T-Mobile plans to expand 5G coverage to 100M people this year

T-Mobile 5G network

T-Mobile’s 5G and 4G LTE networks.

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T-Mobile has nearly doubled its midband 5G coverage area, and plans to cover 100 million people by end of the year, the company said Wednesday. Following the expansion, T-Mobile midband 5G now reaches nearly 410 cities and towns across the country. The mobile carrier said areas with midband 2.5-gigahertz 5G are currently averaging downloads speeds of around 300 megabits per second, with peak download speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. 

“T-Mobile has more midband spectrum than anyone else … We’re the only ones building a transformational 5G network built on dedicated — not shared — airwaves,” T-Mobile’s president of technology, Neville Ray, said in a Wednesday release. 

The latest 5G coverage expansion follows the mobile carrier’s major overhaul of its cord-cutter TVision service. Launched in April 2019, it was similar to cable television and required a dedicated box and carried a $90 starting price. The revamped TVision, available to T-Mobile subscribers starting Nov. 1 and to everyone else in 2021, runs on an app available on numerous TV and mobile devices, starts at $10 and doesn’t need a box. 

T-Mobile said customers with capable 5G devices will immediately be able to use 5G when a tower gets upgraded in their area. For a full list of the latest cities added to T-Mobile’s roster, you can check out the official announcement on the company’s site.

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