T-Mobile 4G faster than T-Mobile 5G. Sprint has covered 8%+ of the US population with robust 2.5 GHz 5G. IHS three city testing found 5G on 51% of tests in Atlanta, 32% in Chicago, and 25% in Dallas. The 25-40 million people Sprint covers dwarfs any carrier in Europe, where no telco has reported even 2 million people in its serving area. Adjusted for population, only Swisscom and Sunrise Switzerland come close. (Neither has released coverage.details.) The median download speed in Chicago was 124 Mbps, about as predicted.
Sprint's John Saw is an obvious candidate for CTO of the year. Despite a low capex budget, Sprint is bringing 5G to far more of the US than any other carrier. Verizon covered 7% of Chicago and lower percentages of the population in Dallas and Atlanta. AT&T & T-Mobile are far behind with coverage of 3% or less. "T-Mobile’s 5G median download speeds in both Atlanta and Dallas were slower than its non-5G mode speeds in each city."
At left, how T-Mobile serves Rockefeller Center and Wall Street but provides little in Harlem or Black Brooklyn.
Verizon did test at a true gig in one location and often at 200-400 Mbps. That's right on target: mmWave uses more spectrum and typically has three times the capacity. But Verizon has cut capex and now is the slowest of the major US networks. Verizon's mmWave network is the finest in the world, but more than half of Verizon "5G" will be low-band running at "4G-like speeds."
I've just returned from Zurich, Switzerland, where Sunrise has connected 300 towns and villages. Most people in rural areas today live in towns, not dispersed across farms. By upgrading an existing cell to 5G, Sunrise was able to reach over 80%.
Korea is about 70% covered with 90% expected yearend.
Here's the Rootmetrics test data.