T-Mobile begins offering fiber-optic home internet in a limited trial program

T-Mobile has quietly started selling fiber-based home internet, according to a T-Mo report and confirmed by the company. T-Mobile says it's testing fiber-optic internet in some Manhattan apartment buildings as a complement to its fixed wireless offering. The pilot was made available to the public in April, and the company isn't deploying an entirely new fiber network for the pilot. He's running on a local provider's fiber lines.

The dedicated T-Mobile Fiber website is poor but claims the service offers 940Mbps upload and download speeds, and a Wi-Fi 6 router is included, along with chat and email customer support for fiber customers. The T-Mobile representative has no further details to share with us, only that the program is a very limited beta and more information will be shared "when and if" becomes more widely available. 

T-Mobile has some ambitious plans for home internet, as the company tried to persuade regulators to let it buy Sprint in 2019, argued that it would be able to offer a competitive wireless home internet service with acquired spectrum with the completion of the deal, and T-Mobile began Mobile launched a pilot program that included 100,000 households by the time it opened to the general public in a call with investors last week, and the company said it was on track to meet its goal of reaching 500,000 home internet customers by the end of this year.

 It's not clear how big of a role T-Mobile thinks fiber could play in its home internet plans, but it certainly looks like it's worth testing the waters. 

All modern communications rely on glass, from Gorilla Glass on our phones to the infotainment screens in our cars, but when I think of the Internet, I think of 5G, Starlink satellites, WiFi, and I never think of the 750,000 miles of fiber-optic cable that currently run under Our Oceans The tiny strands of glass that hold all our photos, emails, and video chats Through these thin strands of fibers we can instantly communicate with almost anyone, anywhere, all based on 5,000-year-old technology.

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