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T-Mobile and AT&T argue against FCC plan that would have them drive test their networks

T-Mobile this week argued against an FCC program that would have US carriers perform drive tests on their network to confirm their coverage. In a filing with the FCC, T-Mobile said that drive tests are “extremely expensive and burdensome to conduct”, especially at the scale required to get a significant enough sample of a nationwide cellular network. “A blanket requirement to perform regular on-the-ground testing will force providers to spend millions of dollars each year … [read full article]

T-Mobile’s Neville Ray talks 5G rollout, says there will be thousands of 2.5GHz sites in 2020

After giving us an update on its 5G network last week, T-Mobile today shared some info on its 5G rollout plans in the near future. Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s president of technology, revealed today at the Oppenheimer 23rd Annual Technology, Internet, & Communications Conference that T-Mo was performing 5G radio upgrades on 600 cell sites every week in June and 700 every week in July. Ray says that T-Mobile is working to do even more and … [read full article]

T-Mobile standalone 5G launch expands 5G coverage by 30 percent

After teasing its upcoming standalone 5G rollout a few months ago, T-Mobile today officially flipped the switch. T-Mobile’s standalone 5G network is now live, and the carrier touts that it’s the “world’s first nationwide standalone 5G network.” By activating standalone 5G, T-Mobile has increased its overall 5G coverage by 30 percent, with the 5G network now reaching nearly 250 million people in more than 7,500 cities and towns across 1.3 million square miles. In addition … [read full article]

T-Mobile taking 5G network buildout slower than tower companies expected

One of the major reasons that T-Mobile wanted to acquire Sprint was spectrum that it could use to bolster its 5G network. However, according to one tower company, T-Mo is going a bit slower than expected with its post-merger 5G buildout. During an earnings call this week, American Tower said that it had expected more new business from T-Mobile because of increased tower activity. There’s only been a small increase in new business from T-Mo, though, … [read full article]

T-Mobile will reportedly soon require VoLTE on devices connecting to its network

T-Mobile may soon be making a major change to its device activation policies. An internal T-Mobile document has leaked out that says that T-Mobile will soon require all devices on its network to be compatible with Voice over LTE, or VoLTE. The doc shared by Android Police states that as of August 4, T-Mobile will stop activating devices that aren’t VoLTE-capable. What’s more, T-Mobile will require all devices connecting to its network to support VoLTE starting … [read full article]

T-Mobile expands 600MHz 5G to new cities, teases standalone 5G launching soon

Today T-Mobile gave us an update on its 5G network and shared a couple of tidbits of new info in the process. Neville Ray, T-Mo’s president of technology, today reaffirmed that the 39-month 600MHz spectrum transition was completed this month, a process that included relocating TV broadcasters so that T-Mobile can use the 600MHz airwaves for its network. What’s more, T-Mobile is lighting up its 600MHz 5G in a few new parts of the … [read full article]

T-Mobile has many more 5G cities than AT&T and Verizon, says new Ookla report

Last month a report said that T-Mobile has the best 5G availability of the major US carriers, and now another report has echoed that sentiment. Ookla, maker of the popular Speedtest app, today shared a new report on US mobile networks. In it, Ookla says that T-Mobile had the “majority” of the 5G deployments in US cities, offering service in 5,013 cities. AT&T had 237 deployments and Verizon had 39. Ookla says that in all, there … [read full article]

T-Mobile achieves world’s farthest 5G connection

After achieving a few notable 5G firsts with OnePlus and Ericsson back in May, T-Mobile this week revealed that they’ve performed another successful 5G feat. Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s president of technology, revealed this week that a T-Mo test achieved the world’s farthest 5G connection. T-Mobile, Ericsson, and OnePlus teamed up to complete a 5G connection that stretched 60 miles from the base station. No other details about the test were given, so it’s not known what kind of … [read full article]

T-Mobile activates 2.5GHz 5G in three more cities

T-Mobile has officially flipped the switch on 2.5GHz 5G in three more major US cities. T-Mo confirmed today that its 2.5GHz 5G is now live in parts of Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; and Los Angeles, CA. There are now 5 cities with T-Mobile’s mid-band 5G, with T-Mo previously having deployed 2.5GHz 5G in Phildadelphia, PA and New York, NY. Unfortunately, T-Mobile doesn’t yet have maps showing exactly where in Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles its 2.5GHz … [read full article]

FCC now seeking comment from those affected by T-Mobile network outage

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he planned to investigate T-Mobile’s recent network outage, which he called “unacceptable”, and now the FCC wants to hear from you about what happened. The FCC is now seeking comments from the public on the T-Mobile outage that happened on June 15. Specifically, the agency wants to know things like how T-Mo customers learned about the outage, if T-Mobile’s communication was timely and effective, if customers were able to send … [read full article]