T-Mobile announced that it has achieved the global first live network 5G data transmission using low-band spectrum in partnership with Nokia, saying it will now be able to “blanket the country with broad 5G in 2020”. The trials, which took place in Spokane, Washington, showed that a single cell tower will be able to transmit 5G signals across hundreds of square miles. Using 600MHz spectrum will therefore mean regional areas will also have access to its 5G network, T-Mobile said, as signals reach farther than higher-band frequencies. “The Un-carrier is focused on delivering 5G for everyone everywhere, while the other guys focus on 5G for the few — reaching just a few people in small areas of a handful of cities,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said. “We’re building truly mobile 5G so everyone can benefit from the 5G revolution. And with Sprint, we’ll be able to supercharge 5G with incredible capacity and speed.” Low-band spectrum is also able to penetrate buildings and is unaffected by line-of-sight issues that plague millimetre-wave (mmWave) 5G deployments. “T-Mobile is the only wireless provider building 5G on multiple spectrum bands, including low-band and millimetre-wave, to ensure the benefits of 5G can reach everyone, and together with Sprint, the New T-Mobile will have critical mid-band spectrum to enable broad AND deep nationwide coverage,” T-Mobile added. The carrier’s 600MHz extended range 4G LTE is already live in over 1,500 areas across the US and in Puerto Rico. Speaking with ZDNet in September, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said… [Read full story]
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