T-Mobile announces that there will be a 5G home Internet service with fast speeds, easy installation, and low prices that will reach half of all US households within five years and significantly shatter the anti-competitive cable industry , There is only one catch: T-Mobile says that this will only happen if the sprint merger is approved.
In a blog post and today's Federal Communications Commission, T-Mobile outlines in detail what its 5G home internet service will do. The company began to share some details about the offering in September of last year, but with today's blog post written by the CEO, T-Mobile is promoting its promises in a much more publicized form.
T-Mobile plans to create a true cable competitor with 5G, offering speeds of 1
It's an Exciting Picture Remember, though, that this is all a big, beautiful dream that T-Mobile describes to approve the merger.
If T-Mobile and Sprint merge, the United States would fall back from three major mobile operators to three. The former FCC leader has repeatedly said that four airlines are needed to maintain a competitive environment. The current market leader does not seem to believe that this general concern is an integral part of what sustains the ten-month-old merger agreement.
The argument that the mobile industry will be more competitive With one competitor less, it's tough (T-Mobile, of course, did it anyway). Instead, T-Mobile tries to give the impression that the merger will dramatically increase competition in another industry : the Internet on the Internet.
This is not the worst argument. The cable industry is actually just monopoly after monopoly. Nearly half of all households do not have a second option for wired broadband service, if they have one option at all. Because these 5G networks are essentially wireless, companies like T-Mobile may be able to quickly penetrate areas that cable companies have long avoided because of the challenges and cost of laying cables.
The current FCC has even stated that it considers wireless as an alternative to wired broadband as it can have comparable speeds. This is not how it works in reality – wireless speeds are still slower overall and much more expensive – but T-Mobile describes a future in which this is not the case and wireless communication is a legitimate alternative to the wired Internet.
It's an argument that regulators like to hear. The question is, is the sprint merger really necessary to achieve all of this? AT & T and Verizon are investing in many of T-Mobile's 5G technologies. Verizon has even started a 5G home internet pilot service. So it's not like T-Mobile is the only company that can.
T-Mobile mentions Sprint's Airwaves being used for this service, supporting the argument that the merger is necessary for its own use. However, it is not clear if these air waves are really critical. In its FCC deposit, T-Mobile says the deployment will provide "a huge capacity increase at once" and "much of it for wireless fixed broadband services". But this is combined with other existing T-Mobile radio waves.
To get started, T-Mobile says it will soon start testing a home wireless Internet service over its LTE network. After the merger, says T-Mobile, it will be upgraded to 5G.
The plans almost mirror the events of Verizon, which has suspended its plans for 5G home Internet use by the end of this year. These companies are clearly committed to making the most of their 5G investment. But for the moment, the transition to home Internet provisioning is still a pitch where nobody really moves.