Neville Ray shares important plans for T-Mobile


T-Mobile’s President of Technology, Neville Ray, spoke at two recent events, the UBS Future of 5G event and the Wells Fargo Virtual Media Telco Day

At these two events, Ray talked about the company’s main priorities for 2H 2021 and beyond. The executive also talked about the company’s speed-to-market advantage over its two rivals as well as its strategy behind its network build-out. Ray also talked about T-Mobile’s propagation in rural and urban areas. 

Here are a few important quotes that Ray shared during the two events:


  • “We’re putting our multi-layer spectrum portfolio to work across approximately 85,000 macro sites, compared to peer networks at around 70,000 sites today and complemented by approximately 50,000 small cells to create the densest and broadest network to end the digital divide.” 
  • “So, there is a material difference between the 5G footprint, we are laying out on low band compared to our competition and our speeds on that low band layer out double industry averages in LTE. That may not sound like super exciting, but it’s very meaningful.” – UBS 
  • “We are the only operator to have deployed dedicated low-band and mid-band spectrum for 5G and deliver on the true promise of 5G, with our Ultra Capacity 5G delivering game-changing speeds averaging more than 325 megabits per second, reaching 140 million people already in 2021 and targeting nationwide by end of this year!“
  • “We’re just delighted with the performance of that mid band layer. And the great news is that more and more customers everyday are starting to feel and benefit from that experience. And that to me is ultimately…the real 5G experience. Now, you have something that’s an order of magnitude faster than what’s been historically around us on LTE, something which is incredibly fast.” – Neville Ray, President of Technology at T-Mobile speaking at UBS Future of 5G Event on June 4, 2021 
  • “Our strategy is to monetize the excess capacity created by our mobile build plan and capitalize on the current market dynamics, which include many underserved or dissatisfied home broadband customers. The amount of capacity that we are creating with our network build is just massive…14x that of standalone T-Mobile!  We are uniquely positioned to do this with the most mid-band spectrum in the industry and the densest macro site grid!”
  • “We’re going to go in with a very differentiated five-year opportunity and pursue traditional wireless, home broadband –all of the different vectors of growth using a very powerful 5G factory, capacity, speed and performance before we even get to all of the other 5G use cases that obviously are going to come onto these networks.” – Neville Ray, President of Technology at T-Mobile speaking at Wells Fargo Virtual Media Telco Day on June 7, 2021



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  • Patrick

    An average of 325 mbps would be pretty amazing. Maybe in a couple years when I finally get around to upgrading to a 5G phone I’ll finally experience it. But my iPhone XR is too much of a workhorse for me to retire right now.

    • slybacon

      325 Mbps 5G is pretty accurate here in Utah. I average closer to 600 Mbps inside my office. Has my phone experience changed drastically? No. But it’s nice to know it’s there.

      • weidnerj

        My average speed is 0 in my office… T-mobile still has a lot of work ahead of them. They are great when they work but places where they don’t work (and their competition has service). They don’t have a method of documenting their dead spots.

    • marque2

      I still don’t quite get why most people need 325mb/s on the phone. Maybe downloading Fortnight – which is a gig or so in size, but anything else?

  • GoFarKid

    I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ve been waiting 10 years for t-mobile to deliver on nothing but broken promises

    • slybacon

      Weird. Do you live in Argentina or something?

    • Frank Goodman

      I agree. As a former Sprint Customer who upgraded SIM Card, I’m missing calls that I hadn’t before. I communicate with coworkers primarily by voicemail now.

      My bank used to give me notification of purchases before I left the store.

      Now and more frequently, that same notification usually arrives on my phone when I’ve driven a few miles away. Today, that same notification literally took 35 mins to arrive. I thought I had an important message during a meeting in the office.

      I’m beginning to remember all the idiosyncrasies of having cheap service and reasons why I cancelled T-Mobile in the past.

      • Shaun Michalak

        It kind of makes me wonder.. Is it T-Mobile, or is it because they decided to go with Google for their messaging?? Which one is really to fault?? It makes me wonder??

  • Eric A

    As a start, I’d be happy if Neville Ray just put out accurate coverage maps. At least he’d know where they don’t have coverage and could start to fix that first.

    • Brandon

      Preach. My only wish for T-Mobile is to expand their coverage. If they can expand their coverage, they would really take market share for sure.

    • Glenn Gore

      Completely accurate coverage maps are bad PR for celluar carriers, and that’s why none of them do it any more. Better to just blanket color everything as “covered” and ignore the complaints. In forums such as these and Howard Forums, the ones who complain about gaps in coverage are always told to shut up and go away, we don’t like complainers here, no carrier provides coverage everywhere, switch to a carrier that works where you live, etc etc etc. Our complaints in these forums do not produce results, or responses from the carriers in any way, it’s just us venting into the ether, sound and fury, signifying nothing, to quote Shakespeare.