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T-Mobile–Sprint Merger: Highlighting the 5G Opportunity


Dec. 4 2020, Updated 10:53 a.m. ET

5G technology

Recently, 5G (fifth-generation) technology is generating some buzz in the media and telecommunications space. The 5G wireless network has the potential to significantly reduce latency, improve network reliability, and boost download and upload speeds. According to research by Statista, 5G wireless subscriptions are projected to reach 545.0 million by 2022.

T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S) believe that a combination of the two companies could put them in the position to rapidly launch a nationwide 5G network in the US. They have planned an investment up to $40.0 billion in the business over the next three years. With T-Mobile’s 600 MHz spectrum, Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum, and other combined assets, the combined entity is looking forward to creating the highest-capacity mobile network in the US.

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Verizon eyeing up to five markets for 5G

Verizon (VZ) expects to launch 5G fixed wireless broadband services in up to five US residential markets in 2H18. The mobile carrier made this 5G rollout pledge after it completed 5G trials in 11 US markets last year. 

Sacramento, California, is expected to be the first of the targeted markets to obtain Verizon’s fixed 5G services for super-fast download speeds on wireless networks. AT&T (T) is working to launch its mobile 5G services in a dozen cities across the US by late 2018.

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