The low-band spectrum provides the foundational layer for T-Mobile’s 5G network and will offer download speeds 20% faster than LTE on average to start. Just like with 4G, that experience will improve exponentially for customers over time.
T-Mobile’s 5G coverage is currently supported by five phones: the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren, Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+ 5G, and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G.
New 5G coverage
The locations T-Mobile has rolled out 5G in are: Folly Beach in South Carolina, Lonaconing in Maryland, Old Fort in North Carolina, Reynoldsville, Mercersburg and Perryopolis in Pennsylvania and Tallulah in Los Angeles.
In a statement about the Folly Beach roll-out, Luis Eyes, senior director of network technology for T-Mobile said: "We've been building toward this day for a really long time. Professionally, it’s incredibly rewarding to bring the community a technology that has the potential to close the Digital Divide and level the playing field for rural America."
"Today marks the beginning, not the end. As we add more cell sites and continue to build out our 5G network in Folly Beach, the wireless experience is only going to get better,” continued Eyes.
Assuming the pending merger with Sprint closes, we can expect to see T-Mobile will build upon this foundational 5G layer with mid-band and high-band spectrum. This will add capacity for greater speeds and better coverage.
T-Mobile will bring 5G to 200 million Americans this year and have launched a useful zoomable 5G coverage map for customers.