T-Mobile details 5G rollout plans

T-Mobile details 5G rollout plans

Carriers in the United States are racing to rollout the next-gen 5G networks to its customers. Unfortunately, T-Mobile has revealed that it is pushing back its timetable for when its 5G network will be available to certain customers.

T-Mobile's Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said in an interview at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that the company will be pushing back its full rollout of 5G until the second half of 2019. The reason for this is dependent on customers being able to buy a phone capable of handling 5G.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be a limited exclusive to Verizon at first because the device is using super-high-frequency bands that match better with Verizon's 5G network (28 and 39 GHz). T-Mobile is mostly using the 600MHz band for its 5G so the areas where the Galaxy S10 5G would work on T-Mobile's 5G network will be limited.

T-Mobile confirmed it would still roll out 5G in the first half of 2019 in areas where it is using the super-high-frequency bands, but areas set to be covered by the 600MHz band won't see service until the second half of the year. The company promised that 30 cities will see 5G this year, and its unclear which device will handle T-Mobile's network best at this time.

source - CNET

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