ll see 5G speeds follow the same path as LTE, increasing exponentially over time. Plus, real broad and deep 5G will unleash whole new categories of innovation that will touch almost every area of the economy. The 5G future is bright, and it starts today.”
They started their 5G network by creating a foundation with broad nationwide access for more people in more places. If the its merger with Sprint becomes official, T-Mobile plans to use mid-band spectrum for broad coverage and performance. As well as millimeter wave spectrum to offer hotspot-like coverage in dense urban areas. “Only this combination will deliver a 5G network with both breadth and depth, something the carriers simply cannot do as quickly,” the company said in a release.