T-Mobile executives talk about strategy in maintaining mid-band 5G lead

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A few weeks ago, T-Mobile revealed that its mid-band 5G network now covers more than 200 million people in the country. With this accomplishment, T-Mobile plans to maintain this lead. 

T-Mobile’s VP for Device and Technology, Ryan Sullivan, and T-Mobile’s SVP, Network Technology & Strategy, Karri Kuoppamaki recently spoke with Phone Scoop. The two executives talked about how they intend to maintain the lead in mid-band 5G even with the impending launch of Verizon and AT&T’s mid-band 5G early next year. 

One way T-Mobile plans to do this is by expanding its mid-band 5G coverage to 250 million users before 2022 ends. And “in the next two years,” this will further be expanded to 300 million people. 

To help with this, T-Mobile already launched 5G CA (Carrier Aggregation) on both low- and mid-band 5G networks. This allows its users to enjoy faster data speeds by simultaneously accessing the two bands. In addition to this, T-Mobile is working to enable 5G CA with its mid-band frequencies. This will allow users to enjoy even faster data by accessing over 100MHz of mid-band bandwidth at once.  

The two executives also shared that T-Mobile is “deep” into testing VoNR, which will allow voice calls to happen over 5G. This will also enable customers to access 5G in SA (stand-alone) mode throughout the whole network. 

They expect this technology to launch soon. 

 

Source: Phone Scoop

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  • steveb944

    Looking forward to VoNR.
    I have great 5G coverage but my calls are always dropping.

  • Glenn Gore

    Hopefully T-Mobile will soon place a brand new site here IN town on one of the two existing towers already populated by AT&T and Verizon so they can provide the new mid-band service here. Otherwise, since the site they currently use to provide service is located 6 miles away, they will never be able to offer mid-band since it only reaches a radius of about 3 miles.

    I am not holding my breath on this happening, though. They placed their equipment on the existing tower so that they can cover two towns with one site halfway between, with each town located 6 miles away, meaning they cannot cover either town with mid-band. AT&T and Verizon have sites IN both towns, so they offer better service, although neither offers 5G.

    • slybacon

      Where is “here?”

      • Glenn Gore

        Sorry, been out of pocket a few days and it’s impossible to log onto DISQUS on an iPad. I’m talking about locations in western Oklahoma. There are several places where sites are located halfway between towns intended to cover both, while all other carriers have sites IN those towns. This is good for rural coverage and I applaud that, but the towns need to be well-served as well if they expect to get numbers of people to subscribe. It’s a balance.