T-Mobile will begin deploying 5G coverage in 2019


T-Mobile’s been talking quite a bit about its 600MHz spectrum since the auction for those airwaves came to an end last month, and today T-Mo revealed more of its 600MHz plans.

T-Mobile announced today that it will use some of its newly acquired 600MHz spectrum for its 5G network. It also has 200MHz of 28/39GHz bands that covers nearly 100 million people in major metro areas and “an impressive volume” of mid-band spectrum for 5G use. The goal is to offer a 5G network that has both reach and offers the high-speeds that people will expect from 5G.

“There’s no such thing as ‘5G spectrum,’ and in the next decade we’ll see everything moving to 5G,” T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said. “Nationwide Mobile 5G will require both high-band AND broad low-band coverage, and having unused nationwide 600 MHz spectrum means T-Mobile is in an ideal position to deliver.”

T-Mobile’s goal is to begin deploying 5G coverage in 2019, and it hopes to have nationwide coverage in 2020. That’s definitely a ways off, but there’s still work to be done with regard to 5G standards, new chipsets, equipment, and so on. Companies like Ericsson and Nokia have committed to helping T-Mobile deploy 600MHz and 5G coverage.

In the mean time, T-Mobile also plans to use some of its 600MHz coverage for 4G LTE. It’ll begin deploying that coverage this year, and T-Mo expects to have a 600MHz-capable Samsung device on store shelves in time for the holidays.

Source: T-Mobile (1), (2)

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  • Sharti24

    They should just wait till 2019 to deploy all of the 600mhz spectrum for 5G. Hopefully they dont have another hspa+ and LTE mess on their hands. Shutdown hspa now and only run 2G and LTE

    • Dakota_Offspring

      “Shutdown hspa+ now and only run 2G and LTE” Do you realize what you just said?

      • Sharti24

        Yes. You have to keep 2G around for all the m2m devices that tmobile uses. Plus if you have a hspa only phone (ie the G2) it would still work. Hspa is a spectrum hog and theres no point in running it other than to keep people with older devices connected to faster internet than edge

        • (J²)

          T-Mobile doesn’t need a 2G network. Whether it’s 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G or LTE, T-Mobile can place speed caps on certain devices connecting to it’s network. Think of it is “Throttling” but just all the time.

          They need to just finish shutting down their 2G network.


          T-Mobile upgraded its HSPA and re-branded it as 4G, they technically do not have a 3G network anymore. Neither does AT&T if I’m not mistaken. You are basically suggesting that T-Mobile eliminate it’s backup which is 4G. So 50% of the T-Mobile, your phone would be a useless brick on 2G.

        • Sharti24

          What im saying is keep 2G for all the flip phones and m2m. Why have hspa if you have LTE? And yes if you have a hspa phone and they shutdown hspa that will force you to upgrade to a LTE device, Or you can keep your device and use it on 2G forcing people to upgrade. No need for hspa anymore. Use that spectrum for LTE

        • Dakota_Offspring

          It makes no sense from a business and financial perspective to keep 2G around. That’s why AT&T sunset their 2G network. It’s time for m2m to upgrade to LTE and same goes for the Einsteins using flip phones.

        • marque2

          The extra 2g cash flowing TMo’s suggests otherwise

        • Dakota_Offspring

          But look at the big picture. Is the “extra 2g cash” profitable enough to cover the overhead costs that come with maintaining such an outdated network? And is it profitable by the same margin you would expect with their existing LTE network?

        • Tanner B. Harman

          Tmobile has already started shutting down hspa though. Yet, they are keeping edge around.

        • (J²)

          Oh I know, I don’t necessarily agree with them keeping 2G around though.

        • They HAVE to. They just spent the last two years telling all the companies that were displaced by AT&T shutting down their own 2G that they’d be good on T-Mobile.

        • Brandon

          I totally agree. 2G is absolutely pointless

        • marque2

          HSPA+ is generally considered the highest order of the 3g family, but since the speeds were similar to the LTE which was released at the time is was allowed to be called 4g. In reality none of the networks operate at True 4g speed even in ideal conditions.

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  • mreveryphone

    That failed merger with the death star has proven to be the best thing to happen to magenta…

    • Acdc1a

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  • Fabian Cortez

    It also has 200MHz of 28/39GHz bands that covers nearly 100 million people in major metro areas and “an impressive volume” of mid-band spectrum for 5G use.

    This makes perfect sense as there are a lot of remote areas (a majority of the country) where T-Mobile acquired 40+ MHz of 600 MHz.

    The excess spectrum will compliment their other spectrum assets for “5G.”

    • John Doe

      Yes, but how will they get the 28/39GHz bands in rural areas? That is the main question I think is how will they implement high frequency bands? They have to use high frequency bands ALONG WITH low band spectrum to get gigabit speeds with low latency. You cannot use just 600MHz to get “5G” so it will be interesting to see what T-Mobile plans on doing.

      • Joe

        How far can this 28/39GHz spectrum even travel? I am guessing best case scenario would be 10ft.

        • wright1bby

          In an urban environment if you are within 100 meters it will generally work. It will not be deployed in rural environments.

        • Joe

          Damn yeah that is awful. I think it will be more of a in building deployment like subways, malls, stadium, etc.

      • riverhorse

        My guess is rural may not get 5g, or at least not full blast… although the speeds may still be OK… best case scenario.
        Rural will always trail behind-and will likely always have areas with no coverage / or bandwidth only good for basic calling and texting… likely 5G scenario.

        Irregardless of Theory: distance coverage improvements, Pragmatically: the 3+ year rollout timetable is very telling.

        If rural ever gets 100% coverage it won’t be just from this but likely from a patchwork of technologies and partnerships.

        Sent from my behind, a spot on prognosticator.

  • Sharti24

    what the f’s a bieber? Lol


  • Trevnerdio

    4G LTE has a theoretical maximum of 1gbps as per the 3GPP…so 5G is just a marketing buzzword. However, I’m pretty excited for what’s next.

    • Acdc1a

      Just like 4G was prior to the launch of a true 4G standard (LTE).

      • End User

        LTE is not 4G, LTE is 3G. AdvancedLTE is the 4G standard.

        • Acdc1a

          LTE and WiMax were both accepted by MWC as actual 4G technologies as HSPA+ didn’t meet even the theoretical 4G standard. Therefore LTE (and WiMax for that matter) is a 4G standard.

    • End User

      1 gbps is not a theoretical maximum, it is what defines a service as being 4G, the ability to deliver at the minimum 1 gbps stationary and 100 mbps while moving at 50 miles per hour.
      If it’s not delivering at least 1 gbps while you are sitting still, then it’s not 4G.
      3G never got a speed definition, the carriers fought it off fiercely and even got a 2G technology (Edge) specifically defined as a 3G technology even though it never once met the stated goals of 3G. Compare that to 2G that did have a “theoretical max” of 50 kbps defined for data transmissions.

      • Trevnerdio

        Well if you’re just calling GPRS “2G” then I wholeheartedly agree with that. You’d be lucky to get 50kbps on GPRS. Are you sure it’s 1gbps minimum stationary? It’s been quite a while since I’ve read it, I don’t remember exactly what it says.

  • Mike

    Note 8 will be 600 mhz compatible atleast but I don’t see any use for it until the end of 2018 or in 2019. Samsung is usually the first to take add new frequencies when Apple is the slowest.

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