T-Mobile officially unleashes full 5G potential… on two phones in one major city
by Adrian Diaconescu
It’s only been a little over a month since T-Mobile officially announced the completion of its April 2018-initiated Sprint merger, and although the two brands are still not set to become one for marketing purposes for another few months, the nation’s leading “Un-carrier” is already making great progress towards unlocking the full nationwide potential of 5G.
Some of that progress simply wouldn’t be possible without Sprint’s mid-band 2.5GHz spectrum, which comes together with T-Mo’s existing low-band 600 MHz
and high-band mmWave technology to fulfill the so-called “three-layer” vision.
Also known as the “full layer cake”, this strategy is widely considered the wisest, most thorough 5G rollout plan for the long run
, as T-Mobile eventually expects to blanket the entire country with a 5G signal that travels both far and fast. Of course, industry analysts believe this master plan could take several years to be properly executed and implemented across the nation, although the beginning is certainly promising.
That means if you use one of those two 5G-enabled mobile powerhouses on Magenta, you should theoretically be able to tap into low-band 5G, mid-band 5G, and mmWave 5G airwaves in NY right now. Simpler put, significantly higher download speeds should be available in more places than before with the addition of mid-band 2.5GHz support in New York.
This rollout actually follows in the footsteps of T-Mo’s mid-band 5G deployment in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago
, but customers in Philly were technically not served the full layer cake as the mmWave layer is still absent from many such major cities.