T-Mobile works with farmers to improve the farming industry in the country


T-Mobile is paying special attention to the farming industry. Earlier today, the wireless carrier shared just how it is doing its part in helping innovation progress in this field. T-Mo has recognized the need for this industry to access 5G data, especially the farmers who have started to embrace wireless technology. 

With this, T-Mobile revealed that it has partnered with Snohomish County, the 5G Open Innovation Lab, and its partners to produce state-of-the-art agriculture technology field lab at a couple of farms situated in rural Washington. The collaboration, named the Food Resiliency Project, is funded by the CARES Act, which aims to bring together the farmers, distributors and technology in order to make a positive transformation in the agricultural field and improve food resiliency.

T-Mobile’s role in this collaboration is to provide 5G access to all Americans, including rural farmers. In doing so, they can provide them the tools they need to help transform their business. This way, they can transform farms into modern ones, which are highly connected farms. With T-Mo’s 5G connection, these farms will be able to use systems that can monitor crops and soil conditions and provide farmers real-time data so they can make necessary adjustments. This also paves the way for remote farming. 

As of this writing, T-Mobile’s Extended Range 5G network covers over 280 million people across almost 1.6 million square miles. They are also hoping that their Ultra Capacity 5G network will be able to reach 200 million people before the year ends. T-Mobile is rolling out a 5G network that supports all use cases for 5G, which they call 5G for All. This is built to reach everyone, including individuals residing in rural America who play a vital role in sustaining the farming industry. 

For more information about the Food Resiliency Project, visit this page.

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  • Willie D

    Considering how bad 5G is in urban markets I can only imagine how terrible low band 5G is going to be on a farm. Slow data that’s slower than 3G data doesn’t seem something farmers are going to embrace or move over to anytime soon.

  • Francisco Peña

    Stick an antenna on each cow.. mesh 5g coverage.

    • marque2

      Believe it or not, farmers already buy cell stations and put them on the farm in known locations. They can use the position data, to automatically run the farm equipment which can plow plant and harvest and move the equipment within 1″ of the desired location. The data is transmitted via cell connections directly to the farmer’s computer. The data, has soil analysis every meter, yield analysis every meter … so the farmer can customize fertilization, when the soil has issues, and in areas where yield is low can go and check if something like erosion is happening in that part of the field.

      This technology has been around for at least 10 years in a major way. Not sure how having a Tmobile tower in a less well defined location will help. But it could. Farms are much higher tech than most people realize, even for the “small” farmer.

      • Francisco Peña

        I know a farmer, and can attest to the tech needed to run a successful orperation. And he’s not a large farmer either, so I can only image how those would be.

      • Glenn Gore

        Here in Oklahoma, those big fat WeBoost cellular booster antennas have become the latest must-have pickup truck accessory for farmers and oilfield workers since their work takes them off the main highways where the cell towers are located and onto county highways and dirt roads far from those cell towers. From the guys I have talked to, they work pretty well at making a usable signal out of nothing. T-Mobile’s 20-mile tower spacing leaves large areas between sites with marginal coverage and utility, and those are areas where farms are located as well as along the major highways.

  • Glenn Gore

    The back-haul capacity and spectrum deployment numbers of that extended-reach 5G network in those rural areas will have to be greatly increased for this to be of much significance. Right now, the 5G network in those rural locations is offering far lower data rates than the LTE network, negating any real benefits. Yes, there are not as many 5G devices trying to access the network right now, but at what point does that occur and cause T-Mobile to increase 5G data rates to levels greater than they already have on LTE? A lot of online T-Mobile fanboys RAIL at the very thought of providing any service, let alone fast 5G to rural areas and smaller cities and towns, so this program will probably send them into orbit! LOL