Look Out, Cable: T-Mobile Is Accelerating Its 5G Home Broadband Offering

Many investors know we’re at the beginning of the 5G era. 5G wireless technology has been hyped as the next big thing, with lightning-fast speeds and low latency enabling next-generation applications we can’t even think of yet.

Another potential use for 5G that’s more immediate and quantifiable? Replacing your broadband connection. Yet while the limits of 5G technology probably wouldn’t work in the crowded city today, 5G broadband may soon be making its way to the country.

Last week, T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) announced that it will be taking its home LTE broadband project and accelerating it in a big way across the United States. And it could come at AT&T‘s (NYSE:T) expense.

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T-Mobile is going after the rural broadband market. Image source: Getty Images.

“450 Cities & Towns Left High-and-Dry by AT&T”

With its usual combative flair, T-Mobile said in a Thursday press release:

T-Mobile is throwing a lifeline to

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T-Mobile is expanding its rural home internet service to 450 more areas



a cake sitting on top of a table: T-Mobile is bringing its LTE home internet service to more people. Angela Lang/CNET


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T-Mobile is bringing its LTE home internet service to more people. Angela Lang/CNET

T-Mobile has announced an expansion of its Home Internet pilot to 450 more areas, which it says covers 20 million households. The service uses T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network and was launched as an invite-only pilot in rural areas in March last year, with the carrier saying it’s now opening the service to non-T-Mobile customers.



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T-Mobile’s home internet service is $50 per month, with a no-cost hardware lease and no data caps.  

“We’re understanding this massive expansion … at a time when our connection to the Internet is so vital — for work, remote school, connection with family and friends,” said T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert.

You can see a list of the new cities and towns online, but it’s now live in certain areas of 27 states.

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T-Mobile Expands Home Internet to More Than 450 Cities & Towns Left High-and-Dry by AT&T

No contract, $50 per month high-speed Internet access is rolling out to vast swaths of the country, including rural America, for both T-Mobile and non-T-Mobile customers alike

What’s the news: T-Mobile is throwing a lifeline to many communities being abandoned by AT&T. It’s expanding its $50 / month, no two-year contract Home Internet service into more than 450 cities and towns that AT&T is deserting. The Un-carrier is also opening the service to non-T-Mobile customers in these new areas.

Why it matters: Many parts of the country have extremely limited, slow Internet options and the pandemic has increased our reliance on Internet connectivity. AT&T dropping DSL service in those communities makes an already difficult situation that much worse.

Who it’s for: 20 million households in thousands of locations that are sick-and-tired of their Internet access provider jerking them around.

What AT&T takes away, T-Mobile brings back. Following news that AT&T

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