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

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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12 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 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

3. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I got unlimited, can't wait.

4. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

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

11. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

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

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

13. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

5. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

6. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 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.

8. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Either way.

7. darealist

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 25, 2015

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

9. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

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

10. intentionally_left_blank

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

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

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