T-Mobile CEO rips into Verizon’s 5G network

T-Cellular says its 5G community is larger than these of Verizon and AT&T mixed.

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T-Mobile has launched yet another ad campaign blasting Verizon’s 5G network protection, telling the rival service that the “reality hurts.” T-Mobile mentioned Wednesday that clients can solely connect with Verizon’s 5G community 0.4% of the time as a result of it is solely stay in sure components of some cities.

Odds are you can’t get Verizon 5G, however take a look at the brilliant aspect — you may play connect-the-dots on their ‘protection’ map,” T-Cellular CEO Mike Sievert tweeted.

T-Cellular mentioned in the meantime, it is constructing out 5G throughout the US and utilizing a number of spectrum bands to take action. “It is paying off for our clients who now have entry to a 5G community that is greater than AT&T and Verizon mixed,” T-Cellular mentioned.

Verizon has launched its 5G network in 35 cities throughout the US — nevertheless it’s only available in certain parts of those cities. T-Mobile says its 5G network reaches almost 250 million people. Final month, AT&T mentioned its 5G network covers 205 million people.

You may take a look at T-Mobile’s 5G coverage maps hereAT&T’s 5G maps here and Verizon’s 5G coverage map here.

Learn extra: Verizon vs. AT&T vs. T-Mobile compared: How to pick the best 5G carrier for you

The three carriers are utilizing totally different radio waves for his or her 5G networks: Verizon makes use of high-band millimeter-wave 5G spectrum, which is proscribed to traveling short distances and being blocked by strong obstacles like buildings and timber, whereas AT&T makes use of 850MHz spectrum for its low-band 5G community. AT&T may even be using a brand new expertise referred to as Dynamic Spectrum Sharing to share its 4G airwaves with 5G and improve performance this summer time.

T-Cellular additionally makes use of low-band 600MHz spectrum — which has better range but slower speeds — however is now additionally integrating Dash’s midband 2.5GHz spectrum for the reason that service’s $26.5 billion merger with Sprint went by way of in April.

This is not T-Mobile’s first anti-Verizon 5G ad campaign; in February, it began calling its rival service “Verwhyzon” and asking why Verizon’s 5G is just accessible in restricted areas. This got here after its VerHideZon advert marketing campaign final 12 months, which ripped into Verizon’s lack of transparency over where its 5G networks have been stay. T-Cellular referred to as its beforehand marketing campaign profitable, crediting it with Verizon finally publishing 5G availability maps in November 2019.

Verizon did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

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Corinne Reichert