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T-Mobile To Repurpose EDGE Network for LTE Expansion

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Mar 13, 2014, 8:19 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Mar 13, 2014, 8:29 AM

T-Mobile today revealed more details about the growth of its LTE network. According to T-Mobile, its LTE now covers 210 million people in 273 metro areas nationwide, with its HSPA+ network covering 230 million. T-Mobile said its LTE network will reach 230 million people by mid-year and 250 million by year's end. Right now, T-Mobile is deploying LTE on its AWS spectrum assets. The company today said that it will begin upgrading the remainder of its 2G/EDGE network with LTE 4G. T-Mobile expects about half of its 2G/EDGE network will be converted to LTE by the end of the year, with the rest following by mid-2015. Last, the company said it plans to begin deploying LTE in the 700MHz A Block spectrum as soon as the transaction with Verizon Wireless is complete. Verizon agreed to sell T-Mobile a wide swath of 700MHz late last year. T-Mobile didn't say when the transaction will close. T-Mobile claims to cover 96% of Americans with its network, be it EDGE, HSPA+, or LTE. Once these network upgrades are completed in 2015, T-Mobile will offer LTE in the 700MHz, 1700MHz, and 1900MHz bands.

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Mar 13, 2014, 3:49 PM

No PCS LTE Devices

It's too little too late as very few of their current devices support PCS LTE. The iPhone, Nexus 5, and S4, can do it.
The question is how many of those other devices can be updated with firmware OTA to support that band.

Mar 13, 2014, 10:23 AM

Machine to Machine Services and Affiliates

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...
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.
My guess is we're getting a bigger snow job than my city just received in western New York. 🙂

John B.
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....
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