T-Cell and Dash title first 5G cities, as race to construct next-gen community intensifies

T-Cell CEO John Legere. (GeekWire Photograph / Todd Bishop)

The race to the subsequent technology knowledge community — 5G — is heating up.

T-Cell and Dash — the nation’s third and fourth largest wi-fi carriers — doubled down on their 5G plans, saying on the Cell World Congress in Barcelona this morning the primary cities to get the subsequent technology community.

Bellevue, Wash.-based T-Cell stated it plans to construct out 5G in 30 cities this 12 months, however named solely 4: New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas. The corporate wouldn’t say if Seattle is on that listing.

Dash is beginning with six cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Whereas T-Cell is constructing out 5G in 30 cities this 12 months, it received’t be obtainable to prospects till subsequent 12 months, when the primary 5G smartphones come out.

The opposite carriers say they’re placing collectively bridge plans, seeking to deliver 5G-like capabilities to prospects earlier than the networks are full. Dash stated it can deploy a sophisticated community know-how referred to as Huge MIMO in its first six 5G cities this 12 months. Verizon and AT&T each plan to provide 5G scorching spots.

In its 5G announcement, T-Cell lambasted the bridge plans of rival carriers.

“Dumb and Dumber are in a meaningless race to be first. Their so-called 5G isn’t cell, and it’s not even on a smartphone. It’s a puck?! You gotta be pucking kidding me!” John Legere, president and CEO of T-Cell stated in a press release. “Whereas the Duopoly deal with bragging rights, we deal with prospects. T-Cell has massively greater plans for a really transformative 5G expertise in your smartphone nationwide. We’re taking part in the lengthy sport … the one sport that issues.”

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