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T-Mobile announced on Monday that its “Ultra Capacity” 5G network covers more than 200 million people in the U.S., a goal the company originally planned to achieve by the end of 2021.
Named by the company as “faster than Wi-Fi 5G,” the Ultra Capacity 5G is built on a mid-range 2.5 GHz and offers users with compatible phones much higher data connectivity speeds than those offered by 4G LTE.
T-Mobile adds that its 5G extended-range network, which relies on low-bandwidth to provide more robust but relatively slower connectivity options than the Ultra Capacity 5G, now covers 308 million people on 1.7 million square miles.
As he noticed The Verge, T-Mobile’s coverage statistics are theoretical, as the company reported a number of subscribers of just over 100 million at the end of 2020.
Still, the introduction is impressive given that the results of a recent Opensignal study found that T-Mobile’s 5G network is the fastest and most widely available in the US. Part of that availability is the industry focus on implementing medium-range and mmWave high-speed technologies in urban centers and metropolitan areas.
Competitors Verizon and AT&T are working to bring their 5G networks to the nationwide network, but progress is slow. Both companies have turned to mmWave as the backbone for their fast 5G networks, a technology that requires more resources to deploy than networks below 6 GHz. Verizon and AT&T struck a blow this month when they agreed to delay the introduction of the C-band spectrum, a mid-range flavor, when the Federal Aviation Administration determined that the use of the band could interfere with aircraft communication.
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