T-Mobile's 5G home Internet gateway sitting on a desk next to a tablet.
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T-Cell yesterday launched a $60-per-month 5G home Internet service, saying that it’ll usually present obtain speeds of fifty to 100Mbps and add speeds of 10 to 25Mbps.

The $60 month-to-month worth consists of all the pieces, T-Cell mentioned, promising, “No added taxes or charges. No gear charges. No contracts. No surprises or exploding payments.” The service has no knowledge cap, however T-Cell’s dwelling Web prospects will get slower speeds than cell prospects in instances of congestion.

“Throughout congestion, Dwelling Web prospects could discover speeds decrease than different prospects as a result of knowledge prioritization,” T-Cell mentioned in a footnote within the announcement. T-Cell says this ought to be uncommon. In its Open Web disclosure, T-Cell mentioned that dwelling Web “prospects obtain the identical community prioritization as Heavy Information Customers, however ought to be much less more likely to expertise congestion as a result of the gear is stationary and obtainable in restricted areas.” (“Heavy Information Customers” are cell prospects who face potential slowdowns as a result of they exceed a particular restrict, which is 50GB per thirty days on most T-Cell plans. The 50GB threshold is just not used for 5G dwelling Web, however the dwelling service could also be slowed down relative to cell speeds when the community is congested even when a house buyer hasn’t used a lot knowledge that month.)

T-Cell notes that “[v]ideo streaming decision will depend on obtainable speeds,” and there is apparently no strict restrict on video decision. A CNET reporter who examined the service wrote, “I’ve streamed hours of 4K video, participated in Zoom conferences, downloaded huge video games to put in and so forth, all and not using a hiccup to report.” T-Cell informed Ars that its typical dwelling Web speeds “far exceed the bandwidth wanted to stream 4K video.”

A T-Cell FAQ mentioned, “We anticipate most new T-Cell Dwelling Web prospects will see common obtain speeds in extra of 100Mbps, and all eligible households are projected to see common obtain speeds of 50Mbps or extra. Speeds can fluctuate relying on location, sign energy and availability, time of day, and different components.” Moreover, “[m]ost new T-Cell Dwelling Web prospects can anticipate common add speeds between 10 and 25Mbps.” Latency is often between 21 and 35ms, T-Cell mentioned.

T-Cell mentioned that prospects will obtain “the max velocity the community is ready to supply at their dwelling location,” as there isn’t a choice to improve to a sooner plan.

30 million houses eligible

T-Cell mentioned that 30 million households (a few quarter of the US total) are “eligible” for the house Web service, however it’s not clear what number of prospects the corporate can tackle earlier than slicing off signups. You possibly can verify if service is offered at your tackle at this webpage. T-Cell mentioned that 10 million of the eligible households are in rural components of the US, with the remaining in city and suburban areas.

T-Cell launched a 4G LTE dwelling service two years ago. The corporate already has 100,000 dwelling Web prospects and “has mentioned it expects to depend round 500,000 mounted wi-fi prospects by the top of this yr,” according to Light Reading. “Inside the subsequent 5 years, T-Cell mentioned it expects to realize between 7 million and eight million mounted wi-fi Web prospects.”

T-Cell additionally supplied this PDF that lists the cities and cities the place the 5G dwelling service is offered. Loads of metro areas are included, however the service is likely to be simpler to get in much less densely populated areas. Mild Studying quoted New Road Analysis as saying that T-Cell will “solely promote capability to mounted broadband subs in markets the place they’ve greater than their cell subs might presumably use. We estimate they might solely assist 4.1 million common mounted broadband subs in markets the place they’ve extra capability.”

“T-Cell will take subscribers on a first-come, first-served foundation till capability runs out, after which will add subscribers because it provides capability, [T-Mobile Executive VP Dow] Draper mentioned,” according to PCMag.

In its FAQ, T-Cell mentioned, “We’re working aggressively to develop T-Cell Dwelling Web Service to increasingly individuals, however haven’t got particular dates by location presently.”

“Availability can and can change in native areas as extra prospects in that space enroll,” T-Cell informed Ars. “And within the quick time period, availability could also be impacted by Wi-Fi gateway availability till world provide chains normalize.”

5G dwelling gateway

Prospects will obtain a router-and-modem gateway that “converts [the] 5G sign to Wi-Fi and offers a Wi-Fi sign accessible by all of the units in your house,” T-Cell mentioned. The system makes use of Wi-Fi 6 together with “[m]uti-user MIMO, which creates extra capability as extra customers join, enhancing particular person speeds when many units are accessing Wi-Fi,” T-Cell mentioned. Prospects can set as much as 4 community names (SSIDs) on every gateway.

To start service at your own home, “energy up your T-Cell Excessive-Velocity Web Gateway, obtain the T-Cell Dwelling Web app (Android or iOS), and observe just a few directions,” the corporate mentioned.

T-Cell doesn’t assist use away from the tackle the place you buy service. “The T-Cell Excessive-Velocity Web Gateway is particular to your eligible tackle, so you’ll be able to’t transfer it from one location to a different. This helps us guarantee that the place of use meets our community requirements to give you a top quality of service,” T-Cell mentioned.