T-Mobile has just announced that it is planning to start testing its 5G network in 2019 and is targeting a full nationwide rollout a year later.
A shot at AT&T and Verizon
The carrier will use part of its currently unused 600 MHz to deliver 5G coverage:
“5G will be amazing, and we can’t even imagine all the cool stuff it will bring, just like with our earlier network innovations. That’s why truly mobile 5G has to be nationwide — period, the end,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “The carriers are using 5G to either distract from how badly they’re losing today or to give their shareholders some hope they can compete with Big Cable. Their ambitious vision for Fixed 5G to replace home internet will never provide mobile 5G coverage. It makes no sense.”
Legere, in the video above, also took time to lob a few shots in the direction of both Verizon and AT&T.
Verizon will start testing its own 5G service later this year.
AT&T is also gearing up for true 5G service. It recently launched “5G Evolution” in a small number of cities that offers faster speeds but isn’t truly 5G technology.