T-Mobile CEO Legere announces the carrier's plan to build a nationwide 5G network

The Pied Piper of the mobile industry is at it again, as T-Mobile CEO John Legere made one of the biggest announcements of his career to date. Today, T-Mobile became the first U.S. carrier to announce plans for a nationwide 5G network. The nation's third largest carrier will use some of the 600MHz spectrum it won during the FCC auction, to carry 5G traffic from one U.S. coast to the other. It also plans on using some of the low-frequency spectrum to enhance, improve and expand its 4G LTE network.

T--Mobile spent $7.9 billion on the auction, outspending the competition, and ending up with 45% of the airwaves that were successfully auctioned off. Low frequency spectrum is considered more desirable than high-frequency airwaves since they travel farther and penetrate buildings better. As T-Mobile's Chief Technical Officer Neville Ray pointed out today, 5G service will require both low and high frequency spectrum. The low end will be handily covered for T-Mobile thanks to the haul of 600MHz spectrum it just picked up.

The high end will require the use of high-frequency millimeter wave spectrum which doesn't travel far at all. With carriers' trying to accumulate millimeter wave airwaves, we might see more M&A fights such as the one that is taking place with Straight Path. AT&T and a mystery bidder rumored to be Verizon are offering over $1 billion for the company, which was worth a third of that figure just two weeks ago. Straight Path has holdings of prime 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave spectrum.

Last weekend, Verizon Chief Network Officer Nicola Palmer wrote on Big Red's blog why Verizon did not participate in the FCC auction. At the same time, she took a shot at T-Mobile by saying that the latter desperately needs the 600MHz spectrum it won so that it could play catch up to Verizon. Well, you knew that John Legere was not going to take that sitting down.

In the video that you'll find at the top of this story, Legere mentions that AT&T's network speed has dropped 4% since launching its new unlimited plan, and Verizon's network speed has declined by 14% thanks to its new Verizon Unlimited service. More traffic means congested towers and slower speeds. He also called out AT&T for its 5G Evolution that was launched in eight cities last week. Since 5G standards have not been finalized, AT&T's offering really had nothing to do with 5G. According to Legere, AT&T subscribers in the eight 5G Evolution markets will receive 4G service at twice AT&T's usual speed, based on technology that T-Mobile deployed in 2016. As for Verizon, Legere called Palmer's blog post about the auction "defensive." 

Talking about what the future might bring with 5G, Legere says that we can't even begin to imagine what is coming. And speaking of the future, Legere says that unlike his rivals, T-Mobile is making no promises about delivering 5G next year. He points out (as we did earlier in the story) that 5G standards are still being written and that it might take two to three years for 5G to arrive. When it does, Legere vows that "T-Mobile will be at the forefront of unlocking the 5G future for everyone."

source: T-Mobile



1. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Shouldn't they finish their 4g network first..... that's kind of like Sprint talking 5g

2. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Kind of but not at all, t mobile has had a better network than sprint for years, but I do agree with you their 4G can be better

16. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Much improved, but still quite spotty indooor and rural reception from what I hear. Will play it safe and spend a few dollars more for ATT.

17. tuminatr

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

maybe where you live, but not where I live

19. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Their 4G LTE is fine, just coverage needs work

3. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1074; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Let them talk all they want, by T-Mobile announcing their 5G plans, it's sure to push the others to work faster

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

We should be on 10G by now.

20. civicsr2cool

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Its not really 5g. just like hspa+ wasnt 4g but yet they called it that.

4. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Considering that current soc modems aren't being used to their fullest potential makes me not care lol

5. aegislash

Posts: 1509; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

As much as I love T-Mobile...why the heck does Legere always look like he's strung out from a 10 day cocaine binge?

6. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

The guy puts in 70 hour work weeks and spends countless more hours taunting the competition on Twitter. Cut him some slack.

7. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I love T-Mobile but why do I feel like Legere is going die of a heart attack and, much like Billy Mays, have it later come out that he was a giant coke head?

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What if he is a coke head? As long as he does his job, who cares? If you made the money he did, wouldn't you get high? I would. What else you gonna spend all that money on? Phones?! lol Steve Jobs was a druggie. Larry Ellison looks like a druggies. We know many actors/actresses and entertainers are sports players do drugs too. He probably thinks better high. I mean he has completely turn T-Mobile around.

8. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I've been wanting to switch to T-Mob but I'm still not sold on their coverage. I'm currently on Cricket and living in Arizona, I get just as good coverage as Verizon throughout the whole state. I'm only paying $35 a month for 3gb of data to, so there's that advantage

10. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

I would sitck with it if i were you, tmobile has lots of freebies but it is not worth it.

12. BuffaloSouce unregistered

That's what I'm thinking. When I first signed up with cricket they gave me bill credits on two separate occasions within the first year nd they have they're own rewards program which mostly consist of just logging into the app a few times to earn points. Also the only time I've ever had to step foot into their store was to activate my account. Autopay is awesome to. $5 monthly discount and they send a text 24 hours before they take the payment out of your account

9. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

Pie in the sky, i am leaving tmobile because you can't go into a market downtown and get a decent signal. I am just tired of waiting year after year. I even bought an iphone 6s + to get on tmobiles band 12, nothing much happened with the signal.

11. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

First iPhone with a band 12 radio. Not to mention, iPhones are notorious for not being the best at picking up a signal.

15. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

At least he has his feet on the Earth ,unlike At&t thats delusional calling their network which uses the same technology T-Mobile has been using for months 5G . Here in LA they already work better than At&t in everything coverage, lte speed ,less dropped calls hopefully they improve even more.

18. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

"Today, T-Mobile became the first U.S. carrier to announce plans for a nationwide 5G network." HUH??? Verizon announced their own 5G plans back in 2015. Just recently, 5G is already up and running in some places.

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