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T-Mobile brings fiber service to Florida, Minnesota

A T-Mobile sign in front of a retail store in downtown Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Matthew Keys for The Desk)
A T-Mobile sign in front of a retail store in downtown Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Matthew Keys for The Desk)

Wireless provider T-Mobile has brought its land-based fiber Internet service to new markets in Florida and Minnesota, according to a report.

Last Friday, industry publication Fierce Telecom received information from Wave7 Research principal analyst Jeff Moore that T-Mobile quietly debuted fiber-based service in Pinellas County, Florida and the St. Cloud metropolitan area in Minnesota.

Moore described the rollout as a “modest effort” that was intended to help T-Mobile better understand fiber broadband, “not a brad effort to sell broadband.”

“[T-Mobile CEO] Mike Sievert recently described this effort as ‘capital-light,’ and I think that’s the correct context,” Moore said.

Rather than going at its fiber efforts alone, T-Mobile appears to be partnering with existing fiber providers to bring a white label, land-based broadband service to market. T-Mobile previously partnered with fiber service providers to offer land-based products in Wisconsin, Colorado and New York state.

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