Mobile operator T-Mobile is investing to encourage a fresh wave of 5G innovation and development as it seeks to enliven a sluggish market.
The initiative, called 5G Forward, comprises a series of moves and partnerships designed to accelerate 5G developer innovation. T-Mobile is front runner in the US 5G sector, with the country’s largest network, but said it now wants to leverage this lead to take 5G experiences to the next level. It announced DevEdge, a new developer platform; the Tech Experience 5G Hub, a new state-of-the-art innovation center; new T-Mobile Accelerator participants; venture funding for two growing companies; and strategic partnerships with Disney StudioLAB and Red Bull, to develop new 5G-powered experiences for consumers.
“T-Mobile’s 5G network is already having an incredible impact, changing the way people use their smartphones and disrupting industries like home broadband,” said Neville Ray, President of Technology at T-Mobile. “And it can do so much more.”
He blamed the carrier community for creating unnecessary hurdles that stifle 5G developer innovation: “We’re here to break down those carrier barriers with a series of customer-first moves that make it easy for innovators everywhere to build a future that will benefit everyone.”
He added that 5G innovators need two things: a transformative 5G network that’s available nationwide, and for carriers to step aside so developers no longer have to navigate a maze of hoops and hurdles with limited support, inaccessible experts, unclear pricing and certification that takes too long: “And even if they clear all those hurdles, their solutions are trapped within the limited coverage of the carriers’ lackluster 5G networks, making widespread adoption next to impossible,” he added.