With T-Mobile’s 5G Rollout, Telecom Engineers See Increased Demand for Services
T-Mobile’s recent announcement that the company completed its integration of the Sprint network has gotten people talking about what will come next for the carrier. Opting to decommission redundant Sprint sites meant that T-Mobile was able to transfer that spectrum and upgrade their own sites in addition to upgrade existing the existing “Sprint keep sites” to 5G, and bring them back on air, even as the company continues with its plans to build additional 5G sites throughout the United States.
That puts T-Mobile well ahead of schedule. Since the company closed its merger with Sprint in April of 2020, it has been working to combine the two networks and their operations. Complete network integration was expected to take at least three years, as the companies worked to deploy Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum on the T-Mobile anchor network.
T-Mobile commenced its 5G deployments more than three and a half years ago. The company launched the first nationwide 5G network in the U.S. in December of 2019 on its 600 MHz spectrum, which covered approximately 65% percent of the country’s population at the time.
Having completed the bulk of that network integration—and with 5G extended range now operating at 600 MHz and reaching 97% percent of Americans—T-Mobile is expected to focus more heavily on expanding its coverage and performance in 5G to more rural areas throughout the country.
Demand for telecom engineers has soared in the U.S. and abroad since T-Mobile’s 5G rollout first began in 2019. Telecom engineering consultants are often hired to design, oversee, and install equipment and facilities for telecom networks. They are trained in all aspects of electrical engineering and civil engineering. At KMB, an in-house telecom engineering team is available for assistance in site acquisition, design, structural, traffic engineering, and permitting, as well as custom design services for small cell deployment, so organizations can meet the varying requirements of each municipality.
According to KMB’s telecom experts, design and engineering requirements can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. A lack of appreciation and understanding of these requirements may cause drastic permitting delays and failure to meet deployment metrics.
Telecom engineering consultants keep up-to-date on the latest industry trends and new frequency bands available for clients. They’re also closely following the progress of 5G, ready to support customers on analysis and provide full designs once the appropriate licenses are acquired.
The business for telecom engineering consultants with this level of hyper-specialization and expertise has soared as the number of firms launching 5G applications continues to increase. The regulatory changes taking place over the past few years mean more businesses are in need of consulting support through different service lines. This includes providing regulatory updates during FCC policy changes, as well as educating corporate executives ahead of 5G modifications and small cell advancements.
Through this, KMB Design Group has emerged as a leading telecom firm supporting the growth of this industry. KMB’s leadership team understands that speed to market is a critical aspect of 5G deployment, and the company’s telecom engineers ensure client projects achieve full compliance within the optimal timeframes.
To learn more about the benefits of hiring a telecom engineering consultant, contact KMB Design Group today.