T-Mobile continues “If 5G Were…” series with Super Bowl’s experience


Earlier today, T-Mobile’s President of Technology, Neville Ray, released a blog post where he talked about 5G and what real broad and deep 5G can do. The CEO explained how the real 5G network was fully experienced at last Sunday’s Super Bowl. This was when T-Mobile made permanent upgrades to its network throughout the Tampa Bay area. 

The executive also shared that the stadium had an average 5G speed of 1Gbps over the weekend. And for those who didn’t have access to 5G, the fastest LTE speeds were also from T-Mobile. There was 40% more traffic nationwide compared to last year’s Super Bowl. And during the Big Game, customers with 5G devices used 25% more data compared to other customers. 

A research firm called umlaut also managed to measure the 5G experience from Tampa last week. They discovered that T-Mobile was fastest and that its Ultra Capacity 5G download speeds were over 1.6x faster than the typical 5G speeds from its rivals. The firm also found that Ultra Capacity 5G was available in almost half of all samples. Meanwhile, Verizon’s Ultra Wideband network could be found less than half of one percent of the time. 

With these numbers, T-Mobile is able to add to its “If 5G Were…” series. This is a series of comparisons that depict the difference in 5G wireless networks using ordinary things. In the second installment, T-Mobile used ice sculptures to demonstrate the difference between its 5G network and Verizon’s. 

The ice sculptures are part of an exhibit at the Improv-ICE festival at Rochester, MN. T-Mobile’s ice sculpture has a height of 5×3 feet, while Verizon’s stood only 2×2 feet. 

According to the CEO, the 5G network experienced over the weekend at Tampa Bay is just a start. This is exactly the same 5G experience they are rolling out throughout the country.


Source: T-Mobile

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  • Francisco Peña

    Only near the Stadium that had 25K out of more then 70K capacity.
    Only near the Riverwalk where they had several tower units. I could post several 5G speed tests where I’m “5G” in Tampa and I get WAAAAYYYYY slower speed.

  • Mr. Suavena

    Great marketing, coverage still lacks , compared to Verizon it feels like enhanced LTE.

  • I get the same 200mbps in spots where I get that speed on LTE but it’s nice I guess so far to have 5G in the cornor of my Galaxy S21 5G

  • Glenn Gore

    The operative problem being that this “wide and deep” 5G is not available anywhere to any sort of significant degree, and at the rate of deployment, won’t be for many years to come. As an example, T-Mobile added 4 square blocks of mid-band in Oklahoma during the past year. That’s it! That is not “rapid deployment” in my opinion.

    I am reminded of Qualcomm’s announcement of their new modems yesterday with their 10 gigabit capability. No carrier offers service anywhere in the US that would come anywhere close to utilizing that sort of capability. They never have, with 2G, 3G, “4G/HSPA”, or LTE, so why should we expect them to with 5G? No phone manufactured with these new 10 gigabit modems in the coming year will be able to utilize that capability at any time during their life span, so what is the point?

    • marque2

      Not necessarily the case. The modems are better because they can support more simultaneous streams. If the streams are only 20mbs the modem supporting 3 streams will get 60mbs speeds, while the ones supporting only one will only get 20mbs streams. You will get more speed out of the new Qualcomm chip. Just not the 10gbs they claim.

  • Willie D

    I personally would rather have Ultra Wideband mmWave in SOME AREAS and have a very strong robust LTE Advanced network than this crap low band 5G that basically doesn’t work at all. It’s unusable, even in NSA mode where LTE is still faster, and this isn’t saying much because TMo LTE is still the worst LTE network of the big 3 now anyway, so even adding Sprint spectrum hasn’t helped. Lets face it, TMo is and will always remain behind the curve in what customers really need.

    • Shaun Michalak

      The only spectrum that they added from Sprint is band 41, which is only used for 5G, and only mainly in some cities.. T-Mobile has not incorporated Sprints band 25 into their network yet, to add more bandwidth to their towers.. With Sprints band 25, that is only really in use on Sprint towers, where they are at..

      As for the “some areas” part.. Well, you mind as well just say to not have it at all then.. Considering very few people actually get to use it when you consider their overall customer base.. What point is having it “some areas” if it is not where most people are going to be at.. It is like saying, hey, it is great that they have it in a stadium, even though that stadium is only used 10 times a year..

      • marque2

        One of the problems with Sprint Band 41, is that even though the band is wide, 250mhz, it has a lot of gaps in it, due to other companies using small portions of the band. A 5g channel can use 100mhz of bandwidth but it has to be continuous bandwidth. If there is another user in the middle of the channel, the 5g wont be able to use (or span the gap) the entire 100mhz and will only be able to use the bandwidth up to that gap. This is another one of the reasons Tmobile is having trouble with speed on 5g.

        Unfortunately some of the companies with small claims on the band 41 spectrum include AT&T which would probably not want to let Tmobile have any advantages at the moment.

        In a few years as phones get more 5g channel, (I believe the 888 now has 3 vs a max of 2 in 2020), this problem may become moot.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I am not sure about AT&T having any band 41.. Maybe they do.. I am not sure.. What I know AT&T does have is something like 2200?? mhz spectrum.. I know it is between 2000 and 2500.. From what I have read, the majority of the breakups are not from other wireless carriers, but from non profits and schools that have bits and pieces in the middle.. With that being the case, I could see T-Mobile working with these different schools and non profits to switch their spectrum for others, or to buy them out so they could have continuous spectrum in larger blocks.

        • marque2

          You are absolutely right – but AT&T has a small portion as well, for non phone purposes. Eventually Tmobile is going to have to try to buy those groups out because 5g really needs the continuity to work well.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I looked up who owned the band 41 spectrum a while back, and when I did, I did not look through all of the spectrum licenses, but the ones that I did.. Most were from non profits and school systems.. There is a lot of band 41 spectrum there, so I only did a small part of it, but that is what I found with what I did go through.

  • Jason Caprio

    Meanwhile, Verizon’s LTE is faster than T-Mobile’s 5G and is everywhere.