T-Mobile’s 5G strategy
T-Mobile (TMUS) is planning to launch 5G (fifth-generation) in 30 cities by the end of 2018, using both 600 MHz (megahertz) and millimeter wave spectrum bands. This network will harness 4G (fourth-generation) and 5G bandwidths simultaneously for dual connectivity and will be ready for the first 5G smartphones in the first half of 2019. T-Mobile is aiming to launch a nationwide 5G network by 2020.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile is looking to merge with competitor Sprint (S). Together, the companies could pool their resources to rapidly launch a nationwide mobile 5G network. With Sprint’s 2.5 GHz (gigahertz) spectrum, T-Mobile’s 600 MHz spectrum, and other combined assets, the combined company is looking forward to creating the highest-capacity mobile network in the US.
Verizon’s 5G strategy
Verizon (VZ) is aiming to deploy 5G fixed wireless broadband services in at least four US residential markets in the second half of 2018. Verizon made this 5G launch pledge after it completed 5G pre-commercial trials in 11 US markets in 2017. Meanwhile, AT&T (T) is aiming to launch its mobile 5G services in a dozen cities across the US by the end of 2018.
Based on Statista research, 5G wireless subscriptions are projected to reach 545 million by 2022.