T-Mobile Talks Up Plans for 700MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile today revealed what it expects to do with the 700MHz spectrum it recently acquired from Verizon Wireless. The company said this block of spectrum covers 158 million Americans, or 9 of the top 10 - and 21 of the top 30 - markets around the country. Some of the major metro areas include New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Washington D.C., and Detroit. T-Mobile will deploy LTE on its 700MHz spectrum in order to supplement its existing LTE network. It expects to light up its first 700MHz markets before the end of the year. T-Mobile say it already has 10x10MHz 4G LTE in 43 of the top 50 metro areas, with download speeds in those areas maxing out at 72 Mbps. Further, T-Mobile has already begun deployments of wideband LTE with 15x15MHz and 20x20MHz, which it claims will eventually provide download speeds up to 147Mbps. Most major network operators have launched LTE across significant portions of the country. With build-outs complete, operators are turning to improved coverage and speeds in order to lure in customers.
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.
Verizon Adding Carrier Aggregation to 20x20MHz Channels
Verizon Wireless is upgrading its LTE network with several different technologies meant to boost capacity and speeds. Mike Haberman, Verizon's VP of network support, said the company is deploying carrier aggregation in its 20x20MHz channels.
T-Mobile Turns On 700MHz Service in Miami
T-Mobile today said LTE is now available on its Band 12 700MHz spectrum throughout the greater Miami area. T-Mobile is marketing such service as "Extended Range LTE" thanks to the signal propagation characteristics of 700MHz, which travels farther distances and penetrates buildings more easily.
AT&T Finally Using WCS Spectrum for LTE; Will Test LTE-U
AT&T has begun deploying LTE on its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum in a handful of markets around the country. Earlier this year, AT&T said it would begin the deployment by summer, and it is just meeting that commitment.
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