T-Mobile plans to expand 5G coverage to 100M people this year

The race for 5G coverage continues, as T-Mobile nearly doubles its reach.

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T-Mobile 5G network

T-Mobile's 5G and 4G LTE networks.

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T-Mobile has nearly doubled its midband 5G coverage area, and plans to offer 5G coverage to 100 million people by end of the year, the company said Wednesday. Following the expansion, T-Mobile midband 5G now reaches nearly 410 cities and towns across the country. The mobile carrier said areas with midband 2.5-gigahertz 5G are currently averaging downloads speeds of around 300 megabits per second, with peak download speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. 

"T-Mobile has more midband spectrum than anyone else ... We're the only ones building a transformational 5G network built on dedicated -- not shared -- airwaves," T-Mobile's president of technology, Neville Ray, said in a Wednesday release. 

The latest 5G coverage expansion follows the mobile carrier's major overhaul of its cord-cutter TVision service. Launched in April 2019, it was similar to cable television and required a dedicated box and carried a $90 starting price. The revamped TVision, available to T-Mobile subscribers starting Nov. 1 and to everyone else in 2021, runs on an app available on numerous TV and mobile devices, starts at $10 and doesn't need a box. 

T-Mobile said customers with capable 5G devices will immediately be able to use 5G when a tower gets upgraded in their area. For a full list of the latest cities added to T-Mobile's roster, you can check out the official announcement on the company's site.

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