T-Mobile USA Targeting 2013 for LTE Launch
Feb 23, 2012, 7:51 AM by Eric M. Zeman
T-Mobile USA today reported its 2011 fourth quarter and full year earnings and said that it will launch an LTE 4G network starting in 2013. The company said it will use a combination of new spectrum gained from AT&T in addition to new spectrum purchases, and will refarm some of its existing spectrum assets to support the new 4G network. It also said that it will revitalize its role as a challenger to larger rivals with competitive device and service offerings. T-Mobile saw its revenue drop 3.3% during the quarter to $20.6 billion. Total churn increased from 3.5% to 4.0% and the company lost a total of 802,000 customers during the fourth quarter. Its total customer base at the end of 2011 — including both post/pre-paid — was 33.2 million.
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Day late and a dollar short?
I think T-Mobile should commit to building out their native data network big time and to eliminating EDGE for, as a minimum, 3G.
So you are recommending that they disenfranchise existing customers with...
Day late due to at&t
It is very, very obvious that the acquisition process that T-Mobile went through when at&t was trying to buy them would have stopped any network upgrade / rollout plans, or announcements. Probably by more than a year.
You want to blame somebody for this? Blame at&t.