T-Mobile CTO Talks Biggest Mobile Network Myths In 2016

T-Mobile's CTO Neville Ray recently attempted to tackle what he deems are the biggest mobile network myths often repeated throughout 2016. In a blog post published on Thursday, Ray asserted that T-Mobile's network coverage is on par with that of Verizon and AT&T, that there's no need to pay for two devices if you want two numbers, and that 5G is nowhere near commercialization. Furthermore, T-Mobile's executive stated that Verizon's network isn't "advanced" while the one offered by Sprint is much worse than advertised. Of course, Ray also illustrated his claims by promoting T-Mobile's own products and services.

The company's CTO started his myth-busting effort by reiterating the point about T-Mobile offering the fastest LTE network in the country, something that's often been mentioned by John Legere. He also added how T-Mobile's LTE network is currently reaching 313 million people, only a million less than what Verizon is covering. Ray continued hitting at Verizon by mocking its claims of an "LTE Advanced" network which Big Red introduced earlier this year, adding that T-Mobile has been utilizing this "advanced" carrier aggregation technology since 2014. Furthermore, the company's CTO boasted about T-Mobile nearly reaching a 1 Gbps throughput on their LTE network, as can be seen in the video below. While claiming how Verizon is only associating such speeds with 5G mobile networks, Ray pointed out that this technology is still not close to being commercially available, adding that 5G commercialization is also one of the biggest mobile network myths in 2016.

T-Mobile's CTO then proceeded to mock Sprint for its recent claim that it's offering a network that's only 1% less reliable for half the price of competitors. As Ray explained, Sprint is basing that assertion on a biased study that's comparing all types of signal and not differentiating between 2G, 3G, and 4G. Finally, T-Mobile's executive also pointed out how the third largest carrier in the country recently introduced DIGITS, a technology that allows consumers to use multiple phone numbers on a single device and consequently reduce their phone bills. He used DIGITS as an example to dispel the myth that several numbers require people to pay for several devices. Ray's latest act of myth-busting can be read by following the source link below.

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