MetroPCS to Cover 95% of Footprint with LTE by 3rd Quarter
MetroPCS today said that it expects to cover 95% of its current CDMA network footprint with LTE by end of the third quarter of the year. It also expects that it will have inexpensive LTE smartphones (sub-$150) available before the back-to-school shopping season. The company surpassed 580,000 4G LTE subscribers, representing more than 6% of total customers, during the first quarter of the year. MetroPCS expects the combination of lower LTE handset cost, LTE network availability, and LTE service plan pricing to draw in more customers in the latter part of the year. The company is also banking on VoLTE as a product offering later this year, and believes its forthcoming VoLTE service will match its current CDMA voice capabilities by 2013. The company said that it finished the first quarter of the year with a total of 9.5 million customers and $2.2 billion in cash, some of which it will use for potential spectrum acquisitions.
T-Mobile Nearly Done Integrating MetroPCS
T-Mobile today said it has migrated the majority of MetroPCS customers off the company's legacy CDMA network and onto its own LTE network. T-Mobile says fewer than 500,000 MetroPCS customers are still using the CDMA network.
Sprint Touts Network Progress
Sprint today offered a snapshot of the progress it has made deploying LTE around the country. According to its fourth quarter earnings, Sprint's LTE network now reaches 270 million POPs, up from 260 million in the previous quarter.
MetroPCS CDMA Network to Go Dark in June
T-Mobile intends to shutter MetroPCS' legacy CDMA network by late June, according to information on the carrier's web site. The company recently said it had three major metro markets — and about 500,000 customers — still using its CDMA network.
U.S. Cellular to Trial VoLTE
U.S. Cellular said it will begin testing VoLTE in a handful of markets later this year.