T-Mobile has announced the expansion of the 2.5 GHz mid-band 5G network. It is available in dozens of new cities, doubling the last mid-band rollout’s coverage. The company stated that it has mid-band 5G support in almost 410 cities and towns in the US.
The T-Mobile announcement has come in just Apple launched its new 5G-compatible iPhone 12 line-up. It will vastly increase the number of 5G devices in the US.
T-Mobile’s “layer cake” approach to expanding 2.5GHz mid-band 5G network
The company’s 5G network integrates the 600MHz low-band network with the fast 2.5GHz network acquired from Sprint, along with the ultra-fast mmWave network, that has the best speed but the terrible range. The 600MHz low-band network offers nationwide coverage with speed improvements of LTE.
Network transmission to larger parts of cities and towns without interference
T-Mobile calls this integration approach a “layer cake” approach to 5G. The 2.5 GHz part of the network is called the “Goldilocks” portion, which is fast enough to provide significant speed increases over the regular LTE and low-band 5G. The network is transmitted to larger parts of the cities and towns without any worry of interference from trees, walls, or buildings.
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The company already has a broader nationwide coverage on its low-band network due to its initial 5G launch this year. This mid-band expansion aims to provide actual next-generation speeds to several users in a way that the 600MHz network does not.
T-Mobile’s open freeways ready to take a large amount of traffic while Verizon and AT&T rely on existing customer’s bandwidth
T-Mobile is the only company building a 5G network with a dedicated spectrum across the three bands. It has open freeways that are ready to take massive amounts of 5G traffic. Verizon and AT&T have to rely on taking the LTE spectrum from their existing customers to widen their 5G coverage. With the Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), Verizon pushes 5G and LTE customers to share bandwidth, breaking up the capacity so that each technology gets a part of it. It takes capacity away from their existing smartphone users and increases congestion.
Rollout at lightning speed as engineers light 1000 sites per month
With a mid-band network, T-Mobile is building nationwide coverage, increasing capacity, and boosting speeds for users. It is also rolling it out at a remarkable speed. Engineers are lighting up nearly 1000 sites per month with 2.5GHz. T-Mobile plans to cover over 100 million people with mid-band 5G by the end of the year.