John Legere pushes T-Mobile-Sprint merger by talking up its 5G capabilities


After giving us an update on the progress of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger last week, T-Mo CEO John Legere today published another blog post regarding the merger.

The focus of Legere’s latest post is 5G and how the T-Mobile-Sprint merger will affect 5G availability in the U.S. The CEO says that if T-Mobile and Sprint merge, the combined New T-Mobile will have eight times more total network capacity than T-Mo and Sprint do today, with 400MHz+ total spectrum for customers on average nationwide. The resulting 5G network will be around 15 times faster in 2024 than T-Mobile’s network is today, Legere claims, with nationwide average download speeds of approximately 450Mbps.

Legere also touches on rural connectivity in his latest blog post. The T-Mobile CEO claims that the New T-Mobile will offer increased outdoor wireless coverage to 59.4 million rural residents by 2024, which is 95.8 percent of the estimated 62 million rural residents. The combined carrier will offer average speeds greater than 100Mbps to 66 percent of Americans by 2021, with that number expected to grow to 90 percent by 2024.

T-Mobile has previously said that it plans to offer in-home broadband, and Legere talked a bit more about that in his blog post as well. He says that the New T-Mobile will offer in-home broadband service of at least 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up to 52.2 million rural residents over 2.4 million square miles.

5G is a major focus of T-Mobile and Sprint’s efforts to get their merger approved by regulators. The two carriers have said that they must merge to help the U.S. compete with countries like China in 5G. Legere also said today that “only the New T-Mobile will have the spectrum, network assets, and scale to light up the country’s first truly nationwide, broad, and deep 5G network across all types of radio spectrum”.

Some opponents of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger say that the two carriers will deploy 5G networks even if they aren’t allowed to merge. Legere argues that New T-Mobile will offer a “truly transformational improvement for nearly all consumers nationwide”, though, rather than an “incremental improvement for some people in some areas”.

The T-Mobile-Sprint merger is still being reviewed by both the FCC and DoJ. The two carriers expect the deal to get approval in the first half of 2019.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Glenn Gore

    That remaining 5% of rural residents live across about 40% of US land area, so Legere is not promising ubiquitous 5G coverage by any means. 40% of US land area will still leave a LOT of rural America, small and medium-size towns uncovered in 2024 even with the merger. Sprint does not cover rural America at all right now, so any increase in rural coverage will have to be new construction over what T-Mobile already offers. T-Mobile has already increased their rural footprint greatly using their Band 71 spectrum, so I do expect them to increase that coverage, but the addition of Sprint’s infrastructure won’t help them at all.

  • mikeZo6

    Rural residents very SMALL amount by 2024 wow 5 years for 62 million that sucks ALSO Tmo still NEVER did anything for RURAL area like PROMISED before with Metro merge..
    THIS is VERY IMPORTANT because fills in HUGE coverage GAPS that Tmo has..
    MORE BS promises

  • mikeZo6

    ” He says that the New T-Mobile will offer in-home broadband service of at least 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up to 52.2 million rural residents over 2.4 million square miles.”
    THOSE SPEEDS FOR in home broadband are HORRIBLE. that’s bottom of barrel SPEEDS

    • Acdc1a

      Clearly from someone who hasn’t had to deal with satellite or dial-up which is all the rural market has right now…

      • mikeZo6

        sorry didn’t know you guys are suffering with dial-up still WOW

    • BobbieDooley

      CTIA gave Ajit Pai a pretty good knob job to create a second, distinct definition of the words “wireless broadband”, that as of now, aren’t formally recognized in the Oxford dictionary.

  • mikeZo6

    My bad didn’t even think dial-up was still around had 20 years ago
    now have over 500 down

  • BobbieDooley

    Well, the good news is (and yes, there actually is some “good news”) that once this merger is complete, it can be used as practical prescedent for AT&T and Verizon to merge based on New T-Mobile’s spectrum holdings alone!

    Turns out all that was needed was a Government-owned telecom monopoly from a foreign land to put AT&T back together again!

  • Daniel Holmstock

    Let me repeat this – just apply this to John “AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that his company needs to buy T-Mobile to avoid a wireless “spectrum crunch.” Both AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s chief executives claimed that on their own, they didn’t have enough access to wireless spectrum to meet their customers’ skyrocketing wireless voice and data needs. (AT&T reiterated that argument in its statement today.)”

    Lets see how did that pan out? anyone run out of LTE on AT&T? hmmmm.

    Sorry John take those LIES and move on.