T-Mobile yesterday announced that it has launched mid-frequency spectrum band 5G in an additional 121 markets, bringing total T-Mobile mid-band 5G markets to 210.
In a test earlier this month, T-Mobile and Ericsson said they had demonstrated 5G speeds of more than 5.6 Gbps on one channel of mid-band 2.5 GHz spectrum. T-Mobile said that it will begin deploying the technology necessary to achieve these speeds next year.
Typically, T-Mobile mid-band 5G can provide speeds averaging around 300 Mbps, and, with the right conditions, can reach peaks of as high as 1 Gbps, according to T-Mobile.
In addition to the mid-band 5G in the new cities and towns, T-Mobile said that it has been adding towers and spectrum in various areas around the country, including 10 times more mid-band sites in New York City since May, providing the municipality with 25 times more coverage and 10 times more capacity than previously.
The company’s 5G network now covers more than 250 million people across 1.3 million square miles.
“The Un-carrier already has America’s largest 5G network, and it’s only getting bigger, better and faster by the day thanks to the mid-band spectrum we’re rolling out across the country,” said Neville Ray, T-Mobile president of technology, in a prepared statement about the new T-Mobile mid-band 5G markets. “It would be easy to deliver fast speeds that are only available less than 1% of the time, like Verizon, but T-Mobile’s strategy is different. With more low and mid-band spectrum than anyone in the U.S. and dedicated airwaves for 5G, only T-Mobile is delivering 5G with both coverage and speed.”
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The number of new markets, at 121, sounds like a lot, but those are only located in 20 states. It is decent progress but will have to get much broader and faster to have any real impact. If T-Mobile is able to attain these same numbers on a monthly basis over the next several months, then they will be making real significant mid-band progress, if they cannot do that, then it’s just a number. They have a lot of irons in the fire now that the Sprint acquisition has completed, expanding the 600 MHz network, upgrading that network to 5G, and now expanding the mid-band spectrum they got from Sprint. I have seen some good progress here in western Oklahoma, with many sites that have been upgraded to 5G but do not show up yet on the official coverage maps, but data rates are not significantly higher than what has already been available via LTE. So far, 5G on Band 71 is not impressive by any means.