T-Mobile is coming hard with 5G. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, T-Mobile’s CTO Neville Ray announced plans to roll out 5G networks across 30 cities this year, a much more ambitious schedule than the competition. What followed was a predictable chest-beating torrent of trash talk from the Un-carrier.
T-Mobile subscribers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas will get first access to 5G, just as soon as 5G smartphones are available, which should be sometime early next year.
T-Mobile, true to form, is taking the opportunity to trash the competition with gusto.
“Dumb and Dumber are in a meaningless race to be first. Their so-called 5G isn’t mobile, and it’s not even on a smartphone. It’s a puck?! You gotta be pucking kidding me!” John Legere, president and CEO at T-Mobile said. “While the Duopoly focus on bragging rights, we focus on customers. T-Mobile has massively bigger plans for a truly transformative 5G experience on your smartphone nationwide. We’re playing the long game … the only game that matters.”
T-Mobile says it’s got an edge on 5G, with its unpopulated spectrum holdings and a multi-spectrum strategy. A statement about the carrier’s 5G plans points out that T-Mobile is building 5G on wide-open airwaves, not relying on existing LTE networks. T-Mobile also points out its the only U.S. wireless operator to announce plans for standards-based 5G across multiple spectrum bands, a strategy T-Mobile says is critical to delivering national coverage and reliability.
“We’re tackling 5G with an army at our side,” Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer at T-Mobile said. “To advance our 5G vision, we’re working closely with 3GPP, industry standards groups, chip makers, and a range of global handset manufacturers – who are on track to deliver the first handsets in early 2019. And, we’re partnering closely with global network infrastructure leaders like Ericsson and Nokia who are already delivering equipment to support our multi-spectrum strategy.”
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