T-Mobile 5G plans look to maintain pace with AT&T and Verizon
March 29, 2016
T-Mobile 5G plans are set for a boost as the carrier filed applications for experimental spectrum license usage around its Washington headquarters
T-Mobile US is moving on plans to begin testing of “5G” technologies, filing applications with the Federal Communications Commission to use experimental spectrum licenses in the 28 GHz and 39 GHz bands around its headquarters in Bellevue, Washington.
In the fillings, T-Mobile US said it’s looking to conduct “tests of 5G technology in the millimeter wave bands, which may play an important role in meeting the increasing demand for data-intensive applications.”
The tests are set at four locations, beginning with an indoor trial at the carrier’s test facility to “better understand the characteristics of millimeter wave transmissions for indoor 5G communications.” The carrier is also looking to tap the spectrum for a pair of outdoor tests to gain insight into signal propagation between buildings to help with network design. T-Mobile US said the outdoor tests will use fixed transmitters and mobile devices at a maximum range of 1.2 miles.