T-Mobile’s Neville Ray says 5G moves fast on 600 MHz with 2.5 GHz spectrum boatload
T-Mobile’s President of Technology Neville Ray revealed his 2020 playbook that included companies 5G capability and goals of the remaining 2020. T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint.
T-Mobile President of Technology Neville Ray revealed his 2020 playbook during the Wells Fargo Virtual 5G Forum on Thursday. He said, For years, T-Mobile’s network ranked below its bigger rivals. Now, it boasts a national 5G network built on 600 MHz, and it’s in the enviable position of deploying a boatload of 2.5 GHz spectrum acquired from the Sprint transaction.
This year is going to be a big year for us. My playbook … simply is to get as much 600 and 2.5 rolled out as is humanly possible this year and next
When asked what keeps him awake at night,? Ray said: it’s all about moving faster. T-Mobile now has an “incredible asset base” and he wants to realize that as fast as possible. “It’s an incredible opportunity,” and after 20 years at T-Mobile and 25 years in the U.S. wireless industry building networks, this marks the first time he’s been in this kind of spectrum position and the competition doesn’t yet have a path to match it for some time.
With the competitors in the US it is difficult to be the best and at the global level where countries like Japan, India, and China the company has a lot to catch up. Even though T-Mobile boasted about its 5G network before the Sprint transaction was complete, with the new T-Mobile, 5G will finally arrive in a meaningful way in the U.S.
We’ve all made and my competition has made a lot of statements about 5G, what launched and when it launched. But the reach and impact of that has been very, very limited today. Very limited in terms of coverage availability, the customer experience, you name it. This year, that will change. Thanks to T-Mobile, which is seeing speeds of 300 and 400 Mbps averages on 2.5 GHz spectrum that’s not evenly fully tapped, so a year from now, the results will be “remarkable.
When asked about the status of T-Mobile’s 600 MHz lease arrangements with Dish Network on a longer-term basis, Ray said: “We continue our work with Dish and the DoJ,” and he’s pleased to see that “we’re going to close with Boost at the end of the month.” However, the spectrum lease arrangement with Dish is not connected to that.
We continue a negotiation with Dish and with the DoJ on if there’s something there that’s of mutual benefit to both companies. Watch this space. We’ll see where that one goes,
5G is a shorter wavelength means it’s more prone to signal degradation across great distances. Small-scale deployments are expected at the 2018 and 2020 Olympics to give attendees an early look at the tech before it reaches the mainstream.
5G will shorten/vanish the buffering period the videos will be seen on VR and AR at a very robust speed and would not buffer any more which was a major factor in LTE. You will be able to download any 100 GB files in seconds which will please you to have those big files getting download in some seconds.5G is expected to be launched in 2019 and will be spread all over the world by 2025.
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