T-Mobile touts “nationwide 5G” that fails to cover 130 million Americans

Benjamin Okorie
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T-Mobile's coverage map shows that huge parts of the US are covered by 4G but not 5G.

Enlarge / T-Mobile's 5G coverage map. (credit: T-Mobile)

T-Mobile today announced that it has launched "America's first nationwide 5G network," but T-Mobile's definition of "nationwide" doesn't include about 40% of the US population.

"America gets its first nationwide 5G network today, covering more than 200 million people and more than 1 million square miles," T-Mobile's announcement said.

The US Census Bureau estimates the population to be more than 330 million people. T-Mobile hasn't actually forgotten about the other 130 million people in the US, as a sentence halfway through the carrier's press release notes that "T-Mobile's network covers more than 60 percent of the population." At 1 million square miles, the carrier's 5G network also covers about 28% of the country's 3.53 million square miles, and it's far short of the geographical reach already provided by T-Mobile's 4G network.

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