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T-Mobile Offers Progress Report On Wideband LTE Rollout

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Dec 15, 2014, 8:22 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Dec 15, 2014, 2:12 PM

T-Mobile today said it has expanded the availability of Wideband LTE service to a total of 26 major U.S. cities and 120 small metro areas. The newest additions include all of New York City, Long Island, and northern New Jersey. T-Mobile said central New Jersey and Westchester County, N.Y., will have Wideband LTE coverage very soon. According to T-Mobile, NYC customers are reporting peak download speeds of 100Mbps with average download speeds hovering around 22Mbps. "Wideband LTE" specifically refers to 15x2 or 20x2MHz LTE over T-Mobile's AWS or PCS spectrum, depending on the market in question.


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Dec 15, 2014, 9:59 AM


So AT&T it's the only one not using this kind of marketing gimmicks?
gfondeur said:
So AT&T it's the only one not using this kind of marketing gimmicks?

They just say they have the strongest signal or something like that.
Actually AT&T is using a gimmick, they are calling theirs LTE-Advanced. The term alone is real, but the network portion they claim is advanced is not really fully implemented.

They are doing carrier aggregation in select cities like Chicago, where...

Dec 15, 2014, 10:55 AM

this information is incorrect

T-Mobile's "wideband" has nothing to do with their 700Mhz deployment or with dual band or paired spectrum. It refers to their ability to deploy 20Mhz-wide chunks of spectrum for LTE in the PCS or AWS bands in those areas where tmo owns sufficient amounts of contiguous spectrum to make that happen.

As for NYC, while tmo owns a 700Mhz license in that market, that spectrum is unusable due to the presence of TV channel 51. It will probably be 2017 or later before that channel is moved thus allowing tmo to utilize their 700Mhz spectrum in that market (i.e after the incentive auction).
That's what I thought. And I also believe that Verizon's XLTE refers to their AWS spectrum, and I guessed it meant Extra LTE.
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