T-Mobile US and GCI have announced a partnership which will allow T-Mobile customers with 5G smartphones to access 5G connectivity while roaming in Anchorage, Alaska – making T-Mobile the first and only wireless provider to offer 5G coverage in all 50 US states. The new partnership also gives GCI customers roaming access to T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network, which covers more than one million square miles and nearly 6,000 cities and towns.
TeleGeography notes that GCI launched Alaska’s first 5G service in Anchorage on 17 April 2020. The telco notes that future 5G ‘expansion opportunities’ include Juneau, Fairbanks and other fibre-served communities.
GCI President and COO Greg Chapados commented: ‘GCI and T-Mobile have a long history of “firsts” together. GCI and T-Mobile launched the nation’s first LTE roaming partnership in 2014 and were the first providers to partner together to deliver VoLTE service.’