T-Mobile 5G reaches 300 million people covered six months ahead of schedule

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What you need to know

  • T-Mobile's Extended Range 5G covers 300M people six months ahead of schedule.
  • Ultra Capacity 5G covers 150M with 200M expected by the end of 2021.
  • T-Mobile's 5G coverage is nearly 2x more than that of AT&T and 4x more than Verizon.

T-Mobile has announced (opens in new tab) that its 5G network now covers 300M people and further widens its lead in 5G coverage. The majority of this coverage uses T-Mobile's Extended Range 5G made up of its band n71 low-band spectrum. This spectrum is well-suited to cover large areas but lacks the capacity to stand up to an urban or suburban load.

Extended Range 5G has made it possible for T-Mobile to bring 5G to rural areas and forms the backbone of its 5G network. T-Mobile's Extended range network covers 1.6 million square miles which is nearly double what AT&T has and four times Verizon's coverage.

CEO of T-Mobile Mike Sievert said:

Last year, when we said we'd cover 300 million people with 5G by the end of 2021, people thought we were crazy. Now, we've blown by that goal SIX MONTHS ahead of schedule, and we won't stop building the nation's largest, fastest and most reliable 5G network

5G coverage comparison 06-23-21

Source: T-Mobile Coverage as of June 23, 2021 (Image credit: Source: T-Mobile)

For areas that need more capacity, T-Mobile's Ultra Capacity 5G spectrum uses the 2.5GHz spectrum acquired from Sprint as well as millimeter wave spectrum. This will also include c-band spectrum when it becomes available later in the year. This network is faster with average speeds of 325Mbps and peaks of 1Gbps. The Ultra Capacity 5G network now covers 150 million people and is rapidly expanding. T-Mobile expects to cover 200 million with this network by the end of 2021.

Earlier in June, T-Mobile showed off results (opens in new tab) from Ookla that confirmed T-Mobile's 5G network covers 92% of interstates making the network an ideal companion for a road trip. AT&T by comparison covers 68% and Verizon covers 51%. This is helped with T-Mobile's 5G-focused plans that give everyone with a 5G phone full access to the 5G network. This is one of the reasons T-Mobile has some of the best cell phone plans you can get.

Samuel Contreras

When Samuel is not writing about networking or 5G at Android Central, he spends most of his time researching computer components and obsessing over what CPU goes into the ultimate Windows 98 computer. It's the Pentium 3.

  • Even though I have 5G where I live, I still leave my phone on LTE most of the time as it seems to give me better battery life. This is all observational because I have not done any real tests. However, I do agree that "for me" T-Mobile certainly does have the best plan I can get!
  • This will only be resolved when the 5G network reaches every tower. With extended range, your phone might try to connect to a 5G tower further away or may be constantly switching from LTE to 5G in the background. I'm also a big fan of your movies Mr. Kubrick.
  • I just got a tablet with 5g and am pretty impressed with TMO. I am getting about 340 Meg at home and 150 at work. I haven't seen much LTE vs 5g hunting at all. They have a big advantage with the amount of mid band spectrum they own vs the others.
  • I'm still on the fence about 5G. my carrier sells 5G phones for my area, yet 5G Home still isn't available.