T-Mobile was quick to tout its own success with Wi-Fi calling after AT&T noted its customers' uptake of the technology earlier this week.
T-Mobile US executives are content with T-Mobile's current pricetag for unlimited talking, texting and data, partially as a result of the carrier's continued efforts to expand and improve its wireless network. Indeed, only 50 percent of T-Mobile's spectrum is currently used for LTE service-- meaning T-Mobile still has a significant amount of spectrum it can refarm for LTE.
T-Mobile's first-quarter earnings topped elevated expectations, beating Wall Street estimates almost across the board. The carrier also bumped up its guidance for the rest of the year. And it shored up its financing in advance of the crucial incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum.
VoLTE accounts for "well over half" of all calls on T-Mobile's network, the carrier said today, supporting more than 300 million calls a day from 27 million users on 40 models of supporting handsets.
Verizon's eagerness to deploy 5G is likely because the carrier is struggling to meet ever-increasing data traffic on its network, T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter speculated Monday. And its haste could be costly in the long term, he warned.
T-Mobile US said it will conduct 5G network technology field trials in the second half of this year with both Ericsson and its LTE network vendor Nokia.
T-Mobile executives said Verizon's recent claims over its ability to deploy 5G services are-- ahem-- baloney. "We're starting to see a lot of news starting to form in and around the 5G space," T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said during a conference call to discuss the carrier's quarterly earnings. "I think folks have seen some of the earlier announcements, and you know, Verizon trying to move and saying they're going to be the first to 5G, well, it's kind of BS, to be honest."
There will be convergence between fixed broadband and wireless in the United States, and T-Mobile US could be a part of that but will have multiple options as that occurs, according to a senior executive at the carrier.
LOS ANGELES-- T-Mobile US executives here on the sidelines of the carrier's latest Uncarrier announcement explained that the operator's new Binge On service makes use of video optimization strategies that will effectively reduce the weight of video on T-Mobile's network, thus allowing the carrier to offer video streaming to all its Simple Choice customers for no extra cost.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said he expects "dark horse" companies like Google, Comcast and Charter Communications to bid in next year's incentive auction of 600 MH broadcast TV spectrum. Legere said the next six to 12 months are going to be a "fascinating time period" in the industry as the future of the wireless market takes shape as more content goes online and more Internet traffic goes mobile.