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Top message:  No AWS HSPA? by terryjohnson16   Mar 15, 2013, 8:54 AM

Replying to:  Re: No AWS HSPA? by michael_herc   Mar 16, 2013, 12:28 PM


by WiWavelength    Mar 18, 2013, 10:12 AM

michael_herc said:
Tofuchong is right. T-Mobile is rapidly turning AWS UMTS off and switching over their UMTS network to PCS. AWS is going to be exclusively used by LTE only.

No, that is wrong. T-Mobile cannot just turn off AWS W-CDMA and move it over to PCS because T-Mobile still has millions of devices on the network that do not support PCS W-CDMA.

So, T-Mobile has acquired some new AWS spectrum for LTE and will refarm some of its existing AWS spectrum from W-CDMA to LTE. But T-Mobile will have to keep at least a single AWS W-CDMA carrier running in all existing markets for the next several years.


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