T-Mobile has a bold vision of providing nationwide 5G network. They have 600 MHz band available which can provide them with a nationwide 5G coverage layer but would that be enough? I have done some analysis on this topic on 3G4G blog here. They have a nice video on their 5G vision as shown below:
Recently they have also deployed a 5G tech truck to bring these benefits to end users.
According to TmoNews:
The T-Mobile Tech Truck hit the road today, beginning a journey that’ll take it across the country to help people experience the benefits of 5G as well as other tech being developed by T-Mobile. The exhibit will include connected drones, interactive displays to show how smart cities will become cleaner and more efficient, and AR and VR experiences that T-Mo says will improve how we communicate.
In addition to 5G, T-Mobile has been deploying small cells with LAA or License Assisted Access. This is helping them reach Gigabit LTE.
With Verizon and AT&T working towards 5G in high throughput mmWave band both T-Mobile and Sprint can differentiate themselves with nationwide 5G. In fact this is the main value proposition for T-Mo and Sprint merger, that they complement each other with regards to 5G bands and if they merge than US could be 5G leader.
We will have to wait and see who wins the 5G race in the USA.
- 3G4G Blog: Minimum Bandwidth Requirement for 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) Deployment
- 3G4G Small Cells Blog: T-Mobile USA is deploying 25K small cells with LAA
- 3G4G Small Cells Blog: Some pictures of Small Cells from California (USA)
- 3G4G Small Cells Blog: T-Mobile USA Small Cells - backhauled via dark fiber