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T-Mobile Says 5G Network On Deck for 2020

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wecivus

Nov 16, 2017, 5:06 PM
i cant even get a decent 3G or 4G LTE signal in my local grocery store! I dont live in a very rural area either. Suburbs of ATL. Why cant they finish LTE first? i would MUCH rather be able to do basic search or make a phone call/text everywhere before i need the ability to download a 4K movie in 4 seconds to my mobile. i realize there are good uses for 5G, but i think the majority (99%) of users would prefer a better 4G network over 5G. Please put more capex into building macro/small cells before 5G!
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crood

Nov 17, 2017, 9:23 AM
Every provider has weak/dead zones and probably always will. It's just an inherent problem with technology that depends on line of sight and signals not being able to penetrate certain materials. There's also costs involved if towers are full and that gets balanced against the number of customers who would actually benefit. Not all carriers are suitable for all situations.

Deploying on 600Mhz will improve building penetration and if they are investing in a whole new deployment, it makes sense to go with the latest and greatest to avoid the double cost of having to go back and start all over later. Also, as very few phones support the new band, you probably wouldn't get anything out of LTE on it anyway.
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