T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) has successfully completed extensive upgrades to its network, resulting in the expansion of 5G coverage over more than 48,000 square miles in Upstate New York. Over the past two years, T-Mobile’s substantial investments have led to the addition of nearly 400 new cell sites and upgrades to over 800 existing towers across the region. This initiative aims to provide faster and more reliable service to a broader base of T-Mobile customers, spanning from Albany to Buffalo and various locations in between.
The expansion of 5G coverage includes key areas such as Albany Airport, Clarkson University, Fair Haven State Park, Fort Drum, Lake Placid, and SUNY Plattsburgh. Notably, the counties experiencing the most significant network enhancements encompass Albany, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and St. Lawrence.
Luis Reyes, Vice President of Field Engineering for the Northeast Region at T-Mobile, highlighted the importance of these network upgrades in catering to the diverse needs of both residents and visitors in Upstate New York. The company plans to further its commitment to the region in 2024 by constructing new installations and enhancing existing sites.
Recognizing the growing importance of fast and reliable broadband, T-Mobile’s network improvements have facilitated the introduction of 5G Home Internet and Business Internet services in Upstate New York. Presently, 5G Home Internet is available to 40% of households in the region, totaling over 1.6 million homes. This offers residents an alternative to traditional internet service providers, with the advantages of easy setup, no annual contracts, and transparent pricing. T-Mobile’s Business Internet also simplifies connectivity for businesses, linking multiple stores and remote offices within its wireless footprint.
T-Mobile’s commitment to New York extends beyond network enhancements, with the recent opening of its Customer Experience Center in Henrietta and additional retail stores across Upstate New York. The company is actively engaged in community initiatives, such as the Hometown Grants program, benefiting small towns in the state. Notably, five towns in New York have received grants totaling nearly $225,000 for various projects.
Moreover, T-Mobile is addressing digital disparities in education through its Project 10Million initiative, investing $10.7 billion to provide free internet connectivity and mobile hotspots to eligible student households nationwide. In New York, over 690,000 students across 215 school districts have been connected, with T-Mobile also offering school districts access to affordable laptops and tablets, along with free or heavily subsidized data plans. T-Mobile’s multifaceted approach demonstrates its ongoing commitment to enhancing connectivity, supporting local communities, and bridging the digital divide in the state of New York.