In another Alaska telecommunications milestone, T-Mobile grew its 5G network with a partnership in that state. T-Mobile and GCI say the partnership enables T-Mobile customers with 5G smartphones to use the 5G network while roaming in Anchorage. The new partnership also gives GCI customers roaming access to T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network.
“The massive nationwide 5G network we’re building and expanding by the day – paired with important partnerships like this – extend our 5G leadership over the competition and deliver meaningful 5G experiences to our customers,” said Neville Ray, president of technology at T-Mobile.
GCI President/COO Greg Chapados says the two carriers have a long partnership, launching what they claim was the first LTE roaming partnership in 2014. They also teamed up to deliver voice over LTE.
GCI launched what it claims was Alaska’s first 5G service in Anchorage on April 17. GCI’s 5G buildout in Anchorage will serve as a model for GCI’s network modernization efforts as the company moves forward to expand the service across Alaska. Future GCI 5G expansion opportunities include Juneau, Fairbanks and other fiber-served communities.