After one year of operation, T-Mobile announced total fixed wireless customers just hit 1 million. The milestone was achieved earlier this month.
The operator’s fixed wireless service is now available to 40 million households nationwide, with T-Mobile announcing 10 million more 5G Home Internet locations were just added.
“T-Mobile’s remarkable growth in broadband – a market that’s full of big behemoth corporations – just underscores how hungry customers are for a real alternative to the Carriers and the Landline ISPs,” said Mike Sievert, T-Mobile CEO in a press release. “We launched into broadband last year with a radically new value prop that’s completely disrupted this category, and now, with a household footprint that’s millions larger than the nearest fixed wireless competitor.”
T-Mobile is predicting its total fixed wireless subs to reach 7 to 8 million by 2025. T-Mobile charges a flat rate $50 per month for the service (when using AutoPay), which utilizes both 4G LTE and 5G technology.
The service is self-installed and includes a Wi-Fi gateway. There are no data caps. T-Mobile is currently running a promotion offering a $50 prepaid Mastercard debit card for all new subscribers.
By using both 4G LTE and 5G, depending on the customer’s location, T-Mobile promises fixed wireless download speeds ranging from 35 Mbps to 115 Mbps, with upload speeds of between 6 Mbps and 23 Mbps. As a result, the carrier does offer some disclaimers with regard to video streaming.
“Video streaming resolution depends on available speeds. For best performance, leave video streaming applications at their default resolution setting. Not compatible with some live TV streaming services,” says T-Mobile in its fixed wireless terms and conditions.
Some recent analyst research from Moffetnathanson suggests that T-Mobile is overperforming with its fixed wireless service in rural markets. That research found that about a third of T-Mobile total fixed wireless subs were located in rural markets, despite only representing 6% of its coverage area.