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T-Mobile trades words with Verizon and AT&T, says it will launch a real 5G network by 2020


T-Mobile is taking the fight straight to AT&T and Verizon. Here’s how.

T-Mobile is coming out swinging against Verizon and AT&T, saying it will use the 31MHz of low-band 600MHz spectrum on which it spent nearly $8 billion to roll out a full nationwide 5G network by 2020, something that neither AT&T nor Verizon have committed to.

In a combination press release/blog post/video blog unveiled this week, both T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, and its chief technology officer, Neville Ray, strongly oppose AT&T’s “fake 5G network” announcement from April, saying that it is “based on [4G LTE] technologies [T-Mobile] launched in 2016 – and tried to confuse consumers and distract from the fact that their network is losing to T-Mobile.”

T-Mobile says that 5G is going to be about more than speed.

T-Mobile intends to launch a proper 5G network with its low-band spectrum, augmenting it with some 200MHz of millimeter-wave, or super high-band, spectrum to boost capacity in big cities. AT&T and Verizon haven’t yet committed to a specific 5G rollout yet, opting to take the slower, more restrained approach of testing a variety of network configurations in select cities, largely because the 5G spec hasn’t even been finalized yet.

But T-Mobile says that 5G is going to be about more than speed, which is why it feels comfortable using its 600MHz spectrum — which travels further and penetrates walls better than high-band spectrum, but has a limited capacity for speed — as the primary conduit for its new network:

5G means amazingly fast speeds, sure, but 5G is a whole lot more! 5G will mean lower-latency (that means faster response-times for your applications), massively increased battery life and an exponential leap in the number of connections we can handle simultaneously – and that unlocks all kinds of amazing new applications. It’s about more than just speed.

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