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T-Mobile USA Targeting 2013 for LTE Launch

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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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Feb 23, 2012, 9:24 AM

Day late and a dollar short?

2013? So.....when Verizon finishes rolling out 4G LTE to their ENTIRE network footprint (aka-everywhere), T-Mobile will begin rolling out LTE? I wonder if they will role that out to just the large cities too like they do now with HSPA? So LTE, HSPA and 3G for the cities and maybe just EDGE for everywhere else still. Is this how they do business in Europe? I would imagine Telefonica, Vodafone, etc would wipe them out. Verizon will be all LTE, AT&T will be a blend LTE/3G, ditto with Sprint. I think T-Mobile should commit to building out their native data network big time and to eliminating EDGE for, as a minimum, 3G. Would be so nice if Google or someone with deep pockets & vision bought them off of DT.
In their defense, there is no rush to deploy LTE first. HSPA+ may not be as fast as LTE but it's better than 3G. LTE phones are expensive and suffer from terrible battery problems, but by 2013 , they will be cheaper and hopefully battery technology wi...
tether said:
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...
t-moble lost customer last quarter and they are the only carrier that lost customers! I dont know why the feds will not approve the buyout since the spectrum and bandwidth is all jammd up! the government can be stupid sometimes!
"T-Mobile plans to reduce the amount of 1900MHz PCS spectrum used for 2G GSM services and refarm -- or repurpose it -- for HSPA+ in the PCS band. By moving its 3G network services from its AWS spectrum (1700MHz) to its PCS spectrum, T-Mobile will free...

Feb 23, 2012, 4:58 PM

Day late due to at&t

You really think that if T-Mobile had this planned this whole time they have waited this long to announce it?

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.
But we blame AT&T for everything... unless we blame Sprint.... or Verizon. We need someone new to blame. Lol
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