T-Mobile’s lead in midband 5G has increased. On Monday, the carrier announced that it has reached its 2021 goal of covering 200 million people with this faster cellular network, coming six weeks ahead of its previously stated target for the end of this year.
The milestone lets T-Mobile know that its faster version of 5G is now available “nationwide” in the US. The Federal Communications Commission describes a nationwide cellular network that covers 200 million people.
Rivals AT&T and Verizon have similar plans to launch their own, faster midband 5G networks. All three national providers haveThis year is known as the C-band from the FCC.
AT&T and Verizon planned to launch these related services in parts of some US cities in 2021, butDue to safety concerns about this particular spectrum band in relation to altimeters found in aircraft. The concern has prompted both carriers to delay deployment until January 5.
Prior to the FAA objection, Verizon said it aimed to cover Its midband 5G. with 100 million people
till March. AT&T was aiming By the end of 2022, an expansion of over 100 million in early 2023. T-Mobile has similarly purchased some C-band spectrum, but won’t be able to begin deploying it until late 2023.
Neville Wray, T-Mobile’s president of technology, tells Nerdshala that even though his company is “not under the same pressure that AT&T and Verizon” are experiencing when it comes to accessing that spectrum quickly, it’s the industry. The group is working with CTIA to address concerns about the use of C-band.
Ray says he believes that C-band spectrum should work fine for cellular networks without interfering with airlines, on the basis of “physics and merit”, given that this spectrum is already there. being used on a global basis” for 5G “I think” something like 40 countries today” without issue.
In addition to reaching a nationwide milestone, T-Mobile said Monday that 80% of its customers are now within coverage of its expanded midband 5G network, which it calls Ultra Capacity 5G.
The carrier previously stated that it was targeting an average download speed of 400 Mbps on this network, which is a difference from the 4G LTE-like performance of its low-band 5G network (which it calls Extended Range 5G). would be a remarkable step. While slower, that latter low-band network has better coverage and now reaches 308 million people.
For its next steps, in MarchWith midband 5G by the end of 2022, with the goal of reaching 90% of Americans by the end of 2023.