T-Mobile asks FCC for permission to perform 5G tests in Las Vegas and Spokane


T-Mobile has named Las Vegas as one of the first cities that’ll get its 5G coverage, and recently the company asked for permission to begin 5G testing there.

An FCC filing shows that T-Mobile has requested permission to conduct 5G NR tests in Las Vegas, NV and Spokane, WA. Tests will take place at two sites in Las Vegas and two sites in Spokane, and the period of testing will run from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. T-Mo plans to test 5G NR in non-standalone mode, which requires an LTE carrier to act as the anchor for Dual Connectivity with 5G NR.

In its testing, T-Mobile’s prototype equipment will use 5MHz of bandwidth, an emission designator of 5M0F7D, and a digital OFDM modulation technique.

T-Mobile has said that it wants to deploy 5G coverage in 30 cities in 2018, launch the first 5G smartphones in 2019, and have nationwide 5G coverage by 2020. To keep up with that timeline, it makes sense that T-Mo would want to test its 5G coverage in the field.

Also of note is that the FCC recently granted T-Mobile temporary authority to test unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) using AWS-3 spectrum in Bellevue and Redmond, WA. The testing equipment is being supplied by Samsung, Nokia, and Ericsson, and the temporary authority will be good through March 1, 2019. T-Mobile says that it plans to fly the UAS up to 400 feet in the air, while keeping them tethered to buildings to keep them in place and supply power, in order to test flying cell on wheels equipment for hurricane season.

Via: FierceWireless
Sources: FCC (1), (2)

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  • riverhorse

    “T-Mobile has said that it wants to deploy 5G coverage in 30 cities in 2018, launch the first 5G smartphones in 2019…”
    Isn’t there already a 5G phone, the latest LG or Samsung?

    • Ver


      • francob911 .

        Yes the S10 is one of them

        • calcu007

          S10 is NOT. The 600 mhz is not 5G, yet.

        • Ver

          S9 is 600 mhz. S10 isn’t out yet It will be 5g.

    • Yunier Cabrera

      next year 5g phones are coming

    • slybacon

      None support 5G NR or dual simultaneous connectivity with LTE.

      • none

        I don’t think there is even a 5G-capable phone out yet, other than the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z3, and even it needs an external module with it’s own battery for 5G to work. It does use NR though, which means, even if you have that module, it won’t work on Verizon’s current 5G network(yep, Verizon jumped the gun, they are already deploying “5G” towers, based on the 5G TF standard, not NR, which means they will need to replace that equipment next year when they launch real 5G).

        • SirStephenH

          Verizon always jumps the gun with incomplete and often proprietary technologies that have to be ripped out and replaced after a year or two. If I were a shareholder I’d be p***** that Verizon kept throwing money at useless things instead of making real investments into its network.

    • SirStephenH

      No current phone supports 5g.

  • Jay Holm

    I think I recall T-Mobile saying they are going to deploy 5G in 30 cities by the end of 2018, if I’m not miataken…its almost the middle of October now… it’s nice seeing updates like this…

  • dcmanryan

    Hell, I’d have been satisfied with 5 Mbps let alone 5g when I was in Las Vegas a year ago. The service was garbage.