T-Mobile says don't expect super fast speeds on 5G at launch

T-Mobile says don't expect super fast speeds on 5G at launch
T-Mobile plans to start rolling out 5G this year. As the competition between carriers (un-carrier?) warms up, an executive warned that 5G speeds will not blow you away initially. The company stated that you should expect speeds 25-50 percent faster than current LTE speeds. We hear a lot about future speeds on 5G, but it seems logical to point out that LTE didn't start out as fast as it is now. This is exactly what T-Mobile cited as the logic behind the warning. In some areas, LTE is still slow for users. Some cannot get it at all. The point is, that as the networks were improved and expanded, users saw better speeds. Claiming multi-gigabit speeds make great talking points, but we will probably see subtle improvements at first. This is especially true for those of us who live a bit further away from major city centers. T-Mobile plans to launch with further ranges than other carriers, but the speeds coming out at that distance will be slower than the hotspot technology other carriers plan to launch. 

How does this impact everyday users? 


Initially, it probably wont have much of an effect. Those who are within range and have enabled devices will probably see the kind of improvement that people who live in rural or even suburban areas experience when they switch to a city tower on LTE. It is no secret that there are already differences between signal speed and strength depending on your carrier. The move to 5G will probably be a slow and lengthy process, full of gradual improvements and growing coverage. T-Mobile again points out that there is a lot more room to grow on 5G than there was with 4G. The initial gap may be small, but over years the possibility for growth and speed is much, much larger. 

source: PCmag

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11 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

Excited for 5G. Wonder if phones will get it by the end of the year

2. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Not much different from when we went from HSPA to LTE. There was very little difference at first and then the network got faster and faster.

3. MikeMu

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 26, 2018

The article mentions hotspot technology that other carriers plan to use. Does anyone know who manufactures those 5G hotspots and what companies will offer 5G through a hotspot?

4. MikeMu

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 26, 2018

The article mentions hotspot technology that other carriers plan to use. Does anyone know who manufactures those 5G hotspots and what companies will offer 5G through a hotspot?

5. Matthew_Mills

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 08, 2018

Verizon is offering Hotspots supposedly the end of this year

6. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I remembered when I was with VZW, the early adapter speed of 4G was constantly lighting fast between 30 and 70 mbps.

7. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Ppl should read about the radiation 5g is gonna give off, I was excited for 5g until that point

8. MikeMu

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 26, 2018

Thanks Matt. I'm wondering who the manufacturer of those 5G hotspots would be

9. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

Coolio

10. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

Neato

11. Zoenphlux

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

I idea of a hotspot is great for on the go, and especially for people who can get LTE but no other home internet other than Satellite. However, get that trash out of here unless they remove data caps, and throttled speeds with those caps. Hotspots need slower speeds until they stop being greedy and open up limits(or set them more realistically higher like 200gb for home use). The faster the hotspot, the faster you use up your data (videos buffer ahead, you surf faster, etc). What good is 5G when you still only have 5gb data hotspots? I don't understand this concept. LTE will burn through 5GB in a matter of days if you use it on a laptop or desktop, stream movies at HD, etc. They need to setup a plan for home users with the SPEEd capped at 25mb/50mb etc and leave the data side alone for now.

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