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T-Mobile says its 5G network will be right with or ahead of the competition launch

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T-Mobile says its 5G network will be right with or ahead of the competition launch
We can't say claim that the 5G wireless networks will be available any time soon, but they do sound pretty amazing, promising speeds of up to 100 times faster than LTE (which is already sufficiently fast as is). But, just because the networks won't be available soon doesn't mean that companies aren't already working on them.

AT&T has already been reported to start testing its 5G network as soon as this summer, and Verizon will likely be doing the same. T-Mobile doesn't want to be left behind, but it also wants customers to understand that 5G networks are not coming soon. T-Mobile network chief Neville Ray told Re/code that "They are trying to change the story. Nothing they are doing is proprietary or unique." 

Ray went on to say that T-Mobile would be "be right there with them or ahead." And, in that effort, T-Mobile will start testing on its own 5G network at some point this year. However, T-Mobile was careful to note that their network (and those from competitors) likely won't see the first consumer devices capable of running on the 5G wireless until around 2020. 

That's only 4 years away, which isn't so bad in general terms, but it is multiple lifetimes in terms of mobile devices. 

source: Re/code

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posted on 19 Feb 2016, 09:35 5

1. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


So I get around 60 Megabits per second on LTE. Then I should get 60000 Megabits per second on 5G (7,500 Megabytes per second). What a great way to end 25GB under 4 seconds! It would be awesome to have 5G unlimited lol

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 10:09 1

3. Brewski (Posts: 317; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


I got unlimited, can't wait.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 10:29

4. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1493; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


you're so lucky. No unlimited in my country lol

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 14:21

11. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


I got unl data, but in Honduras I barely have 4G.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 09:52 7

2. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1598; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I wish the telecoms would be honest with consumers and stipulate that all these crazy speeds are theoretical and not likely to happen in the real world. Large urban areas have insane congestion and you're lucky to get DSL speeds. Rural areas are privileged to receive HSPA speeds when they're not on EDGE.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 05:41

13. xondk (Posts: 1207; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


That, and that they would switch to a system based around bandwidth rather then data cap.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 10:41

5. xq10xa (Posts: 642; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


We know god damn well T-Mobile isn't getting 5G ahead of anyone. For a guy who says cut the Bull$hit that sure is the mother load of bullsh!t.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 11:09 1

6. joevsyou (Posts: 683; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


i think he meant the quality and coverage not first which is fine no one was expecting them to be first .. Not ahead to be the first. Verizon said 2017, AT&T said later in 2016.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 11:51

8. xq10xa (Posts: 642; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Either way.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 11:36 3

7. darealist (Posts: 105; Member since: 25 Feb 2015)


Yay we get to reach the data cap less than a minute!

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 12:37

9. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER (Posts: 89; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Interesting to see how much lower latency will be on 5G.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 14:03

10. intentionally_left_blank (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)


This is great news. I bet my DVD quality standard def 480p and below videos will look great on 5g!

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 18:45

12. izim1 (Posts: 421; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Or you can easily disable that and pay for your data speeds instead. It's not even the complaints about free optional stuff that get me, what I really get a kick out of is the complaints about 480p DVD quality... You self entitled kids have no idea how amazing the "the matrix" DVD was. Can't appreciate sh!t...

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 20:59

14. intentionally_left_blank (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)


I'm confused. Why would I want to disable bingeon when they automatically signed me up for it? If they're going to wind back the clock on video resolution, why not do the same for data speed? Instead of 5g why not further develop 3g or maybe 1g? If 480p is amazing dvd quality, I'm sure 3 g will be amazing too. It's "landline quality!" Amazing!

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