Following up on its recent success in the FCC’s incentive auction where it posted winning bids of nearly $8 billion for 1,525 licenses covering 414 of the nation’s 428 partial economic areas, T-Mobile US confirmed this week that it will use its newly-acquired spectrum resources in fulfilling the company’s goal of launching a national fifth-generation (5G) wireless broadband network by 2020.
Although rivals AT&T and Verizon have already begun tests of 5G technology and have confirmed plans to roll out fixed or mobile 5G services in selected markets next year, T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said his company’s plan is the first that commits to mobile 5G network services on a nationwide scale. In a blog post Tuesday, Ray confirmed that T-Mobile—the top bidder in the forward phase of the incentive auction—will combine the 600 MHz band spectrum it won with its previously-licensed millimeter wave spectrum assets in the 28/39 GHz band in developing the nationwide 5G network. Noting that T-Mobile also holds rights to “an impressive volume of mid-band spectrum to deploy 5G as well,” Ray declared, “this positions T-Mobile to deliver a 5G network that offers both breadth and depth nationwide.”
As part of its nationwide 5G deployment, which is slated to commence in 2019 with a target completion date of 2020, T-Mobile also intends to “enable high-bandwidth and massive throughput in urban areas using a combination of midband and millimeter wave spectrum.” T-Mobile also affirmed in a press release that it will deploy 5G network capacity quickly “as 5G standards are defined, chipsets are delivered, and equipment comes to the market.” Emphasizing that nationwide mobile 5G service “will require both high-band and broad low-band coverage,” Ray proclaimed: “T-Mobile is in an ideal position to deliver.”