Neville Ray recaps T-Mobile’s 2017 network accomplishments in new video


In the final days of 2016, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray shared an end-of-year network update that touched on many of the things that T-Mo accomplished through the year. Ray did the same thing this week for 2017, but this time he gave his recap in video form.

One of the topics Ray touched on in his 2017 end-of-year recap is 600MHz. He says that T-Mobile has hundreds of 600MHz cell sites built right now, with the goal of moving that number into the thousands as we move into 2018. “600MHz is gonna explode for the U.S. consumer in 2018,” Ray says.

T-Mobile spent nearly $8 billion on 600MHz spectrum during the FCC’s auction earlier this year, and it began deploying 600MHz for 4G LTE this year. Speaking of LTE, Ray says that at the end of 2017, T-Mobile’s entire 4G LTE network covers 321 million people.

Neville Ray also broke some news in his recap video, saying that T-Mobile exceeded speeds of 1Gbps on licensed spectrum last week. T-Mo recently surpassed speeds of 1Gbps using unlicensed spectrum, and now Ray says that they’ve done the same with licensed spectrum as well.

Looking ahead, Ray reiterated T-Mobile’s plan to begin building its 5G network in 2019, and the T-Mo CTO things that we’ll begin seeing the first 5G-capable commercial devices in early 2019, too. T-Mobile hopes to reach nationwide 5G deployment in 2020.

The 3GPP completed the first 5G NR specification this week, bringing us one step closer to 5G networks. Neville Ray had this to say about the 5G NR spec:

“This is an important moment and a crucial development toward making 5G NR happen. At T-Mobile, we’re committed to drive a 5G rollout across the US in 2020, and the efforts of 3GPP will help us to realize this great win for our customers.”

You can watch Neville Ray’s full 2017 recap video above. What do you want to see from T-Mobile in 2018?

Via: MobileWorldLive
Source: T-Mobile (YouTube)

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  • mikeZo6

    What a LIE CTO Neville Ray said iPhone CAN NOT use LTE A ! CTO Neville Ray said it can in his recap 2017 listen for urself

    • slybacon

      He said it can’t take advantage of all LTE-A features. I believe the last remaining feature that the iPhone 8 and X don’t have is 4×4 MIMO…

  • Brian Campbell

    Why is there still nothing about RCS?!

  • Durandal_1707

    Is it just me, or does Neville look a bit like a Klingon?

    • SirStephenH

      He kinda does. A real Klingon, not that crap they came up with for the rebooted movies or Discovery.

  • Joe2050

    Right now I don’t care about 5G, I just want reliable 4G LTE anywhere I go both indoor/outdoor. That means nationwide roll out of Band 71 and compatible phones.

    • SirStephenH

      And that’s exactly what they’re doing. So your problem is..?

  • metalspy8

    augusta ??? can someone check what state??

    • slybacon

      Lol. There are about 13 cities named Augusta in different states.

    • Bonedatt

      If I had to guess, I’ll say it’s Augusta, Georgia (close to South Carolina).

  • Sharti24

    Time to kill 2G/3G. Common, we’re talking about 5G and there’s still 2G Edge out there lol

    • eanfoso

      That’s necessary for customers that roam in America and their 3G/LTE devices don’t have the same frequencies, since they’re different outside of America.

      • SirStephenH

        Most of the bands ARE in use outside of America. Band 4 for instance is the most common LTE band in the world. It’s once you get in the low bands that worldwide support starts dwindling but this isn’t an issue with T-Mobile’s two main LTE bands, 2 and 4.

        • eanfoso

          Yeah but European carriers don’t do LTE roaming like t mobile does, well, I guess they do but only to the EU just like t mobile usa does in Mexico and Canada. Band 2 yes band 4 is north America really. Where did you get band 4 was used in europe/asia?

        • LAGURL22

          your wrong there i agree with eanfoso . were dod u get the rest of the world uses band 4? Europe sure doesnt . And same with asia . They use totally different Lte bands that are not used here in north america in the us, canada and mexico . So when they come here to visit the US they roam on tmobile or even At&t sometimes but get no lte only edge on tmobile . And if they roam on At&t they only get hspa 3G no lte since they also dont support atts lte bands .

    • SeanBear

      We still need to keep 3G for workhorses like the Note 3.

      • eanfoso

        Don’t forget the all mighty Nokia 808!

        • SirStephenH

          That thing is 5 and a half years old. Time for an upgrade!

        • eanfoso

          Upgrade a Nokia 808? Maybe with the Nokia 9, everything else is a downgrade.

        • Clifton K. Morris

          Amen, Brother.

        • Clifton K. Morris

          My niece’s Nokia 1520 on the AT&T Cricket Rateplan, and they’re likely going to keep that plan for a long time.

