T-Mobile US has launched the first nationwide 5G network in the United States. “T-Mobile 5G: It’s On!” is the promising title of T-Mobile’s own website to mark the start of the 5G era. Initially limited to the low 600 MHz frequency range, consumers will be able to use the new mobile communications standard from December 6.
America follows suit
By the end of October, more than 86,000 5G base stations in 50 cities were already in operation in China. At the same time, the three largest mobile operators in the People’s Republic introduced their first 5G data tariffs. According to a forecast by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association, a global telecommunications association, China could be the largest 5G market in the world by 2025. With T-Mobil US’s new 5G network, the world’s largest economy now has its first nationwide mobile network too.
According to T-Mobile US, the new 5G network will reach up to 200 million users and cover an area of 1 million square miles. This is to ensure nationwide coverage unlike the U.S. competitors Verizon and AT&T, which have so far limited their 5G offerings to only a few cities. “5G is here on a nationwide scale. This is a HUGE step towards 5G for All,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile.
Really fast 5G?
Critics are already accusing the mobile operator of not being a really fast 5G network. In fact, the current restriction to the 600 MHz frequency range means that a large area can be reached, but not yet with “super-fast” latencies. But T-Mobile US is already active in this area as well: The planned merger with Sprint, the U.S. mobile communications operator, among other things, is intended to expand the offering to a larger frequency range in the near future. The merger, which has already been approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, is still the subject of several lawsuits. A final decision is expected on December 9.