BARCELONA—Neville Ray always gives it to me straight. T-Mobile’s CTO has been struggling with when the company’s 5G network is going to launch, giving some mixed signals that led to some confusion.

“We’d like to do something in the first half [of 2019],” Ray said. “We’re still trialing and experimenting.”

The reason for the date confusion has to do with spectrum licenses and chipset availability. During the first half of the year, the only cell phone chips available won’t support T-Mobile’s long-range 600MHz network. But they will support its limited 28GHz, short-range millimeter-wave spectrum holdings. Read more…

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