T-Mobile announces completion of Sprint merger

T-Mobile announced today that it has completed its merger with Sprint. In a statement, T-Mobile said that the will result in a “transformative 5G network” for consumers and businesses.

The merger will allow the two companies to share their range of assets, combining T-Mobile’s wide but low-speed low band and short distance but higher-speed high band with Sprint’s mid-range, mid-speed mid band spectrum. This combination of network options will allow T-Mobile to offer 5G service that can be faster and/or provide better coverage based on the network assets available at any location.

In their statement today, T-Mobile said that it will give customers access to “average 5G speeds up to 8 times faster than current LTE in just a few years” and “15 times faster over the next six years.” They also aim to offer 5G to 99% of the U.S. population, with 90% seeing higher than 100Mbps speeds, within a few years. Rural coverage is also a priority for them, with a goal to provide 90% of rural Americans with average 5G speeds of 50Mbps.