T-Mobile touts “nationwide 5G” that fails to cover 130 million Americans

T-Mobile touts “nationwide 5G” that fails to cover 130 million Americans
Enlarge / T-Cell’s 5G protection map.


T-Cell at this time introduced that it has launched “America’s first nationwide 5G community,” however T-Cell’s definition of “nationwide” would not embody about 40% of the US inhabitants.

“America will get its first nationwide 5G community at this time, overlaying greater than 200 million folks and greater than 1 million sq. miles,” T-Cell’s announcement stated.

The US Census Bureau estimates the inhabitants to be greater than 330 million folks. T-Cell hasn’t really forgotten in regards to the different 130 million folks within the US, as a sentence midway via the service’s press launch notes that “T-Cell’s community covers greater than 60 p.c of the inhabitants.” At 1 million sq. miles, the service’s 5G community additionally covers about 28% of the nation’s three.53 million sq. miles, and it’s miles wanting the geographical attain already offered by T-Cell’s 4G community.

We requested T-Cell to clarify why it defines “nationwide” as “60 p.c of the inhabitants.” T-Cell didn’t reply that query.

T-Cell’s 4G LTE community covers greater than 325 million folks.

US protection map is generally 4G

T-Cell stated its 5G community at this time reaches “greater than 5,000 cities and cities all throughout the nation,” and the corporate printed a listing of these locations. There are 19,495 integrated locations within the US.

Regardless of its precise protection, T-Cell’s announcement makes use of the phrase “nationwide” to explain the present attain of its 5G community a dozen instances whereas admitting that “protection [is] not out there in some areas.” Within the protection map offered by T-Cell, which is on the prime of this text, you may see that the 5G areas displayed in a darker shade of pink do not embody big parts of the nation lined by T-Cell 4G. Alaska is excluded totally.

T-Cell CEO John Legere today posted a tweet asserting the “first nationwide 5G” community and a video through which he says that “nationwide 5G is stay.” However Legere didn’t specify within the tweet or video that the nationwide 5G excludes 40% of the US inhabitants.

The 5G service T-Cell introduced at this time is not a lot sooner than T-Cell’s 4G service. That is as a result of the “nationwide” 5G overlaying 60% of the inhabitants makes use of the identical 600MHz spectrum that T-Cell already makes use of for 4G. The large pace will increase on 5G are anticipated to return from millimeter-wave spectrum, however these larger frequencies do not journey as far and are getting used primarily in densely populated city areas.

AT&T acknowledged final month that its 5G service on low-band spectrum gives solely 4G-like speeds this yr, with precise pace will increase coming subsequent yr. Verizon has stated that 5G on low-band spectrum might be extra like “good 4G,” and T-Cell stated in April that millimeter-wave 5G “won’t ever materially scale past small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense city environments.”

Replace at three:28pm ET: T-Cell despatched us one other reply after this text printed, saying that “‘nationwide’ for wi-fi networks is outlined by the Nationwide Promoting Division as overlaying 200 million folks.” We have been capable of verify this in a November 2014 Nationwide Promoting Division (NAD) assertion that “On the whole, a wi-fi community can declare to be nationwide or coast to coast if the supplier gives service in various areas of the nation and the community covers not less than 200 million folks.” The NAD’s 2014 assertion stated it got here up with this commonplace 10 years beforehand, or in 2004—when the US inhabitants was 293.7 million as a substitute of the present 330 million. Since the usual apparently hasn’t been up to date to replicate at this time’s larger inhabitants, it is now a lot simpler for carriers to assert they’re nationwide with out violating the Nationwide Promoting Division commonplace. The NAD is the advert business’s self-regulatory physique.


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