T-Mobile and Verizon battle over 5G
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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