T-Mobile US to cover 200M in U.S. using 600MHz spectrum; OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren smartphone exclusive deal
T-Mobile US plans to cover 200 million people with its 5G network by the end of this year, using 600 MHz spectrum. The “Un-carrier” said it has been working towards the launch of 5G using 600 MHz for the past two years, and will be deploying 5G-ready equipment for both indoors and outdoors.
To date, T-Mobile US has thousands of 5G-ready towers and cell sites capable of lighting up 5G on 600 MHz spectrum, and no other 5G signal will be as strong or as reliable for broad coverage. That means T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network will be able to cover more people in more places and work indoors and out, unlike the competitors current 5G networks which can be blocked by things like walls, glass and leaves.
T-Mobile says their 5G network operating on 600 MHz spectrum is just the start of the journey to 5G and provides a critical low-band foundation. Together with Sprint, the New T-Mobile will have the ability to add critical depth with mid-band spectrum for broad coverage and performance as well as mmWave spectrum for hotspot-like coverage in dense urban areas. Only this combination will deliver a 5G network with both breadth and depth, something the carriers simply cannot do as quickly. The stakes are high for the U.S., as billions in economic growth and jobs are expected to come from 5G and the innovations it will unleash.
Observation: By deploying 5G on low band spectrum this year, T-Mobile US will be well ahead of AT&T, which has recently promised to launch 5G on its unspecified low band spectrum (probably 700MHz) by the middle of 2020.
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said in April that the Un-carrier would provide speeds of 60 Mbit/s to 70 Mbit/s using 5G in the 600MHz band. He said that would be roughly double the speeds the operator currently provides on its 600MHz spectrum with its 4G LTE network.
Mike Dano of Light Reading had this to say about T-Mo’s 5G on 600 MHz announcement:
T-Mobile’s lowband 5G network won’t provide speeds anywhere near the 1 Gbit/s peak speeds that Verizon is providing with its 5G network over millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum. Nor are those speeds nearly as fast as the roughly 500 Mbit/s peak speeds that T-Mobile is already providing on a mmWave 5G network the operator launched this summer in parts of six cities.
However, the key element of T-Mobile’s launch of 5G in its 600MHz spectrum is that it will reach across major portions of the US population. That’s because transmissions in 600MHz spectrum can cover large geographic distances, while transmissions in mmWave spectrum can’t go more than a few thousand feet. The tradeoff, though, is capacity and speeds: mmWave 5G can handle enormous amounts of data, while lowband 5G can’t.
Once again, we warn readers that none of the spectrum that’s being used for pre-standard (IMT 2020) commercial services have been approved by the ITU-R for 5G. That will only happen after WRC 19 has concluded as per this recent WRC 19 Preview article. Also note that mmW 5G will require line of sight transmission and many more small cells due to limited reach so will be restricted to dense urban areas.
In the same T-Mobile US press release, OnePlus announced its OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren smartphone, which it will be providing exclusively in the United States with T-Mobile US. The limited edition McLaren phone will have a 6.67 inch Fluid Display, a 90 Hz refresh rate, three cameras including a 48 MP main one, 3X optical zoom and a 117 degree Ultra-Wide-Angle lens. The 4085 mAh battery will come with Warp Charge 30T, for a full charge in one hour. Finally, the phone case will be made of Alcantara, a composite fabric material made to be soft, durable and very gripable. Pricing will be provided later this year, as will availability dates.
“At OnePlus we believe that 5G is the future,” said Pete Lau, CEO and Founder of OnePlus. “T-Mobile has always been a great partner, and T-Mobile’s expansive 5G network on the 600 MHz spectrum makes it the perfect opportunity for us to exclusively launch the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren in the United States,” he added.
The OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren will launch exclusively at T-Mobile and take advantage of the Un-carrier’s 5G network
Separately, T-Mobile US has launched a new campaign against Verizon, highlighting how the rival operator charges more for 5G but has limited coverage. The ‘VerHIDEzon’ campaign points out how Verizon does not provide customers with maps of its 5G coverage.
The campaign will run online and outdoors, including on T-Mobile’s Times Square display in New York city. It also promotes T-Mobile’s pledge to bring 5G to all of the US if its merger with Sprint goes ahead.
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To learn more about the new OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren at T-Mobile, please visit https://www.t-mobile.com/devices/5g-phones. For more about T-Mobile’s 5G network, visit www.t-mobile.com/coverage, and to learn more about the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger, visit www.NewTMobile.com.
4 thoughts on “T-Mobile US to cover 200M in U.S. using 600MHz spectrum; OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren smartphone exclusive deal”
Carriers with greenfield/brownfield spectrum in mid-band and low-band will have an initial advantage over those who have to swap out 3G/4G equipment in those same bands.
On the negative side – those same carriers will have to manage a lot of application/permit activity, followed by the near-inevitable resident opposition hearings.
T-Mobile has set December 6 as the date for its lowband 5G launch, which is intended to cover 200 million people in the US.
CEO John Legere and president and chief operating officer Mike Sievert named the launch date during the operator’s latest “uncarrier” event on Thursday. The carrier expects to cover 5,000 cities in the US by the end of the year with 5G.
The operator’s 5G service will work on the Samsung Note 10 and the OnePlus 7T 5G McLaren smartphones at launch. Download speeds will be around 100-Mbit/s at launch.
This contrasts with AT&T’s and Verizon’s early launches of 5G using millimeter-wave spectrum. These have offered 1-Gbit/s download speeds but have only launched in tiny parts of select cities rather than with a broad, near-nationwide coverage like T-Mobile.
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray promised at the event that downloads will increase to “hundreds of megabits” per second as 2.5GHz spectrum from Sprint gets layered into the mix, if the Sprint acquisition by T-Mobile closes — as expected — early next year.
T-Mobile has said that it won’t charge more for its 5G service. “That’s in big contrast to our competitors,” Sievert says. Verizon, for instance, has said it will eventually ask for a $10 upcharge for its 5G service, although it hasn’t asked early users for that premium yet.
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