John Legere talks up New T-Mobile’s in-home broadband plans, says LTE home internet pilot coming soon

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere has published a couple of blogs in recent weeks talking up the T-Mobile-Sprint merger and the benefits that he believes it will bring, and today Legere shared another blog.

The T-Mobile CEO’s latest merger-focused blog post focuses on in-home broadband. Legere says that a core promise of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is to bring competition and choice to the in-home broadband market, particularly when it comes to rural areas. Using its 5G network, Legere claims that the New T-Mobile will offer average speeds of 100Mbps or higher (minimum 25/3Mbps) to half of the U.S.’s geography and nearly 90 percent of its population by 2024, when New T-Mobile expects to have full deployment of its 5G network. New T-Mo plans to have 9.5 million customers on its in-home broadband service by 2024.

The New T-Mobile also plans to offer an in-home installation process that’s easier than what the cable operators offer today. Legere says that the New T-Mobile will have a “broadband in a box” package that includes a New T-Mobile In Home Router that you plug in and self-install using a mobile app. In-home broadband help will also be integrated with T-Mobile’s Team of Experts support.

T-Mobile plans to run a pilot of its home internet service using a 4G router that’ll run on T-Mo’s LTE network. You can see an image of the router below. Customers will get the router for free, and T-Mo says that after the merger it’ll be upgraded to support 2.5GHz spectrum and 5G-compatible hardware.

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Finally, Legere says that the New T-Mobile will offer savings compared to other in-home broadband services. This includes the expectation that New T-Mobile’s Home Internet will cost less than existing in-home broadband options, as well as some folks ditching home internet and simply relying on mobile wireless service as a substitute. T-Mobile also claims that customers of other in-home providers will benefit from New T-Mobile’s entry into the home broadband space by forcing other providers to lower their prices and improve services to better complete.

Along with Legere’s blog post, T-Mobile today submitted a document to the FCC that goes into its home broadband plans post-merger a bit further. There’s quite a bit that’s redacted, but if you want to give it a look, you can find it here.

The current situation with the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is that it’s still being reviewed by the FCC and DOJ, and the latest reports say that both agencies could be a month or more away from making a decision. In the mean time, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on March 12th to examine the impact of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger on consumers, workers, and the internet.

Sources: T-Mobile, FCC

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  • MisterListerSir

    I’d love to be part of that pilot program. I suppose it’s likely not an open pilot, though.

  • Eric Lawton

    Yeah. How do i sign up for this pilot!

  • det_b

    “average speeds of 100Mbps or higher (minimum 25/3Mbps)”

    whats the average uplink? 12Mbps? and what’s are max figures within this 100ave group?

  • kanakamaoli

    At my home in East Honolulu I already average between 110-140 MB DL with 4G LTE.
    I thought 5G would be much faster?

    • Trevnerdio

      Those are for overall speeds. They’re planning 4G/5G to be min. 100 for 90% of the POP. Many people will experience much over 100

  • kanakamaoli

    Delete

  • Hurlamania

    I want to be a pilot

    • Michael Barnes

      Same here

  • Michael Barnes

    I want to be part of the pilot that is huge! wonder what the plans would be? It looks like it may be launching soon verizon and att now have a program

  • Adam

    I wonder how this conversation went.
    “Who is the dumbest CEO in the world we can compete width?” “Oscar Munoz”
    “Southwest already got that business plan, how about Brian Roberts?” “That works.”

  • Michael Elkin

    How can I get in on this? Is the a sign up somewhere?

  • David Davis

    I cannot wait to cancel Cox. Where r the sign up to joined pilot program?

  • Joe2050

    This is long over due, and hope this is available as soon as possible. I’m so tired of these cable companies hiking rates because there is no better alternative.

  • Glenn Gore

    Several regional and smaller cellular carriers have been doing this home internet via celluar thing for a few years now, and it works great. Pioneer Cellular here in Oklahona has a home internet service that some friends use at their house. It looks like a Linksys router, that contains a cellular radio and SIM card. Pioneer Telephone, the parent company of Pioneer Cellular, has even gone so far as to completely shut down their DSL service in favor of the cellular option. It works well, nothing like the 100 Mbps that T-Mobile is mentioning, but it has been a very good experience for my friends.

  • steveb944

    Excellent news. I’m sure they’ve been tracking use via their free routers and that’s helped them analyze that they’re ready.

  • Steve Canode

    I want to be in the pilot program,pick me,pick me. Our choices of internet in my area are 10 mbps. Please come to Troy Township,Wood County Ohio.

  • JG

    Would love to give this a go…

    Unfortunately, ATM at least, Spectrum far out speeds T-Mo…. I get 400mbps on Spectrum. The fastest TMo speed test I’ve gotten is 15Mbps.

    Its fast enough for my needs while I’m out of the house. But no way fast enough to supply the entire house with internet for all of us to stream TV etc…

    • IGx89

      I get ~150mbps on T-Mobile and ~200mbps on Spectrum at my house, so in my situation it would be a workable replacement. I wouldn’t switch unless they were cheaper and were unlimited, which I doubt, but still good to have a second option in case Charter greatly ups their pricing or does something stupid. My only other option is Frontier at 15mbps, which would be way too slow to consider.

  • Zach Gabelein

    How do I get in on this pilot!

  • Noremacam

    Even with 5G, wireless has so much less bandwidth compared to wired, that any unlimited data service(without throttling after x amount) will be almost impossible long term. However, there’s still tons of rural places without affordable broadband that this may still be quite an upgrade for many people.