T-Mobile today announced its plans for a “real, nationwide, mobile 5G network” in response to a 5G-related announcement that AT&T made several days ago. What AT&T calls 5G Evolution is not the next-generation 5G network that’s going to change the way we experience mobile data. It’s basically a rebranded version of its 4G service. AT&T has taken a lot of flak for this, predictably, and now T-Mobile is cashing in on that by announcing its plans for a proper nationwide next-generation 5G network.

T-Mobile says that in the first step, it’s going to dedicate part of the new 600 MHz spectrum that it just won to LTE and part of it to the nationwide 5G network. Aside from the 600 MHz band, T-Mobile also has 200 Mhz of spectrum in the 28/29 GHz bands that covers almost 100 million people across the country.

This impressive volume of mid-band spectrum will also help in deploying the 5G network. T-Mobile thus claims that this is what will enable it to offer a 5G network that provides both breadth and depth nationwide. The carrier expects its 5G network to be 3GPP certified which will allow it to deply 5G on clean spectrum without any refarming dependency.

This means T-Mobile will be able to light up the 5G network and roll it out quickly. It expects to flip the switch on its nationwide 5G network in 2019 and is targeting a nationwide roll out for 2020.

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