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    T-Mobile requested FCC approval to conduct extensive tests of 5G transmissions in C-band spectrum

    https://www.lightreading.com/5g/t-mo..._mc=RSS_LR_EDT


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    "T-Mobile is seeking FCC approval to conduct extensive tests of 5G transmissions in C-band spectrum. The development further underscores analysts' belief that T-Mobile could spend billions of dollars purchasing C-band spectrum in the FCC's C-band auction later this year.

    T-Mobile isn't the only wireless network operator with C-band ambitions. Verizon recently requested permission to conduct a second set of C-band tests along the California coast with equipment from Samsung and Ericsson.

    In its request to the FCC, T-Mobile said it wants to test 5G across 100MHz in the lower portion of the C-band with equipment from unnamed suppliers. The operator said the tests "will permit T-Mobile to begin to assess, in cooperation with equipment manufacturers, how to best evaluate the use of C-band spectrum for Fifth Generation New Radio (5G NR) operations."


    This could really could be a game-changer for T-Mobile considering how far ahead they are ahead of the competition in terms of 5G coverage.

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    I could see them using CBRS and C-band in areas where they don't have any 2.5GHz, but I don't see why they'd need 160MHz of n41 + over 100MHz of C-band.

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    T-Mobile is not getting that 100 MHz that is going to be able to be used by the end of next year. Verizon will pay as much as it takes to get that an T-Mobile can't outbid Verizon. And spectrum outside of that might have to wait until Dec 2023. Is T-Mobile rally going to spend tens of billons of $$$ that kind of spectrum? Especially when there is the 2.5 GHz auction in 2021 that T-Mobile SHOULD be interested in. Also by the end of next year they'll be the 3450-3550 MHz auction and that spectrum can be available as soon as summer 2022 which is 18 months before C-band and will likely be cheaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcspidey4 View Post
    I could see them using CBRS and C-band in areas where they don't have any 2.5GHz, but I don't see why they'd need 160MHz of n41 + over 100MHz of C-band.
    They have 2.5 GHz just about everywhere they just don't have 160 MHz of it everywhere and there is 2.5 GHz auction next year where they will be auctioning of 116.5 MHz of band 41 in areas where it was never assigned. T-Mobile need sot save their cash for that and let Verizon and at&t blow their wads on C-band so they don't bother participating in the 2.5 GHz auction

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hagar View Post
    They have 2.5 GHz just about everywhere they just don't have 160 MHz of it everywhere and there is 2.5 GHz auction next year where they will be auctioning of 116.5 MHz of band 41 in areas where it was never assigned. T-Mobile need sot save their cash for that and let Verizon and at&t blow their wads on C-band so they don't bother participating in the 2.5 GHz auction
    But T-Mobile also doesn't want Verizon walking away with 200MHz of C-Band, since their competitive advantage would disappear. I expect T-Mobile to pick up some C-Band, if only to reduce the amount that Verizon could get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcspidey4 View Post
    But T-Mobile also doesn't want Verizon walking away with 200MHz of C-Band, since their competitive advantage would disappear. I expect T-Mobile to pick up some C-Band, if only to reduce the amount that Verizon could get.
    Whatever C-Band Verizon gets won't affect T-Mobile's spectrum advantage one bit. The high band is not cost effective to deploy due to the number of sites required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet1000 View Post
    Whatever C-Band Verizon gets won't affect T-Mobile's spectrum advantage one bit. The high band is not cost effective to deploy due to the number of sites required.
    C-Band is also mid-band.

    It's 3.7-4.2GHz, compared to T-Mobile's 2.5GHz. CBRS is a bit lower than C-Band, at 3.5GHz.

    The range will be slightly worse, but nothing like mmWave.

    Verizon will be doing DSS to launch low-band 5G also.

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