          I believe Cricket charges $110 for 5 lines with unlimited data, including taxes. I believe T-Mobile’s comparable rateplan (with T-Mobile’s 4th-ranked coverage) is about double that price; but you need a GSM carrier for Nokia phones.

        • slybacon

          Instead of blabbering off beliefs, let’s look at facts. That cricket plan limits speeds to 3 mbps and is $100 for 4 lines, $120 for 5 lines. If you wanted unlimited high speed data on Cricket for 5 lines, it would be $240 per month.
          My family has 8 lines of unlimited T-Mobile for $270 per month (usually discounted to $250 cause of some small data users). 8 lines of unlimited Cricket would be $360 per month with autopay.
          I can only think of one company that ranked T-Mobile 4th place in the first half of 2017. You should go check out Rootmetrics report for the second half of 2017 and reports from other companies.
          AT&T and T-Mobile are both GSM networks.

      • SirStephenH

        3g is an enormous waste of spectrum and is already being killed off by T-Mobile. Time to upgrade to an LTE device if you haven’t already. The Note 3 is an LTE device so I don’t know why you’d be worried about faster speeds which is what you’d get with the shutdown of 3g.

    • SirStephenH

      They are already shutting down 3g and 2g is just sitting in the guard bands.

      3g is a huge spectrum hog and in most areas it is being whittled down to nothing. Some areas are down to 5Mhz and some have had it removed entirely. Most new towers don’t even have 3g deployed.

      2g is still required for their business clients and it provides a fall back for devices. Right now it’s only in the guard bands which means it isn’t taking away spectrum from other uses.

      • Clifton K. Morris

        You’ve just touched on a major business model item T-Mobile regularily executes on–

        T-Mobile will always require customers to buy new phones, that are also more spectrally efficient and require customers to pay for an upgraded phone.

        Adding customers at a fast pace isn’t the customer’s fault. It’s the fault of people like Neville Ray whom lacks the backbone to tell it’s marketing department how much capacity they have available to sell which then conceptualize which promotions are advertised.

        Still, I never knew that **Guard Bands** could be used to provide service. If the FCC allows that, it must mean T-Mobile lawyers give FCC regulators pretty good backroom blow… err.. lobbying efforts.

      • Sharti24

        I’ve noticed brand new tmobile towers in my area of ne ohio and they do indeed have 4G hspa installed on them. I ran a speed test and the max speed was 14mbps

        • slybacon

          He didn’t say they didn’t have 4G, but he did say they didn’t have 2G or 3G. After all, LTE is a 4G technology.

        • Sharti24

          Hspa is really 3G disguised as “4G”

    • slybacon

      At one point in time, I remember Neville said 2017 looked like the year for an all LTE network. Doesn’t look like that happened.

      • Sharti24

        I think it was 2020 he wants to implement an all LTE network

  • eanfoso

    I wonder if 600mhz will mean higher attitude reach when in flight ✈

    • jonzey231


    • Trevnerdio

      Nah, the cell equipment will still be pointed downward to maximize ground coverage.

    • SirStephenH

      The equipment is directed outward along the ground but there will continue to be ‘leakage’ in other directions. Cell service will continue to be a terrestrial thing going into the future with unreliable and not even barely usable service in the air. Every US flight bans its use in the air anyways so there’s no real point in discussing it. We’re all stuck with in flight WiFi and nothing anytime soon is going to change that.

    • Clifton K. Morris

      No it won’t.

      In 3GPP and GSM standards, there is a technological barrier called “Timing Advance” which is supposed to add latency, up to 10-15ms so your call won’t overlap with another established call. When frames overlap, it causes data integrity errors, which the network may processes as “silence” or “dead air”.

      You may be able to duplicate this issue if you travel on top of a tall hill or mountain near a city. Your phone may show 3 or even full bars, but if you try to setup a call, it’ll likely fail.

      Text messages generally will be delivered because the BCCH frame is more lenient and doesnt carry voice traffic.

  • James Smith

    Yet T-Mobile is the only carrier you receive “No Service” with at my house.

    I was promised upgrades for the last 3 years and nothing. What a crock.

    • Clifton K. Morris

      It’s why our family switched.

      Hey– As a FYI— Xfinity Mobile (Verizon Coverage) just this last week announced Bring-Your-Own-Phone for many Apple devices.

      Sounds like XFinityMobile is serious about making customers happy. Plus, they have a $35 credit for each line referred. The new customer gets $35 as well.

    • slybacon

      What city, state do you live in?

  • Clifton K. Morris

    Why does it look like Neville Ray just crawled out of a bath tub filled with London’s finest Gin..?

  • Protocol Droid

    What about RCS Messaging ? (In reference to Jibe and not the current proprietary one)

  • SlopeTangentAnswer

    So does TMO support Net Neutrality? Legere has not addressed it and I’d like to know.