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T-Mobile's 'nationwide' 5G network continues its steady march to ubiquity

Posted May 22, 2020 | Mobile | News

The first “Un-carrier Move” of the “New T-Mobile” era was all about making good on a promise from before Magenta’s combination with Sprint was completed last month. But T-Mo actually had more to announce yesterday than the official launch of its Connecting Heroes program making all wireless service, nationwide 5G access included, absolutely free for state and local first responders.

We’re talking about San Francisco and Sacramento, where T-Mobile’s somewhat controversial 5G service is live right now, as well as Tampa and Orlando, where the next-gen connectivity is “starting to light up.” Even excluding the latter two cities, the 5G network already covers “nearly 6,000 cities and towns and more than 225 million Americans across more than 1 million square miles.”

Of course, not all 5G networks are created equal, which brings us to the aforementioned controversial part of T-Mobile’s “high-speed” service. As emphasized in countless tests and in-depth reports conducted over the last few months, this is only marginally faster than Magenta’s 4G LTE network, which by the way covers “more than 99 percent of people” in the US.
Then again, that’s just a temporary situation, as T-Mo plans to add Sprint’s mid-band spectrum on top of its existing low-band technology and then complete its so-called “layer cake” with blazing fast mmWave 5G. The end goal is to strike the perfect balance between speed and availability across New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Sacramento, Tampa, Orlando, and many more places where Verizon and AT&T are unlikely to deliver comparable services anytime soon.

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