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T-Mobile cancels 5G upgrades and new builds nationwide, possibly crippling some contractors

Beginning last Friday, contractors started getting calls from T-Mobile’s market managers informing them that most purchase orders they had for new builds and 5G upgrades were going to be put on hold until 2020 unless materials for the project were sitting in a warehouse.

The news came as a shock to many wireless contracting companies that had been counting on fourth quarter builds to maintain their increased staffing required for T-Mobile’s ambitious buildout of the past eight months.

One contractor informed Wireless Estimator that the canceled POs represented approximately $700,000 for his mid-sized company and he had no way of supplementing additional income.

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