20 November 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
T-Mobile US has confirmed that it will roll out its fifth generation network across the US by the year 2020.
The news came via the
company’s chief technology officer Neville Ray,
who made the announcement at the Morgan Stanley European
Technology, Media and Telecoms Conference in Barcelona.
According to Reuters, at the conference Ray was
quoted as saying: "We’re committed to drive a 5G
rollout by 2020 across the nation."
Further to this Fierce Wireless quotes him as
adding: "and neither AT&T nor Verizon have stepped up to
that challenge. There’s been a lot of discussion
[of] millimetre wave and the kind of surgical, tactical
deployments of 5G, and we’ll be there too. But
we’ll deploy in the 600 MHz for 5G as we move into
the next decade."
While AT&T and Verizon seem focussed on fixed wireless
technologies for 5G, T-Mobile seems to have shifted its focus
to 600 MHz airwaves as its strategy for the next-generation
"We have to have a strong mid-band 5G story for the U.S.
marketplace," continued Ray. "I think the discussion has moved
away from the early, Verizon-led millimetre-wave story …
Millimetre wave will play a role but we’re pushing
hard on the other end, low-band."
Earlier this month, T-Mobile demonstrated real world LTE speeds
topping 673Mbps in partnership with Qualcomm aimed at
showcasing the power and speed of Gigabit LTE. Three
technologies were used during the demonstration, which are:
carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple
output), and 256QAM.
In related news T-Mobile US was once again linked to Sprint
over resumed talks of a merger between the two. Discussions of the acquisition are rumoured to
have been called off earlier this month over failure to agree
on the structure of a company.