MetroPCS Sprinkling EVDO Onto 20% of Cell Towers
MetroPCS has indicated that it is upgrading a little under 20% of its cell towers with EVDO 3G in order to supplement its CDMA 1x coverage. MetroPCS CFO Braxton Carter said that the company will invest about $100 million in the upgrades, which will be complete by the end of the year. MetroPCS operates a CDMA 1x network and had initially planned to skip 3G services entirely in favor of LTE. The company's LTE network is up and running in a few markets, and there are two handsets available for it. Though MetroPCS wants more customers to switch to LTE, Carter admitted that they don't expect most customers to make the switch until the prices for LTE devices and services drop. Carter didn't indicate which markets will have access to the EVDO 3G cell towers.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Cellular to Sell 595 Cell Towers for $159 Million
U.S. Cellular today said it has agreed to sell 595 of its cell towers to Vertical Bridge Holdings for $159 million.