T-Mobile is expanding its 5G capacity as it begins to integrate the spectrum it acquired from Sprint. The 2.5 GHz spectrum T-Mobile gained in the merger is the critical mid-band piece in its multi-band 5G spectrum strategy. It allows the carrier to add depth to its nationwide 5G network, increase capacity and boost speeds.
T-Mobile is initially deploying 2.5 GHz 5G in Philadelphia, boosting speeds for customers with some of the latest smartphones to peaks nearing 600 Mbps. New York City is next.
T-Mobile is also expanding its 5G network in Detroit, St. Louis and Columbus, OH. The company’s low-band 600 MHz spectrum is the foundation for its 5G network, covering more ground and bringing 5G deeper into buildings.
Sprint customers with the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G smartphone will have access to T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network starting later this month. The network covers one million square miles. Much of that is in rural America. Also, Sprint customers with compatible LTE phones can now roam on T-Mobile’s LTE network.
Today there are six different 5G smartphones that can access T-Mobile’s 5G network. It will add the OnePlus 8 5G to that list April 29, with more devices expected this year.