T-Cell has began promoting fiber landline web connections to not less than six buildings in Manhattan, PCMag realized immediately.
Whereas the wi-fi provider is aggressively selling its 5G home internet service, a tipster informed us that “inside the previous few weeks,” T-Cell quietly launched a web site at t-mobilefiber.com to advertise its gigabit fiber service.
The service has one plan, at 940Mbps symmetrical, with an eero Pro 6 router included. The service is offered at “a flat month-to-month fee,” though the web site does not say what that fee is.
T-Cell confirmed that it is working the venture, though not the precise variety of buildings concerned. The corporate stated in an announcement:
“We just lately launched a pilot program in choose Manhattan residential buildings to ship dwelling web over fiber-optic strains, utilizing an area fiber supplier’s fiber-optic community.
So T-Cell is not working its personal fiber strains right here; it is renting them from a competitor. In response to the company’s site, “T-Cell Fiber’s Broadband Web Entry Companies are supplied over Pilot Fiber’s wired fiber-optic community.”
In response to a Reddit post on the subject, Pilot has redirected its getpilot.com Internet deal with to T-Cell. Pilot is a New York-based, enterprise fiber supplier that serves greater than 2,100 companies in 600 buildings, based on that firm. One of many posters on the Reddit thread says Pilot’s residential service value them $60/month.
So what we’re seeing right here is probably not an try by T-Cell to interrupt into the fiber sport the way in which Google tried to (and then gave up.) Fairly, the corporate could also be testing the waters to see if its shopper advertising chops can mix with enterprise fiber suppliers’ further capability to supply a partnered method to battle Verizon and AT&T. We’ll preserve an eye fixed out to see if this goes any additional.