T-Mobile standalone 5G improved coverage in rural areas


Early in February, T-Mobile revealed its numbers and how it managed to get its best year despite an ongoing pandemic. Part of the reasons for its success in 2020 is the fact that the company was able to launch low-band, standalone 5G that helped them expand their rural coverage. By switching this network on, the company was able to expand its 5G coverage by 30 percent. 

According to T-Mobile’s claims, its 5G signal already covers almost 250 million people in more than 7,500 cities and towns throughout 1.3 million square miles. But part of its success was because of its expansion in rural coverage.

By September 2020, the time spent by T-Mobile’s customers connected to 5G increased from 24.5 to 28.1 percent in the rural areas. And in the following months, people started to see the steady growth of these numbers in rural areas. 

In addition to improving coverage, standalone 5G technology also helped in reducing latency in both urban and rural areas. This helped in improving the customers’ experience, particularly in things like real-time communications, multiplayer mobile gaming, and overall web browsing. 


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  • Sounds good to me. Just waiting on faster speeds

  • TenEightyPeePee

    T-Mobile still has unusable “partner coverage” that is only 2G/3G in Eastern AZ (Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, etc). What a joke!

    • Brad C

      That’s because of CellOne.. Until CellularOne and the reservation gives favorable terms to T-Mobile to build out.. nothing will be done.

      CellularOne has a vested interest being mostly owned by the natives up there to not allow T-Mobile in at any favorable rates.

      I used to deal with this all of the time when I lived in Phoenix and worked at a retail store in college. I’d just tell them to use CellularOne as it would be a bad time for them if they did not.

      I’ve always hoped T-Mobile would just buy out Commnet as that would fit nicely to fill in some gaps if they upgraded the network, but it’s not happened (yet)

      • Shaun Michalak

        That may be partly true.. But I think a good portion of it comes down to the fact that in that area, of the country, no cell provider has great coverage.. Heck, go back just 5 years, and T-Mobiles coverage in the state was only something like 5 or 10 percent coverage total.. I think just as much as it being a territory thing, T-Mobile just not getting out there enough to really build coverage out is just as much of a thing. Heck, the Vermont state area is just as bad.. While they do still have a long ways to go, I think they have done an extremely good job at building out their network, considering that 95% of it has been in the past 7 years..

      • TenEightyPeePee

        Verizon has the whole area lit up with LTE though….

        • Brad C

          Yup.. that’s thanks to Alltel whom made an agreement to cover the area. Before Alltel Verizon had nothing but roaming up there either ;)

  • Keith Stevens

    Just moved back to Utah. Layton area where I live now is getting between 500-600MB/s downloads on my Mclaren 7t pro. Its amazeballs

    • Shaun Michalak

      This comment makes me laugh at the irony of it.. I remember talking with someone on facebook not too long ago that insisted that “only” Verizon was capable of getting over 300 meg down on their network. lol

  • Glenn Gore

    T-Mobile’s 5G coverage is great in the rural areas of western Oklahoma, western Kansas, NE New Mexico, and the Texas panhandle, but they have a LOT of work to do to get the data rates up to where they equal LTE, let alone exceed LTE. They have made those improvements in some places but need to do it everywhere. T-Mobile even covers the northern New Mexico mountains with 5G, in places such as the ski town of Red River, where AT&T no longer offers any service at all. T-Mobile does not really make announcements any more about expansions and improvements like they used to do all the time.

  • Jay Holm

    Just under 6wks it will be a FULL YEAR since the Tmo/Sprint merger closed…I am very, very unimpressed so far with the 2.5ghz 5G integration and rollout, I live near the 4th biggest city in the country (Houston) by the way. A year is a long time!!!

    • shawn murray

      you do know that it takes time to Integrate and expand network technology right.

    • JStatt

      The largest telecom merger in history didn’t quickly result in a dramatic new 5G network with brand new mid band coverage? Relax man. It takes at least a year or more just to handle taking in and shutting down “old Sprint”, much less launch the new network everywhere. Especially during a pandemic. T-Mobile is doing far more than the other domestic carriers.

  • Shaun Michalak

    I noticed that they only talked about coverage, and not about speeds.. and that they only really talked about low band, and not any real performance band 41 coverage.. It will be a real game changer when they can put down both of them.. and not just low band 71 coverage.. Still, any coverage is better then no coverage..

  • David Cosgrove

    Horrible crappy speeds in Plantation FL and surrounding areas!

  • Glenn Gore

    Is stand-alone turned on automatically by the site or is there a switch in Settings to turn the function on or off? I have seen posts in other forums about changing some setting to enable or disable the function. Several sites in the area were supposed to have been included in the 5G-SA update last fall but every site I have seen so far shows up as 5G-NSA.