Have you been very eager to try T-Mobile’s 5G network? Well, there is a sad news for you then. You will need to wait a little more to be able to use it. Neville Ray, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of T-Mobile said that the company won’t be formally launching its 5G service in its first 30 cities until the second half of 2019.
If you remember, Ray had told, a year ago, in an interview that the launch would happen in the first half. He added that he had hoped at the time the handset manufacturers and chipset makers would be ready to build a phone that taps into its lower-band 600 Mhz spectrum. It is using the same to power 5G across a portion of the country.
T-Mobile 5G Rollout Date Delayed: Launch In 2nd Half of 2019
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the first 5G smartphone that is using high-frequency bands compatible with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Ray has thrown a wrinkle in the 5 G race. Each and every network carrier is trying to be the first to provide the next-generation wireless tech. With 5G action, the data speed will increase manifold. The network will become faster and responsive.
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AT&T has already launched its 5G services in a dozen markets, but in limited areas. Verizon has a home 5G network. Sprint is going to launch 5 G in four markets in May 2019.
The reason behind the delay in T-Mobile 5G rollout is the complexity of building a 5G network. The companies are looking for the best spectrum they can use. On one hand, Verizon and AT&T use millimeter wave spectrum that can deliver super-high speeds, but with limited range. On the other hand, T-Mobile has opted for lower-band spectrum that provides slower peak speaks, but better coverage.
The millimeter wave spectrum-powered devices attracted most of the early investment. According to Ray, T-Mobile will sell the Galaxy S10 5 G. However, he seemed unsure if the company would even market the benefits because T-Mobile’s own millimeter-wave deployment was so limited.
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Ray said that AT&T and Verizon pulling ahead on the 5 G race doesn’t worry him because the millimeter wave offers a limited range. According to him, any telecom company can’t charge a US consumer a big premium for a service that works on three street corners only. He has also said that the company would cover more than 1000 square miles soon.
We don’t know the actual coverage plans of AT&T and Verizon yet. The latter two companies didn’t make an immediate comment. The CTO said that the company is waiting for a device that can tap into its 600 mhz spectrum. Once available, they will go big with 5 G in the second half. He didn’t tell which company would supply the same.