5G tests for T-Mobile don’t matter as much as making a splash
They will happen starting this year, just don’t expect to hear much from T-Mobile about it. CTO Neville Ray said “we’ll be right there with [the competition] or ahead” when the very earliest consumer 5G access for any US carrier is expected for 2020.
Instead of talking deep about technology that AT&T and Verizon both pledged to start testing this year, believes that Verizon is “trying to change the story.” After all, the company has been trying to get Big Red to “ballogize.”
“Nothing they are doing is proprietary or unique,” Ray said.
The “Un-carrier” just reported annual postpaid subscriber growth of 4.5 million, thanks to its aggressive campaigning and new feature implementations. COO Mike Sievert said that the Binge On program got customers to upgrade plans as the scheme applies to accounts with at least 3GB of data.
Sievert said that T-Mobile’s 2016 forecast for a net gain of 2.4 million to 3.4 million postpaid customers reflects not an end to its big boom days, but setting a bar with “hopes and aspirations of exceeding it.”