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The 10 Biggest 5G News Stories Of 2020 (So Far)

Gina Narcisi

From the country’s largest carriers building out their 5G networks to intervention from the FCC and the U.S. government, here are ten of the biggest news stories in the 5G world that made the news so far this year.

Sprint's 5G Network Is Powered Down

Following T-Mobile‘s $26.5 billion merger of fellow wireless provider Sprint, which closed in April, Bellevue, Wash.-based T-Mobile pulled the plug on Sprint‘s 5G network and began moving customers over to the T-Mobile 5G network in July.

Before its merger with T-Mobile, Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint touted its 5G service as critical to its future. The Sprint 5G network, which was rolled out in 13 states before the merger with T-Mobile, relied on 2.5 GHz spectrum. T-Mobile‘s national 5G network is built on 600 MHz, and it is now also deploying 2.5 GHz spectrum that it acquired from its Sprint transaction.

Via the terms of the Sprint/T-Mobile deal, the “New T-Mobile” had to agree to develop a robust, nationwide 5G network. T-Mobile is in the process of launching 5G home internet commercially nationwide, which the company said will cover more than 50 percent of U.S. households within six years.

 
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Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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