T-Mobile is bringing 5G to its Metro prepaid service. T-Mobile announced earlier this year that it will build out its 5G network in 30 cities. Now the company has promised 5G service offerings for its rebranded MetroPCS sometime in 2019.
T-Mobile made the T-Mobile at Grand Central Terminal in New York in an effort to bring the budget prepaid service closer to its parent company.
“When we talk about 5G for all, it’s not just nationwide 5G service, but it’s all shades of T-Mobile, magenta and purple,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer at T-Mobile.
5G has all wireless tech capabilities for which carriers are waiting. It has the potential to power self-driving cars, phones etc. once deployed, it will also support the internet of things too and enhance users’ experience with broader deployment next year.
T-Mobile continues to work with Sprint under their strategic partnership that was prepared to use Sprint’s mid-band 2.5GHz spectrum for a stronger 5G network. Nokia and T-Mobile have also signed a $3.5 billion deal in July. As a part of this deal, Nokia will help T-Mobile to build high range, lower-frequency 600 MHz and 28 GHz millimeter wave spectrum for its 5G service.
“Today, a new chapter begins,” comments Josh Curry, vice president of marketing for Metro, at the event.
Currently, Metro is limited to 480p video streaming in its unlimited data plan that costs as little as $50, as well as 15GB of LTE hotspot data per month. The upcoming 5G is expected to change those figures.