Not that its competitors are sitting on their thumbs regarding 5G implementation, but T-Mobile is definitely completely serious about fifth generation mobile networks. The first 5G standardization phase is expected to be complete by June of 2018, and in the meantime, carriers are making plans regarding initial 5G deployment. As T-Mobile is one of the more proactive ones regarding 5G, it’s no surprise that the company recently met with the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to discuss the 5G spectrum and general use cases.
The meeting was naturally initiated by T-Mobile whose representatives visited the FCC to give a presentation on what they believe the first 5G use cases will or should be. More specifically, T-Mobile believes that the wireless communications standards of the very near future will be beneficial to both urban and suburban areas as the new tech should allow for a very efficient filling of the existing holes in carrier coverage. In addition to that, the company stated that it’s a certainty that 5G will directly benefit other new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT). As for implementation itself, T-Mobile believes that FCC should grant 10-year licenses to carriers which will give them enough time to make the necessary investments for 5G without fearing their money will go to waste. Naturally, one of the largest carriers in the US advocates licenses which are universal in length as it believes that is the best option for creating a competitive business environment. Last but not least, the company also proposed that 37 and 39 GHz bands are combined in order to form a 3 GHz licensed block and suggested that the FCC drops any potential hybrid regulations for the 37 GHz band as it believes those would hinder both carriers and customers in a multitude of ways.
If you’re interested in checking out this T-Mobile presentation in its entirety, you can do so by following the source link below. Regardless of whether the FCC responds to these suggestions in a positive manner or doesn’t, T-Mobile is currently making plans to start testing 5G speeds on their wireless network in the second half of this year.