T-Mobile's 'Ultra Capacity' 5G Now Covers 200 Million People

T-Mobile today announced that its high-speed "Ultra Capacity 5G" is now available to 200 million people across the United States, with the carrier hitting the milestone weeks ahead of schedule.

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Ultra Capacity 5G is T-Mobile's higher-speed 5G network that's faster than the Extended Range 5G network that covers 308 million T-Mobile customers. While Extended Range 5G offers LTE-like speeds, Ultra Capacity 5G is more capable.

T-Mobile initially planned to cover 200 million people by the end of 2021, and has met that goal early. As noted by The Verge, this is a theoretical maximum based on the coverage that T-Mobile offers. In reality, T-Mobile has just over 100 million subscribers, not all of whom will be able to access the 5G speeds due to location or device limitations.

T-Mobile's Ultra Capacity 5G largely relies on mid-band 2.5GHz spectrum rather than the mmWave 5G spectrum used by other carriers like AT&T and Verizon. As T-Mobile explains in the press release announcing the coverage, the company aimed for mid-band spectrum to bring 5G speeds to the maximum number of people, and T-Mobile has been rolling out the 2.5GHz spectrum since it acquired Sprint.

Faster mmWave 5G speeds from AT&T and Verizon are largely limited to select areas in major cities, though both carriers have slower sub-6GHz 5G coverage available as well. AT&T and Verizon were planning on rolling out mid-band spectrum starting this year, but their plans have been delayed due to the FAA's concerns about aircraft interference.

T-Mobile's focus on mid-band spectrum is the reason why T-Mobile was the fastest 5G carrier in the United States in PCMag's annual test. T-Mobile's wider coverage allowed the carrier to achieve the highest average speeds of 162.3Mb/s, beating out AT&T and Verizon. Verizon had the fastest speeds overall, but its coverage was much more limited due to the current lack of mid-band spectrum and the limited availability of its mmWave speeds.

Top Rated Comments

colbertnation Avatar
3 weeks ago
On iPhone 13 Pro, and the latency (is that the correct word for the time it takes for the Internet connection to be established?) I have with T-Mobile 5G/5G UC is insane.

It takes several seconds to start an internet connection it seems. A simple Google search or Weather app update can take several seconds for data to be received/refreshed. Once it has connected, it's fast. But very unstable... what's the point when I have to force it to go into LTE for a slower but at least stable connection?

(and yes, tried resetting, calling T-mobile, turning off/on, etc.)
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chrjy Avatar
3 weeks ago
I always see these type of figures from networks ever since 3G rolled out so how come I rarely see this milestone no matter where I go? And if I do come across it, it's like 1 bar and so I have to try and find myself the lower version which is 4-5 bars and way quicker! It's been the same with 3G, 4G and now 5G.....:rolleyes:
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tigres Avatar
3 weeks ago
Been overly impressed with T-Mobile for years now. In SW Florida I consistently get >400 Mps down, faster than my home wifi. 175 for 4 lines and all in with free this and that, how can one complain.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Acidsplat Avatar
3 weeks ago
I switched from T-Mobile to Verizon because the coverage in West Hollywood was so garbage
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayducharme Avatar
3 weeks ago
Ultra Capacity 5G is T-Mobile's higher-speed 5G network that's faster than the Extended Range 5G network that covers 308 million T-Mobile customers.
I'm confused. The US supposedly has about 350 million people. How can T-Mobile have 308 million customers? Or is that just worded strangely? The article goes on to say that in actuality T-Mobile has closer to 100 million customers.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BornAgainMac Avatar
3 weeks ago
Was there any truth about 5G not being safe? Heard about it a few years ago but I have heard nothing and my area is full of 5G gamma rays.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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