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T-Mobile is quietly testing its 5G network in New York City

T-Mobile is supposedly "blanketing" Manhattan with its 5G network during the test.

Published onMay 28, 2019

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Even though T-Mobile hasn’t said when it’ll launch its 5G network, Ookla technical evangelist Milan Milanović reported on Twitter earlier today that the carrier is currently testing 5G in New York City.

Using the Speedtest by Ookla app on his Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Milanović saw a download speed of 495.52Mbps and an upload speed of 59.1Mbps. Ping and jitter were reported at 16ms and 7ms, respectively.

— Milan Milanović (@milanmilanovic) May 28, 2019
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On the surface, the reported speeds aren’t as impressive as the gigabit speeds we’ve seen so far with Verizon’s 5G network. That said, a separate tweet published today and pulled from an FCC filing shows that T-Mobile is using 100MHz of 28GHz right now. That makes the theoretical maximum download speed of T-Mobile’s 5G network around 625Mbps.

Also, Milanović reported that T-Mobile is “blanketing” Manhattan with its 5G network using existing low builds “every block or two.” If true, that bodes well for how far and quickly T-Mobile can cover a dense urban area like New York City with 5G.

According to T-Mobile, its 5G network will cover almost two-thirds of the U.S. population with speeds of at least 100Mbps. The carrier hopes to boost the average speed to 450Mbps by 2024, with some areas possibly seeing download speeds as fast as 4Gbps.

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