T-Mobile USA Planning to Deploy LTE, Eventually
T-Mobile USA CEO Philip Humm indicated that the company will eventually transition its cellular data network to Long Term Evolution 4G, though it doesn't see the need to make that move immediately. Speaking to AllThingsD, Humm explained, "LTE has the advantage on the long haul; it is more effective spectrum utilization. That’s only something which will help (over) the long haul. You are talking about maybe in three, four five years. We're not against LTE. We will over time evolve to LTE. We just don’t see a need to move there very fast." He said that the company currently doesn't have the spectrum it needs for LTE, but believe that will change over time. Humm also noted that the company is going to move forward with its value plans and hopes to appeal to customers looking for the best service for the dollar.
T-Mobile Rolling Out LTE-U
T-Mobile today said it is beginning to upgrade its 4G network with LTE-U this spring. LTE-U allows LTE to operate on the unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band, which is typically reserved for WiFi.
T-Mobile Touts Network Milestones
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray took to the company's blog today to share news of the Uncarrier's LTE network. The company says its LTE 4G footprint grew by almost 1 million square miles during 2015 and is available to 304 million Americans.
AT&T Targeting Summer Launch for LTE in WCS Spectrum
AT&T plans to begin deploying LTE service in its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum holdings this summer. AT&T acquired some WCS spectrum from NextWave in 2012 and more from Sprint in 2014.
AT&T Shut Down Its 2G Network On Jan. 1
AT&T confirmed in a blog post that it has fully retired its 2G network. The move had been in the works for years.
Verizon to Cut Off Certain Customers Who Exceed 100GB Per Month
Verizon Wireless confirmed plans to disconnect select customers who consume more than 100 GB of mobile data per month. Verizon is specifically targeting customers who have grandfathered-in unlimited data plans and are taking advantage to use extreme amounts of data.
I don't see--
But, whatever--HSPA+ is plenty fast. And they're expanding this coverage very quickly.