T-Mobile and Verizon battle over 5G

T-Mobile and Verizon battle over 5G
At the end of last month, Verizon said that it would start bringing 5G into the home with its residential 5G broadband coming to five markets in the second half of next year. Big Red will be using millimeter-wave technology, which has a number of issues. The signals require a clear line-of-sight, and do not penetrate buildings that well. Verizon VP of network support Mike Haberman says that Verizon is using beam-forming technology to workaround those limitations, and the carrier was able to achieve a gigabit link even at distance of 2,000 feet.

T-Mobile, on the other hand, has been focusing on nationwide 5G over mobile networks, a goal that most likely won't be offered to the public until 2019-2020. T-Mobile CEO John Legere, not one to shy away from tossing in his two cents, tweeted last week that Verizon continues to "over-promise and under-deliver." Pointing to past announcements made by the nation's largest carrier, the executive wrote "First 5G was gonna be available in 2016, now it’s almost 2018 & NOTHING!" (capitals are used in the source material).

In an interview published this past week, T-Mobile's Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray called out Verizon's plan to deploy 5G next year "unrealistic," and pointed out the "technical hurdles" that are inherent with millimeter-wave spectrum will be the reason why Verizon won't debut 5G service next year. Verizon's Haberman got in his own shot when he said that it is hard for carriers not using millimeter-wave spectrum (like T-Mobile) to comment. Verizon's VP of Network Support added that millimeter-wave spectrum technology is "rapidly improving."

T-Mobile and Verizon are both trying to get to the finish line first and reap the huge publicity that comes with being the first to offer 5G. But since we are talking about two different deployments of 5G, this battle is most likely just warming up.


source: @JohnLegere, CNET via BGR

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17 Comments

1. Xavier1415

Posts: 176; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

But Verizon is better than TMobile in everything lol

3. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I have Verizon and I get full bars in places where sprint and especially t mobile don’t work at all. Verizon basically works better than any other phone company where I live. They can talk there company’s up all that they want but what it comes down to is what works best for you.

6. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

NOPE t mobile is almost as good as verizon now. Ive had both but the past 2 years I had tmobile and they have really inproved in the last 6 motnsh, The speeds are way faster and they penetrate buildings much better than before. Verizon and tmobile are very comparable today, but if you must put tmobile down in order for you to justify your more expensive bill, then do whatever helps you sleep

7. pego99

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

T mobiles footprint is much worse than verizon

8. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Yeah because you represent every Verizon and T-Mobile user...I can tell you that here in Arizona that T-Maybe is straight up garbage compared to the other 3. That’s not just my opinion, that also comes from people who work at T-Mobile and many cellular customers I’ve worked with. If shining their knob is what it takes to justify your claim, do whatever helps you sleep at night.

16. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

May be where you live but where I live it doesn't work. Plus Verizon has changed their plans. Very competitive now.i left and came back because of the coverage.

2. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

When an under-delivering company is outperforming you...

4. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

depends where you live....

9. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

it’s been relative garbage everywhere I’ve been. I won’t waste my money on it.

5. mrraider602

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

So what's the big deal about being first.. sprint was first with 4g and look how that turned out...

11. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

*Sprint was first with WiMAX and look how that turned out...

14. mrraider602

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

Well, it was their version of 4g anyway.. and I was a customer of theirs at the time. What a slow, buffering, painful time that was too!

10. yeayeayeaaa

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

I have tmobile, daily galaxy s8 user. Drove from Pittsburgh PA to Dallas TX recently for work and only had two-three spots of no service. Otherwise all strong 4GLTE. But since arriving in Dallas, Tmobile's achilles has been exposed more than ever: In Building coverage. My roommate has Verizon and his gf has AT&T, their in building coverage is significantly better than mine. Frustrating..

12. Gadgetex

Posts: 194; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

3G is supposed to stream videos with no hiccups and 4G LTE is supposed to be very fast. My 4G LTE on T-Mobile now is so slow that it can not even load a video or simple GIF even while sitting right under neath the T-Mobile Cell tower. Switch sim cards at same exact location any other location with Verizon Sim card and everything loads up and plays within seconds. What happened to T-Mobile with new throttling limitations and restrictions...?

13. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 179; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Oh please... You guys and your carrier wars. You guys say bigger footprint but unless you drive tractor trailers then you have no room to talk and even then they don't use phones while driving. Your not going to butt sex north Dakota and top of the mountain in North America so quit saying your something is better because of a coverage map.

17. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

Sorry coverage is important, especially when you can't make a call.

15. LiveFaith

Posts: 455; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

T-Mobile making fun of VZW is like a child poking a bear with a stick. T-Mobile has some decent urban deployment. But as far as network goes they are honestly a joke. Some people have a "any publicity is good publicity" viewpoint. I guess their guy is one of them.

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