T-Mobile at a "pivotal" phase
T-Mobile US is in the middle of a pivotal phase in the company’s operations, announcing that it would either need to sell or decommission some of its smell cells, while, at the same time, announcing that it was looking into controlling the 5G market.
T-Mobile plans to dominate the global 5G market
The company announced that it was planning to take over the global 5G market, with Mike Sievert, Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile, believing the mobile telecom could be the leader in 5G for the next decade. He said: “We’re making the rules for the 5G era because we’re way ahead — and I mean miles ahead — and those rules are going to be customer friendly and we’re going to be able to monetize ... this lead over the decade,” We’re going to hold on to this 5G lead for the entirety of the 5G decade”.
Following its investments in the new network infrastructure, T-Mobile saw its stock rise and now claims that it has “5G coverage for 295mn people across 1.6mn square miles”. Calling the future “5G internet pure-play”, he said that the organisation plans to increase the reach of its Ultra Capacity 5G network by as much as 40% this year.
He said: “We’re covering 140 million people with that today, compared to like 4 or 5 million with the other guys, and we’re going to be at 200 million by the end of this year. “It puts us years ahead of the other guys”. While T-Mobile’s shares have recently dropped by 0.69%, the stock price has increased by more than 6% this year, beating AT&T’s 1.11% rise and Verizon’s 2.64% decline.
Decommissioning small cells
The news of T-Mobile’s 5G takeover comes at the same time as its announcement to decommission some of the operator’s small cells after it found that it has too many. Neville Ray, President of Technology at T-Mobile US, reiterated a goal of operating nearly 50,000 small cells, but that number rose to 70,000 following an estimation from the UBS equity research analyst, Batya Levi.
In a statement, Neville said: “I have more small cells than I need. Is there some decommissioning in that space? Potentially, yes. We are looking to collapse and combine and do that most efficiently to build that density, capacity, and performance”.
He added that T-Mobile also has “more macro sites than I really know what to do with”, reducing the need for small cells. Ray explained that small cells would be “strategically deployed” in areas requiring additional coverage and capacity.
It seems, then that T-Mobile has ambitious plans for the future as it looks to control the 5G network for the next ten years. Whether this is plausible or not remains to be seen.
UK NFIB issues warning over mobile phone scams
The UK’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued a warning to mobile phone users after being made aware of an ongoing mobile scam involving customers being “cold-called” by individuals impersonating employees of mobile network operators and suppliers.
What is the mobile network scam and what happens?
According to the organisation, the scams include offers of early handset upgrades, or new contracts with significant discounts. The NFIB says that, once scammers have convinced the customers that the deals are genuine, they then ask for online mobile account credentials, home addresses, bank account details, logins, and passwords.
Using these details, the suspects then place orders with genuine companies on the victims’ behalf, before selecting a different handset to the one requested, and sending it to that victim’s home address.
Once the victims have received the handsets, the suspect then explains that it was made in error, instructing them to send the handset to a different address not associated with the company they claim to be calling from. The NFIB says that these addresses are normally residential.
The final stage involves the scammers intercepting the supposedly returned devices before ceasing all contact with the victim, leaving them with no phone and no mobile network contract.
Since January 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received over 300 reports of this particular scam, reporting losses exceeding £86,000. So what can you do to protect yourself?
How to protect yourself from a mobile network scam
- If the caller asks about mobile upgrades and network contracts, hang up without giving out any personal information if you are unsure as to whether the call is genuine or if you think that the person calling is not from the company they claim to be from.
- Only contact your mobile network provider using a number that you know is correct. But what if you don’t know? There are usually contact details such as this and including a phone number on the operator’s official website.
- If you receive a device or handset that you didn’t order, contact the genuine sender immediately, the details of which will be displayed on the parcel or package the device was shipped in.
- NEVER post a device to an unknown address. Genuine employees of mobile networks would not ask you to do this and would always send a jiffy bag or empty package for you to return the device without any additional charges.
Any incidents can be reported to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.