T-Mobile announces low-band 5G network2017-05-02 12:48 by Daniela
Tags: T-Mobile, 5G
T-Mobile announced plans for super-fast 5G mobile network starting in 2019. The company will use the low-frequency 600MHz spectrum—a band that it bought recently for nearly $8 billion.
The planned nationwide 5G network will let customers download high-definition movies on-the-go within seconds, use online virtual reality applications on their smartphones, and connect more smart home devices.
"We're going to run at it and run at it hard," said T-Mobile chief technology officer Neville Ray in an interview, who expects the company's 5G rollout to begin in 2019, with a target of 2020 for full nationwide coverage.
"5G will be amazing, and we can't even imagine all the cool stuff it will bring, just like with our earlier network innovations. That's why truly mobile 5G has to be nationwide - period, the end," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "The carriers are using 5G to either distract from how badly they're losing today or to give their shareholders some hope they can compete with Big Cable. Their ambitious vision for Fixed 5G to replace home internet will never provide mobile 5G coverage. It makes no sense."
Meanwhile, T-Mobile also plans to use some of its 600MHz coverage for 4G LTE. It'll begin deploying that coverage this year, and it is expected that a 600MHz-capable Samsung device will be available in stores for the holidays.
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