The carrier offers its nationwide low-band 5G network which delivers download data speeds not much faster than 4G LTE, if it is any faster at all. This service runs on T-Mobile’s 600MHz low-band spectrum and the signal travels far enough to help the wireless provider blanket the country with service that is 5G in name only. For T-Mobile customers, 5G really begins with the Ultra-Capacity 5G service.
T-Mobile’s 5G Triple-Layer Cake with low-band, mid-band, and high-band 5G spectrum
It has focused on placing its slowest low-band 5G network in rural parts of the country since the slower 5G speed it provides feels amazing in comparison to the much slower 3G and 4G signals that those living in the rural areas of the country might be used to.
Without Mid-band up and running at this point, using Verizon’s 5G service is an all or nothing crap shoot. You either have access to its Ultra Wideband service with zippy 5G signals running at “Gig” speeds. Or, you are connected to its Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) system that offers low-band 5G service at speeds often beat out by 4G LTE.