According to the reports, T-Mobile's Metro (formerly MetroPCs) recently said that it will provide pay-as-you-go wireless customer 5G services in 2019, which is the first large-scale operator to announce the adoption of the new standard prepaid service.
The prepaid operator (Metro) will launch the 5G service using T-Mobile America's 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 5G new radio mobile 5G standard, which is expected to be available in the first half of next year. The operator said it will launch the service in at least 30 cities this year, and with the launch of compatible smartphones, the prepaid 5G service will appear in cities such as New York, Dallas and Las Vegas.
T-Mobile is using the low-band 600MHz frequency to launch the original 5G service in 2019. This means that T-Mobile will be able to offer 5G services with current 4G network coverage, initially at speeds of up to hundreds of megabits per second.
In contrast, Verizon's proprietary fixed-home 5G service can be as fast as 1Mbps.
Metro is the prepaid brand that the big operator is about to launch the 5G program. But AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless' prepaid brands are still focused on 4G. This situation is likely to change as the United States begins deploying mobile 5G services in 2019.
U-Mobile initially acquired MetroPCs in 2013, and recently renamed MetroPCs to T-Mobile's Metro.