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T-Mobile 5G Plan Could Drive Capex to Record Highs

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T-Mobile US could be looking at a bill of up to $25 billion to build a nationwide 5G network by the end of 2020, according to rough estimates from market research company Ovum.

Daryl Schoolar, an Ovum Ltd. analyst, reckons the cost of building a nationwide 5G network using 600MHz spectrum, which T-Mobile US Inc. picked up during a recent government auction, would be comparable to what AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) spent on a 700MHz-based rollout of 4G.

He estimates that AT&T spent around $25 billion in total to provide nationwide 700MHz-based coverage.

Such figures may alarm the investment community, with T-Mobile aiming to complete a 5G rollout in less than two years, starting in 2019 and achieving "nationwide" coverage in 2020That ambitious target could require T-Mobile to spend as much as $12.5 billion on the 5G project alone in each of 2019 and 2020.

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Date: May 19, 2017   


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