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T-Mobile To Repurpose EDGE Network for LTE Expansion

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Machine to Machine Services and Affiliates


Mar 13, 2014, 10:23 AM
So is T-mobile getting out of Machine to Machine services business that typically rely on GPRS/EDGE or other legacy data services?

What about affiliates like, for example, i Wireless that steadfastly refuses to upgrade huge swaths of its coverage area in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois to anything beyond EDGE?

Does this mean they will finally have 100% of their native network transitioned from 2G/3G and onto HSPA+ and or LTE?

The article headline says: "T-mobile to Repurpose EDGE Network for LTE Expansion" but the article says: "T-Mobile claims to cover 96% of Americans with its network, be it EDGE, HSPA+, or LTE." implying that EDGE will continue to be available in some areas and that this is a continuation of their previous re...
Eric M. Zeman

Mar 13, 2014, 11:07 AM
We've reached out to T-Mobile to get a detailed explanation of exactly what's going on with its GPRS/EDGE networks. We'll update the article (or the comments) as soon as we hear anything.

Mar 13, 2014, 11:51 AM
My guess is we're getting a bigger snow job than my city just received in western New York. Smile

John B.
Eric M. Zeman

Mar 13, 2014, 1:56 PM
Here's the official response from T-Mobile:

This year, we will start lighting up the 1900MHz PCS spectrum with LTE, as well as continue to push LTE on AWS spectrum. Some of the 1900MHz being used for LTE comes from T-Mobile's purchase of MetroPCS. Also, once the 700 MHz A-Block spectrum acquisition transaction closes, we anticipate we will begin rollout rapidly. A significant portion of the license is un-encumbered and can be used right away after the deal closes (e.g. Philadelphia, Washington, DC). We are very excited about the breadth and kind of coverage we can provide with this spectrum.

Mar 13, 2014, 2:53 PM
That's interesting that they are putting LTE on 1900 (as well as the 1700 where they already have it).

I have the HTC One on T-Mobile, and according to Phonescoop, the T-Mobile version of this phone does not support LTE on 1900.

Mar 13, 2014, 3:17 PM
Isn't AT&T's LTE run on 1900? I would imagine they want to make their network more cross-compatible. T-Mobile has several nice phones, but I would LOVE to be able to grab, say, a Lumia 1520 from AT&T and bring it over to my T-Mobile account without loosing all access to 4G.

Mar 13, 2014, 5:10 PM
The 1900 LTE comes from when they gained MetroPCS also with converting there EDGE Network which is on 1900mhz.

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