T-Mobile Will Deploy New 2.5 GHz Spectrum ASAP – Telecompetitor

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T-Mobile plans to deploy the new spectrum that it won in the recent auction of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band as soon as it receives its licenses from the FCC.
The company was by far the biggest winner in the auction. Its bids totaled $304 million, and the company won 91% of available licenses.
According to a press release from T-Mobile today, the company’s winnings include more than 7,000 county-based licenses covering 81 million people, primarily in rural areas. Up to three licenses per county were available in the auction, and most of the available licenses were in rural areas.
The company already had 2.5 GHz licenses covering most of the U.S., which it acquired when it merged with Sprint.
Spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band is considered mid-band spectrum, which is widely viewed as supporting the optimum mixture of speed and coverage for 5G.
T-Mobile uses the term “Ultra Capacity 5G” for 5G deployed in the mid-band spectrum. According to today’s press release, the company’s Ultra Capacity 5G now covers 235 million people nationwide. The company expects that number to increase to 260 million this year and to 300 million next year.
T-Mobile uses the term “Extended Range” for 5G service deployed in low-band spectrum, where the company made its initial 5G deployments. Extended Range 5G offers excellent coverage but at relatively low speeds. According to the company, its Extended Range 5G service now covers nearly everyone in the country – 320 million people.
In today’s press release, T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert said the new 2.5 GHz spectrum “accelerates” the company’s mission to build the leading wireless network in America.
In typical T-Mobile fashion, Sievert taunted the company’s competitors, arguing that the competitors have been “distracted, whether they were trying to become media conglomerates or were betting on the wrong 5G strategy.”
I hope this time that T-Mobile really means it when they say this. There are VAST areas out here in the middle of the country, almost entire states (the Dakotas, Nebraska, western half of Kansas, northwest quarter of Oklahoma, I could go on) where T-Mobile has not yet installed any mid-band at all. Add this to T-Mobile’s other huge problem, that their sites are situated 20 miles apart and that mid-band only reaches 3-4 miles from a site, and you have the fact that T-Mobile needs to install thousands of new sites in order to have any sort of blanket coverage for mid-band. This site-spacing also affects low-band 5G, leaving gaps in coverage between sites.
T-Mobile announced a new program over a year ago that was supposed to address this problem, but as yet there has not been any real progress or new construction.
T-Mobile isn’t going to be putting towers out in the middle of a corn field when nobody is using them. Nobody is going to do that. That is where the satellite fill in coverage is going to come into play.
I worked for Verizon Wireless for 10 years.
What they lack in cell tower coverage, instead of building expensive new cell towers, they’ll simply run new or lease existing infrastructure fiber links between towers.
Never mind, from looking at the map, in this latest auction, it looks like T-Mobile bought good amounts of mid-band spectrum in every state except Oklahoma. Things look really good now for Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas, but no good for Oklahoma, as they bought virtually nothing there.
They already have coverage in OK. They don’t need to buy when they already have.
Central Oregon Coast? No internet, no cell coverage, no DSL. Surrounded by M$ homes. Starlink only. As far as our neighborhood goes, this is all so much hype.
StarJunk? LOL. That means you live in a deadzone. Time to move.
Yeah, that’s likely due to NIMBY’s and local policy..
Usually this happens when local (usually older) people are more worried about property value and asthetic than connectivity.
I’m betting if the local fiber provider was given permission to install service and dig up yards temporrarily, they’d gladly move in if the homes are really worth that much.
Don’t have no internet reliable at all in pea ridge road roper North Carolina zip 27970. Be greatly appreciated get some that money used in this area so we can have more reliable internet or fiber optic
Eastern Tennessee is so spotty with T-mobile that we have to carry a Mi-Fi powered by Wal-Marts straight talk to make sure we have service anytime we leave the city limits. Shame on you T-mobile!
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