T-Mobile Fires Up HSPA+ On 1900MHz in Kansas City
T-Mobile USA today announced that it has converted its 1900MHz coverage in Kansas City from EDGE 2.5G to HSPA+. Customers with unlocked devices in that market will be able to access 3G/4G speeds with devices such as the Apple iPhone. Earlier this year, T-Mobile did the same with its network in Las Vegas. Part of T-Mobile USA's LTE 4G plan requires that it refarm its 1900MHz PCS spectrum from 2G to 3G/4G services. It will continue to roll out 1900MHz service across its voice/data foorprint as it clears the way to use its 1700MHz AWS spectrum for LTE starting next 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.
Sprint Says Network Vision Is Basically Done
Sprint recently indicated that its years-long Network Vision project is coming to a close. Sprint's 1900MHz LTE network covers 260 million POPs, according to Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer, who made the comments at a Bank of America investor conference this week.
Verizon Starts Cannibalizing 3G Airwaves for LTE 4G
Verizon Wireless has begun testing the use of LTE 4G on its PCS spectrum, airwaves it primarily uses to operate its CDMA-EVDO 3G network, in Manhattan. GigaOm confirmed with Verizon that the company has begun to steal capacity from its 3G network in favor of 4G, though it is doing so slowly and in limited scope.
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.
Atlanta also got lit up with HSPA+ as well ...