In 2017, T-Mobile spent $7.99 billion to get 31MHz low-bandwidth spectrum for FCC auction bids. The 600MHz spectrum won by T-Mobile has been and remains important for its current plans. Low-band waves travel farther than medium and high-band waves and can even penetrate buildings better. Since getting this spectrum, T-Mobile has used it to improve his national 4G LTE network and is also part of his strategy to complete the first 5G coast-to-coast pipeline in the US.
If you’ve wondered why T-Mobile is so determined to buy Sprint, it’s essentially because of the last cache of the 2.5 GHz medium-range spectrum that T-Mobile wants. The latter hopes to use it to complete the first nationwide 5G network in the US for next year. The plan is to use the 600 MHz low band spectrum along with 2.5 GHz Sprint mid-band participations and the T-Mobile mmWave ultra-high band spectrum. T-Mobile has already successfully performed 5G data sessions at over 600 MHz.
FCC President Pai is not happy with Sprint’s alleged behavior with the subsidized Lifeline program
Speaking of the $ 26.2 billion merger of T-Mobile with Sprint, a Republican-controlled FCC Democrat is trying to delay the agency’s vote to approve the deal. Commissioner Geoffrey Sparks was quite upset after hearing that Sprint had requested payments for the Lifeline subsidized telephone service for 885,000 subscribers who apparently were not using the service. FCC president Ajit Pai has already stated that he would approve the merger after T-Mobile promised to cover 97% of the US (85% in rural areas) with 5G low band coverage no later than three years after the end of the merger. T-Mobile has also agreed to cover 75% of the country with 5G of average bandwidth during the same time period and has promised not to raise prices in those 36 months. The FCC cannot vote on the merger until the end of this month, but FCC president Pai’s new comments have questioned his previous support for the agreement.
“It’s outrageous that a company would claim millions of taxpayer dollars for doing nothing. This shows a careless disregard for program rules and American taxpayers.” – Pai
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has already accepted the merger after Sprint has agreed to sell its prepaid assets, including Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile to Dish Network. If the merger is approved, Dish will attempt to replace Sprint as the nation’s fourth-largest operator and receive an 800 MHz spectrum as part of its $ 5 billion transactions with Sprint. It has also agreed on a seven-year MVNO agreement with T-Mobile that will allow Dish to start selling wireless services while building its own independent 5G network. The transaction between Dish, Sprint and T-Mobile will not take place until the T-Mobile-Sprint merger closes. And this may have to wait until a lawsuit filed by 17 attorneys general trying to block the deal ends. This process does not begin until December 9th.
Meanwhile, until the launch of its 5G network nationwide, T-Mobile continues to use the 600MHz spectrum to improve the speed of data on its 4G LTE network. In order for customers to take advantage of the improvements offered by these low bandwidth waves, they must have a phone that supports this frequency. T-Mobile released a video this morning that reveals what the wireless service provider calls its five main phones with 600 MHz support.
The video, presented by the animated director of the company’s creative content, Desmond Smith, lists the following phone:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (with 600MHz 4G LTE + mmW 5G support)
- OnePlus 7 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+
- LG G8 ThinQ
The new Apple iPhone models, the three compatibles with the T-Mobile 600MHz spectrum, are excluded from the list.
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