T-Mobile for some time has said they plan to roll out 5G to 30 cities in 2018. These markets will include New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Las Vegas. T-Mobile did not give a full list of cities they will support. Now T-Mobile is saying they will have hundreds of cities ready for 5G in early 2019 including 6 of the top 10 US markets.
According to T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere T-Mobile has equipment in place that can use the 600MHz infrastructure to support the new 5G radios. All they would need to do is roll out a software upgrade to have 5G equipment ready in many cities including New York.
According to the FCC filing, Sprint and T-Mobile said they plan to offer high-speed 5G to 52% of the United States over the next five years. Part of this is a plan to cover 64% of Spectrums markets and 68% of Comcast’s territory. According to T-Mobile, their new 5G home internet will offer 300 Mbps to more than 250 million people and 500 Mbps to more than 200 million people by 2024.
Verizon is already offering average speeds of 300 Mbps with speeds up to 1 Gbps for $50 a month for Verizon Wireless customers or $70 for non-wireless customers. T-Mobile is promoting average speeds of 300 Mbps, but we still don’t know the price. Hopefully, as more 5G services roll out we see a real price war for home internet. Hopefully, T-Mobile pricing is very similar to what Verizon is doing already.
2018 will be the start of the rollout of 5G. Look for it to pick up speed in 2018. With speeds in the 300 Mbps range, it is more than enough for cord cutters to enjoy streaming their content without a cable internet service.
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