Building Towards 5G Every Damn Day
The carriers present 5G as some kind of research project that will emerge fully-formed from the lab at some point in the future. That’s utter BS. 5G is something we are building now. At T-Mobile, each and every new technology we roll out is building toward the future—toward 5G. Great 5G wireless will be anchored in and live alongside an amazingly advanced LTE network. And that is exactly where we’re focused. And, what a rock solid, ass-kicking foundation for 5G we are building at the Un-carrier.
We’ve built our network – and our entire network team – to advance faster than the carriers. T-Mobile is a mobile internet company, and our network is moving faster onto the same IP tech that runs the internet. Which means our network advances at internet speed.
That’s how we went from ZERO to covering nearly 312 million people with T-Mobile LTE in just about three years—all while remaining America’s Fastest 4G LTE network according to OpenSignal, Ookla and the FCC. That’s why nearly every meaningful network technology over the last three plus years has been available to Un-carrier customers first. And that’s why we continue to lead with the nation’s densest network and, most recently,three-carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO and 265 QAM.
Meanwhile, the carriers are mired in their telecom utility legacy, tangled in outdated tech and land lines, and buried under layer upon layer of bureaucratic BS and Old Economy thinking.
And, of course, we’re already doing all the same basic things for 5G they are. (We just spend our time doing. They spend their time talking about doing.) We’re already working with standards bodies, with the FCC on spectrum, with DT to tap into their global expertise and with Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung on early trials. In fact, today, I shared some of those early trial results. They’re impressive! We’ve already demonstrated speeds up 12 Gbps with latency under 2 milliseconds, 8x8 MIMO and four simultaneous 4k video streams.
No doubt about it. 5G will be amazing. And, we are all working with the same tools to get there. But, here’s the thing – it’s not about the tools. It’s about how you use them. What’s going to set 5G networks apart is how we put that amazing technology to work for our customers. That is what’s always set the Un-carrier apart.
When the carriers look at 5G, they see another opportunity to line their pockets. We look at 5G and see another opportunity to unleash customers. So, we’ll keep going faster, growing faster and advancing faster into the future. Like John always says – we won’t stop!