T-Mobile Details HSPA+ and LTE Network Upgrade Progress
T-Mobile USA today took to its company blog to provide a progress report on its network modernization efforts. To start, T-Mobile says it has all the networking agreements in place and the necessary zoning required to improve the bilk of its 37,000 cell sites around the country. By the end of June, 400 of T-Mobile's GSM/HSPA+ sites will have upgraded networking equipment and that number will swell to more than 2,500 sites by the end of July. T-Mobile is also testing HSPA+ service on its 1900MHz spectrum in several test locations. T-Mobile says that some customers will see HSPA+ service become available from time to time on unlocked iPhones, for example, as it continues to test this networking switch. T-Mobile expects to launch HSPA+ 4G service on its iPhone-compatible 1900MHz spectrum in "a large number of markets" later this year. Last, T-Mobile said that it has already begin trials of its forthcoming LTE network (using 3GPP Release-10 gear), which is still on track for launch in 2013.
T-Mobile Talks Up Coverage Improvements, iPhone Deals
T-Mobile said it has doubled the number of square miles covered by its LTE network over the last year, according to a blog post written by CEO John Legere. T-Mobile is on track to blanket another 600,000 square miles of area with LTE by the end of the year.
T-Mobile Cutting HSPA+ from Its AWS Spectrum
T-Mobile is more aggressively transitioning its HSPA+/UMTS service from its 1700 MHz AWS-1 spectrum to its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum. Moving HSPA+ service to 1900 MHz clears up more room in the 1700 MHz band for LTE.
MetroPCS CDMA Network Shutdown On Track for June 21
MetroPCS plans to switch off its legacy CDMA network on June 21. MetroPCS parent T-Mobile says about 190,000 customers are still using CDMA handsets in the three markets that offer CDMA coverage, down from 300,000 about a month ago.
AT&T Targets Late 2018 for Consumer Mobile 5G Launch
AT&T today said it expects to launch commercial mobile 5G service in a dozen markets by late 2018. The company claims it will be the first U.S.
How do you know when you are using 1900 HSPA+ ?
When I'm connected to a network using 1900, It displays a 3G. Further inspection from the menu stats that the ph...