November 15, 2021 — BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For years, the wireless industry has been talking about the transformative power of 5G, but now, game changing 5G performance is finally available to a growing majority of Americans. T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today announced it now covers 200 million people with Ultra Capacity 5G … reaching the milestone weeks ahead of schedule and years ahead of the competition! That’s the super-fast, fast-as-home-wifi-speed-with-your-phone 5G that ONLY T-Mobile can deliver to most Americans today with 80% of the Un-carrier’s customers now covered. This is all on top of T-Mobile’s Extended Range 5G, which covers 308 million people across 1.7 million square miles. The combination has earned T-Mobile the crown of America’s 5G leader, with the largest, fastest, and most reliable 5G network.
In fact, yet another third-party report published today confirms T-Mobile delivers the fastest 5G download and upload speeds in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Orlando and Salt Lake City based on thousands of tests from research firm umlaut. The Un-carrier’s 5G download speeds were 4x faster than AT&T and over 3x faster than Verizon on average across the four cities in the report commissioned by T-Mobile. Ultra Capacity 5G was also available nearly 75% of the time on average compared to just 2% for Verizon’s Ultra Wideband. This is just the latest report to show T-Mobile in the top spot for 5G speed and availability. In fact, nearly every third-party network report this year confirms T-Mobile’s 5G network leadership.
“We’re delivering game changing Ultra Capacity 5G to people across the country at an unprecedented pace, putting us in a network leadership position with a two-year head start on the competition. And that gap is only getting wider as we speed up,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. “Only T-Mobile is delivering a 5G network capable of truly transforming the smartphone experience – 5G’s first killer app – and that’s just the beginning. With Ultra Capacity 5G nationwide, we’re unleashing innovators across the country to build new 5G applications that will change the world.”
The secret to T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G – the 5G that delivers super-fast speeds to a lot of people – is mid-band 2.5 GHz spectrum. When other U.S. operators went all in on millimeter wave (mmWave), T-Mobile executed a multi-band spectrum strategy using low-band Extended Range to blanket the country and Ultra Capacity to bring fast 5G speeds to the maximum number of people – now covering 200 million (100x more people than Verizon’s Ultra Wideband) with plans to reach 300 million people (more than 90% of Americans) in the next two years.
Meanwhile Verizon and AT&T’s faster 5G is limited to parts of stadiums and outdoor areas. But they eventually caught on and spent record-breaking amounts on C-band spectrum (3.7 GHz – 3.98 GHz) that they still aren’t delivering to customers.
“We’ve been working toward the 5G future for years with one thing in mind: 5G FOR ALL,” said Neville Ray, President of Technology at T-Mobile. “That means an amazing 5G experience for people across the country, whether they’re in a city like New York or one like Helena, Montana. Our Ultra Capacity 5G is delivering just that, and I’m incredibly proud of the T-Mobile team working to deploy this network ahead of schedule for our customers.”
“T-Mobile is more than a year ahead of its competition with the deployment of its Ultra Capacity 5G mid-band spectrum and is rolling it out at an unprecedented pace,” said Anshel Sag, Principal Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy. “While T-Mobile already has the best 5G coverage in the nation, the company has also made considerable gains in speeds thanks to the rapid nationwide rollout of its mid-band 5G network, which delivers a real, meaningful performance boost.”