5G Rollout

mecharabo

    Ive heard that 5G is being rolled out by verizon in sacramento area...when will you be here T-Mobile! Also, why no 600Mhz here yet

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      • drnewcomb2

        Re: 5G Rollout

        What Verizon is doing is deploying 5G ISP service on super-high-band. The frequencies are so high that signals won't pass through something like a window pane of even a piece of paper. They have to permanently mount one of their "5G" receivers outside your house or apartment and put the WiFi part inside. There are no Verizon "5G" phones.

         

        T-Mobile has no intention of following this route. They are waiting for 5G phones and portable hotspots to become available at which time they will turn on their pre-installed 5G capabilities. For some time T-Mobile has been installing equipment that can be software-upgraded to 5G, once the standards are finalized.

         

        The San Francisco-Sacramento marker has several OTA TV stations that are not scheduled to clear their frequencies until the end of Phase 9. (May 2020)

         

          • syaoran

            Re: 5G Rollout

            There are actually two 5G phones.  Verizon has the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and Sprint has the LG V50 5G.

             

            The point about jow Verizon's 5G works though is correct.  You literally have to be within 30 feet of Verizon's 5G transmitters to get service.  They are not designed for people to be on the move and maintain a 5G connection where T-Mobile and Sprint have deaigned their 5G rollout to work the same as current cellular deployments do.  Whether you are stationary or on the go, you can remain connected to 5G across the entire area where it is deployed.

             

            When it comes to 5G speeds, Verizon has the faster speeds (1Gbit) but the trade off is standing still under one of their transmitters.  At about half the speed (500Mbit's per second) with T-Mobile and Sprint, you can maintain that speed while traveling across an an area.

              • drnewcomb2

                Re: 5G Rollout

                syaoran wrote:

                 

                .....Verizon has the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G ....

                 

                Yeah I see that now. It was released a couple of months ago. Is it true that it's only 5G on mmWave? Like if you're not within a few meters of the base station, or there's a piece of cloth or foliage between the phone an the base station, there's no 5G signal?

                  • syaoran

                    Re: 5G Rollout

                    Yep!  It isn't designed for coverage, but for speed.  So there are essentially fast hotspots that you have to be very close to.  Verizon would have to place them in volume over every 10 or so meters to make it practical for what we know and expect from cellular service today. 

              • tmo_mike_c

                Re: 5G Rollout

                For more information about our 5G vision, please check out that link. We'll be keeping folks updated as we roll it out and continue to improve our coverage.