T-Mobile hits its goal of 200 million covered by ‘ultra capacity’ 5G a few weeks early

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T-Mobile’s mid-band bet pays off to catch AT&T and Verizon struggle

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T-Mobile has announced that its “ultra capacity” 5G network now covers more than 200 million people in the US, a target the company previously set to reach by the end of 2021.

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T-Mobile uses its “ultra capacity” 5G label for its mid-band and mmWave networks, both of which provide much faster speeds than its low-band “5G Extended Range” networks. The low-band network — which is closer in actual speed to 4G LTE — has a wider reach, with T-Mobile claiming it “covers 308 million people in 1.7 million square miles.”

The rollout here is particularly noteworthy given T-Mobile’s success with its mid-band network – PCMag bearer crowned As the fastest in 2021, primarily due to the strength and coverage of its mid-band spectrum rollout. Meanwhile, AT&T and Verizon have largely halted their mid-spectrum efforts: Both companies were planning to rely on C-band spectrum to shore up their mid-band coverage, but the FAA warnings After that rollout has been stopped. That network could be messing with radio-based security systems on some aircraft.

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Of course, there’s a big difference between “covering” that many people and what they actually have using T-Mobile, and despite the celebration here, T-Mobile actually only serves a fraction of those customers. . At the end of 2020, The company had just over 100 million customers., which is still a far cry from the 200 million people who can now theoretically have access to its faster 5G network.

And just because T-Mobile’s 5G UC network has hit a milestone, that doesn’t mean there’s still a lot of work to do to advance its network: populations concentrated in the U.S. in major cities and dense urban areas. Thanks to groups, reaching “large” coverage numbers is comparatively easy. T-Mobile’s future rollout plans are expected to move at a much slower pace, with the company hoping to reach 5G UC coverage for 300 million people over the next two years.

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