T-Mobile says 600MHz 5G will cover 200 million people this year

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Along with the news that it’s exclusively launching the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition, T-Mobile today revealed some news regarding its 5G network.

T-Mobile says that it will cover 200 million people with 5G using 600MHz before the end of 2019, which is an accelerated rollout. T-Mo isn’t saying exactly where it plans to deploy its 600MHz 5G coverage, though.

T-Mo explains that it’s been building toward its 600MHz 5G launch for two years, building out thousands of 5G-ready towers and cell sites that can send out 5G on 600MHz spectrum.

When it comes to smartphones, T-Mobile currently plans to launch two phones later this year that’ll be able to access this 600MHz 5G coverage. They include the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G and the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition. No pricing or launch date for either device has been announced.

T-Mobile currently offers 5G in parts of six cities: New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Cleveland, and Atlanta. That 5G coverage is based on millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum, which offers fast speeds but limited reach. On the flip side, the 600MHz 5G coverage won’t be quite as speedy as the mmWave 5G, but it will have better reach and building penetration.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G that’s sold by T-Mobile is able to access mmWave 5G. When the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G McLaren Edition arrive at T-Mo later this year, they’ll be able to tap into the 600MHz 5G but will not support the mmWave 5G.

There are only a couple months left in 2019, so if T-Mo is indeed planning to cover 200 million people with 600MHz 5G before the end of the year, we should be hearing more about this launch soon. Stay tuned.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Josh Schoonover

    Says they’ve been working on making towers ready for the last 2 years, so I wonder if it’ll be ready at the flip of a switch.

    • Mike Smith

      T-Mobile is so much better positioned than the incumbents without the legacy technology and labor issues.

      • Josh Schoonover

        That’s one problem I have with the merger, since they would then have to deal with sun-setting legacy CDMA equipment. They did do exactly that with Metro PCS, and had the spectrum refarmed rather quickly. But Spint’s network is far, far larger than Metro’s ever was.

        • Mike Smith

          You’re right, they’re acquiring issues with legacy technology that they don’t concurrently have to deal with. But while that CDMA spectrum will be put to use, it’s not really the point of the deal anyway.

        • marque2

          Sprint also has 4g and CDMA is considered obsolete by Verizon and Sprint. I would suspect they could easily drop it in 2 years while expanding Sprint 4g 5g and 2.5ghz along with TMobile 600Mhz.

        • marque2

          I would guess any new Sprint customer would only get GSM only phone (4g is GSM) and then over two years as Sprint customers naturally buy new phones those too would be GSM at that point they would offer a $150 credit towards a new phone or a free REVVLRY. All expansion would be 4g/5g and cdma would be ignored. After 2.5 years they could easily shut CDMA down.

        • Jay Holm

          Precisely! No different than how MetroPCS customers were migrated off of CDMA. . .

        • Mike Smith

          But remember the spectrum used for CDMA isn’t why T-Mobile is buying Sprint. It’s not really a priority.

  • Jay Holm

    This must already be deployed, they just haven’t actually launched it yet…. interested to see what coverage and speeds will be like!!!

    • The Waz

      If it’s already deployed, it will be disappointing since my coverage is terrible. Fingers crossed that they just flip a switch to enable 600mhz. I’m looking forward to the better coverage

      • Josh Schoonover

        Speeds got a lot better in my area with B71, which hasn’t officially been announced in metro ATL. But yeah, nobody has a 5G phone to check if their low band 600 MHz 5G network is up and running yet. For all we know, the towers could have been on for days, and we’d never know lol

        • The Waz

          Assuming we could still get better coverage with 600 without having 5G phone yet. This should hopefully turn on the 600mhz they won at auction

    • Mike Smith

      Should be amazing… T-Mobile is so far the only carrier deploying both low band AND high band 5GNR.

    • JG

      Verizon said low band 5G will be similar to a “good LTE” connection… So I’d say we’d probably be getting 30mbps or so out of it…

      • argenys

        I’d assume closer to 100mbps since I’ve already seen those speeds in the best case scenario(super rare). A far cry from 1Gbps+ from mmWave. But definitely good enough for current technology until we have actual things that require true 5G in a few years. A good transition speed, reminds me of HSPA+ before LTE(-A). Where they are calling it 5G but it’s still 4G with enough runway to get into the lower bounds of 5G.

      • Acdc1a

        A good LTE connection gets you 100+ mpbs.

        • marque2

          I consider it good with 10.

      • marque2

        600mhz can do between 400 and 700 Mbs depending on the implementation. That is shared amongst all the users of that particular tranceiver.

  • Brandon Robinson

    Has anyone elses internet been extremely slow this week? It feels like I’m either being throttled or that I’m back on the sprint network. Hoping its not the latter.

    • Acdc1a

      It’s funny you mention that. Anytime I get the “upgraded towers” near my area I have a few days of just horrifying service before everything gets better. Hopefully that’s what you’re experiencing.

      • Brandon Robinson

        It is much better today but was almost unusable last night. I think you are right bc another user commented they just put the newer towers in my area. Thank you!

  • Glenn Gore

    You can cover 200 million people by covering less than 5% of the land in the continental US, so this will be nowhere near “nationwide” as T-Mobile is claiming. There will be hundreds if not thousands of miles in between little pockets of urban 5G service, even using Band 71, instead of blanket service. The first areas of the country to get 600 MHz coverage a couple of years ago, several states in the middle of the country, probably won’t even get 5G service at all, if they ever do because of the low population density. One of those states is Oklahoma, which is now totally blanketed with Band 71 since all the TV stations completed their relocation to new channels over a year ago, but I wonder if any of this new 5G will cover any of the state at all. I seriously doubt it. Covering the entire state with 5G would only get them 4.5 million towards that 200 million goal.

    • Acdc1a

      I think you missed the part where they’re lighting it up in the low band spectrum they just picked up. The most populated areas won’t have even cleared the TV channels by the end of 2019 so that means it’s 200 million people will be a whole lot of area.

      • Glenn Gore

        I hear you, but I just don’t see them lighting up less-populated areas, they just can’t get the numbers that way. It would be great if they did. In a lot of those sparsely populated areas, they have been very aggressively provisioning their sites with lots of backhaul that is appropriate for the amount of spectrum they own. And they seem to be fully utilizing all the Mhz they own. For example, I have been through some very small towns in Oklahoma that have well over 100+ Mbps of data available, way more than normal. Places where AT&T and Verizon only offer 40 Mbps. I really do hope we will see a very aggressive 5G rollout over a very large area, that will put the piddly AT&T and Verizon millimeter wave service to shame.

  • The Waz

    Will this benefit users that currently have a phone that is 600mhz capable? I understand we won’t get 5G coverage, but by enabling these 600frequencies will we see a tremendous increase of coverage indoor and out?

  • Sharti24

    I’ve noticed a lot of new towers/antennas in my area (Akron, OH). They look like they would be 5G capable. I will try to post a picture later