Combined T-Mobile-Sprint seeks to offer fixed-wireless 5G to 90% of US by 2024

21 Jun 2018

T-Mobile US has filed a Public Interest Statement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding its planned merger with Sprint, and in doing so has mapped out the enlarged operator’s future 5G plans. In a post on the company’s official blog, CEO John Legere noted: ‘At full deployment the New T-Mobile will deliver fibre-like speeds. I’m talking about average speeds at a blazing 444Mbps, covering about two-thirds of the country, with jaw-dropping peak speeds up to 4.1Gbps.’

Reflecting on plans to offer both ‘in-home’ and mobile 5G, he added: ‘The combined company’s 5G network will deliver mobile broadband speeds in excess of 100Mbps to roughly two-thirds of the population in just a few years and 90% of the country by 2024 … In fact, I plan for the New T-Mobile to be the country’s fourth largest in-home ISP by 2024.’

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, T-Mobile and Sprint entered into a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock transaction in April 2018. They seek to create a company which will be 41.7% owned by T-Mobile’s parent Deutsche Telekom (DT, which would have overall control) and 27.4% owned by Sprint parent SoftBank Group Corp, with the remaining 30.9% in free float.

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