Louisiana celebrates completion of $290m T-Mobile 5G investment

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Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry and T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) have announced the completion of a significant 5G network investment in the state, totaling over $290 million, with a notable $50 million network upgrade in the Greater New Orleans area. This investment enhances T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G (5G UC) network, which has expanded to cover new communities across Louisiana and the nation. Over the past three years, this initiative has improved connectivity for over 1.7 million residents, including those in smaller towns and rural areas, significantly boosting local businesses, educational opportunities, healthcare services, and first responder capabilities.

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The network enhancements undertaken by T-Mobile include the addition of over 300 new cell sites and upgrades to nearly 1,870 existing sites. Now, 99% of Louisiana’s major roadways have 5G coverage, and 92% of residents have access to T-Mobile’s Mid Band-Ultra Capacity 5G—showing a 192% increase in just three years. According to Ookla, a company that monitors and analyzes wireless networks, T-Mobile has also emerged as the fastest network provider in the state.

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Governor Jeff Landry praised T-Mobile’s investment, stating, “T-Mobile’s investment in our state’s infrastructure will pay dividends for years to come. By bringing high-speed 5G connectivity to more areas of Louisiana, we are making it easier for people to stay connected with their loved ones, access educational opportunities and grow their businesses. I applaud T-Mobile for their commitment to our state and for helping us get even closer to closing the digital divide.”

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Ulf Ewaldsson, President of Technology at T-Mobile, echoed these sentiments. He highlighted the alignment of T-Mobile’s efforts with Governor Landry’s economic development goals, particularly for underserved communities. “Our multi-year effort to enhance 5G connectivity across Louisiana is already bringing new opportunities for growth through enhanced speeds and better reliability in more places than ever before. And we’re just getting started!”

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