When Sprint announced and began launching their True Mobile 5G service in major metropolitan areas across the country last summer, it was around the same time that the former major wireless network was in talks and negotiations regarding a merger with another major wireless provider, T-Mobile.
The merger recently was finalized in February of 2020 when DISH Network stepped up to the plate and expressed interest in becoming the fourth major wireless provider for the nation. Though skeptics all around question the validity of DISH’s ability to make this happen, the satellite television provider’s step into the wireless world gave the FCC the assurance that the wireless market would still be competitive and therefore less susceptible to trust-forming, which therefore gave them confidence that allowing Sprint & T-Mobile to merge would not negatively affect the market or the customers.
Now that Sprint and T-Mobile have officially merged, their 5G network is much bigger and even better than ever before – 30% larger, to be exact. In fact, to give even more detail, the network that was once called True Mobile 5G under Sprint’s standalone name has now expanded to reach over 250 million American customers in more than 7,500 cities and towns throughout the nation. In areas where 5G is not yet available, T-Mobile’s reliable 4G LTE home wireless network is prepared to tackle its customers’ broadband needs while they work to continually bring 5G to more and more communities.
How Does T-Mobile & Sprint’s Network Stand Up To The Competition?
In terms of using already-available resources, T-Mobile and Sprint made a smart decision when they chose to team up and combine their networks to create one huge powerhouse. Now, they have increased their capacity and will continue to do so until they’re able to increase it by 14x what it is today. Additionally, the network speeds are faster than the competition currently, but this will raise to 5x faster than current LTE speeds in a few years and up to 15x faster within the next 6 years.
Next to Verizon who has very little range in terms of both 5G and 4G LTE services offered, T-Mobile and Sprint’s combined networks have an unbeatable of coverage areas.
As of the fall of 2019, the major areas covered by True Mobile 5G included Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. Speed tests conducted in these areas after True Mobile 5G service was announced showed that customers were experiencing speeds that were much faster than what they previously been using. To be more specific, the initial results showed the 5G had given users an increase up to 6x the average download speeds from standard LTE services.
This shortly after expanded into even more regions within the major cities that saw the initial launch of 5G, including other boroughs of New York City and parts of New Jersey, and more neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Maryland, and even into Virginia.
During this major rollout, Sprint CTO Dr. John Saw had said “It’s exciting to expand our footprint and see customers experience True Mobile 5G for the very first time in some of the biggest cities in the U.S. We’ve been working hard to increase 5G coverage inside our nine cities and build a showcase experience for our customers, but this is just the start, showing the power of what we can achieve with T-Mobile. Together we’ll build a better, faster, nationwide mobile 5G network that unleashes this performance across the entire country to benefit all U.S. businesses and consumers.”
How Did The Merger Help Even More With Improving and Expanding True Mobile 5G Services?
At the time when Sprint was rolling out their True Mobile 5G network, they were still very much interested in a merger with T-Mobile and were advocating for the move to be made. The reason for this was that so Sprint could combine their cutting-edge 5G technology with T-Mobile’s equally extensive network to bring better services and faster speeds to more of the nation, especially rural and remote areas that are often left without many viable options for reliable internet.
Essentially, Sprint needed and wanted the resources that T-Mobile had to offer in order to continue expanding their network and fulfilling the hopes for its company. Additionally, even though the FCC still ruled later on that a replacement was needed for Sprint in the market so that the industry wouldn’t be prone to trusts, Sprint believed that combining its efforts with that of T-Mobile would create much more competition in the wireless market and foster economic growth by creating even more jobs that the company would need post-merger.