Bad news for T-Mobile US customers: This operator has delayed the rollout of its faster 5G data service for a while after June this year.
It Should Put It Behind
T-Mobile 5G on Another Frequency
T-Mobile decided to push the launch of the 5G service because there are no phones that support it. the 600 MHz frequencies that this carrier primarily uses for its next generation service. The wireless service provider's CTO Neville Ray told Cnet they hope there will be phones that use this frequency out before the end of the year.
Businesses must license parts of the wireless spectrum in order to provide service over it. AT & T, Verizon and Sprint were willing to pay more than T-Mobile in spectrum auctions for the frequencies supported by the first 5G units.
T-Mobile's 600MHz spectrum provides wider coverage.
Ray sent a follow-up tweet to Cnet and said: "We have always said that we should start when phones are available and they will be in H1. H2 is exactly when it becomes more meaningful … but there is no delay and no change of plans. "
This carrier has some spectrum in the frequencies used by the first wave of 5G units, and it soon goes into use. T-Mobile's great pressures around 5G will start in the second half of the year with the launch of devices that support its much wider 600MHz service.
5G here and there
Sprint promised today that it will start offering 5G service in a handful of cities in May. It uses middle band frequencies for 5G, different from T-Mobile. These carriers are trying to merge and they combine their wireless frequency licenses as a reason. This merger is still waiting for the US government.
AT & T already has its 5G service in several cities around the country, and Verizon will start the service in 30 municipalities in the first half of the year. Both use similar millimeter wave frequencies, and are supported by recently announced phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
No US airline is expected to have any near nationwide coverage until well into 2020. It may also be when Apple introduces the first 5G iPhone.