The merger both bails Sprint out of a tough financial situation and gives T-Mobile access to the 2.5GHz (gigahertz) spectrum that Sprint owned. The spectrum provides wavelengths that move at faster speeds than how most U.S. consumer mobile devices currently operate. 「Having that spectrum will mean T-Mobile will have faster speeds in the long term,」 Vachon told DT.
The timeline and where, exactly, the New T-Mobile will deploy remain fuzzy. Neither company responded to a request for comment, but T-Mobile has said it is aiming to be in 52 percent of all U.S. zip codes by 2024. Borghei was confident that in five to six years, customers would see 「a massive improvement」 in rural coverage.
「I do believe they’re targeting more of the underserved markets,」 Vachon said. 「Verizon [the country’s biggest mobile provider] will be targeting the urban markets, so T-Mobile will be more suburban and rural. Nationwide coverage is definitely their intent, but it’s going to be a gradual deployment for the rural markets.」
「You’re going to continue to see concerted effort to get out to rural areas, but we are a vast country, and it will take time,」 Borghei said to DT. 「I can’t tell you that by 2021 everyone will have coverage. We have the top 60 markets to build out, and they need to make money off of their investments.」
「They’re going to be selective. They have to be where the best ROI [return on investment] is, and where it makes sense to be,」 said Vachon.标签：