T-Mobile’s 5G network arrives in the US – but it’s not the speed-hike yet

Yesterday, T-Mobile launched its much-anticipated ‘nationwide’ 5G network. However, currently, the service doesn’t quite deliver what is expected from it.

Mike Sievertand and John Legere
T-Mobile president Mike Sievert and and CEO John Legere are ecstatic about the launch of their company’s expansive 5G network. Photo: T-Mobile

The carrier claims to have the first, largest, and only nationwide 5G network. It says that it covers more people and places than anyone else. Additionally, it says that no 5G signal goes father or is more reliable. Despite, these bold claims, testers have found that the present form of the wireless network isn’t so quick or available as they hoped.

Cross-country testing

CNET reports that the 5G devices that it holds from T-Mobile disappointed. Two employees of the company tested the service across the United States. One was on the east coast in New York and the other on the other side of the country in Maui.

To promote the launch of the project, T-Mobile released the $900 OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren and $1,300 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G on its site. These devices were tested across the region, and have been reported to provide a similar experience to T-Mobile’s 4G LTE service.

Download speed tests on the device in New York saw numbers ranging from 20Mbps and 50Mbps. There were some occasional peaks hitting above 100Mbps. These amounts are close to what a T-Mobile Galaxy S10 5G running on 4G LTE can deliver. Tests in Maui saw also saw lackluster results and often lost coverage.

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A map that compares T-Mobile’s 4G LTE and 5G coverage. Photo: T-Mobile

Wider network

Unlike other carriers, T-Mobile isn’t forcing customers to purchase premium plans in order to use its 5G network. However, its service seems to be not as fast as some of its rivals. The firm promises to deliver a product that is 20% faster than 4G LTE, which is a great feat. Although, this isn’t as robust as Verizon’s near 1GB speeds on its millimeter-wave network.

However, the key point to remember with T-Mobile’s move is that 200 million people now have access to 5G. Whereas the service provided by the majority of its competitors is extremely limited when it comes to location. Verizon’s millimeter-wave network is only available in 18 cities. Sprint’s is only live in nine but this could soon change if its planned merger with T-Mobile goes ahead.

John Legere
John Legere will be stepping down from his post during the spring of next year. Photo: T-Mobile

Too soon to tell

Altogether, it is still early days as the network only made its debut yesterday. There is still room for improvement as the carrier still gets to grips with the rollout. In a press release, T-Mobile admitted that there is work to be done and hopes to improve on the service.

“In the coming months and years, T-Mobile will build upon this foundational 5G layer to add capacity, or more “lanes” using the invisible highway analogy, for greater speeds and better coverage,” it said, as per the release.

The business also hopes to leverage its merger with Sprint to improve on the technology.

“T-Mobile’s proposed merger with Sprint, if approved, will provide the combined company with critical mid-band spectrum it needs to increase capacity and performance even more.

“Only a combination of low, mid and high-band spectrum will deliver a 5G network with both breadth and depth covering all of America, something that T-Mobile and Sprint simply cannot do alone.”

We will no doubt see progress with 5G as we head into the next decade. Ultimately, 2020 will be a crucial year for the evolution of wireless technology.

Have you tested T-Mobile’s 5G service? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

 

 

 

 

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