T-Mobile LTE network will hit 100 million people by mid-2013
0. phoneArena 08 Jan 2013, 20:11 posted on
T-Mobile has been announcing some pretty solid things during its CES press conference, and along with plans for unlimited data without a contract, nationwide HD voice, and new "enhanced" HSPA+ networks, T-Mobile has laid out the plans for its LTE build-out. The plan is to have T-Mobile's LTE network be made available to 100 million people by mid-2013, and 200 million people by the end of 2013...
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1. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1025; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
the important question will be................what will make Tmobile's LTE network different than the others when it comes to rate plans!! I like AT&T's network over the others, but if Tmobile's LTE-network is strong enough to handle its own, then id consider switching
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10312; Member since: 14 May 2012)
If T-Mobile uses LTE Advanced like they said they were, then T-Mobile will be the carrier to offer the fastest data speeds available in the U.S.
2. ajac09 (Posts: 1480; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Unlimited LTE? hmmm I may make the jump if I can use my AT&T phone on it
8. bigdawg23 (Posts: 437; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Be sure to zoom closely on the map. All looks good than zoom shows a lot of 2G service. In Minnesota once you venture out of Minneapolis/St Paul coverage goes south quickly. I travel the Midwest and Verizon and AT&T are king. I have AT&T and they do great. All the carriers should be embarrassed with the cover just past La Crosse on I90 down to the Dells. Verizon has a lot of no data coverage, AT&T rolls to 2G.
As for you AT&T phone depends on the phone. In the case of the Note 1, yes with a mod you will replace the radio and see the full T-Mo network frequency.
12. CellieCell (Posts: 111; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)
I have a feeling T-Mobile will continue to offer lower rates and offer the best value as always. ever since they became T-mobile, they've always seem to give more for less 'T-Mobile get more", "value plans", and of course Unlimited Data :) weather is throttling or no throttling.
14. ajac09 (Posts: 1480; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
and it looks like T-mobile is using 1700 for there LTE which works with AT&T so another plus. I hope T-mobile can plug its coverage holes though thats the one reason I've never thought about going to them.
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10312; Member since: 14 May 2012)
T-mobile needs to light up Chicago with LTE. As soon as they do, I'm buying a Note II or Galaxy S IV.
6. BReND0 (Posts: 74; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
I work construction and during my lay off i Been working for a contracting company that has been handling the the Tmobile Modernization project. Hanging new antennas and LTE antennas all around Philadelphia , Buffalo , Syracuse , Albany, and parts of Northern Jersey. The chips are in but the lte antenna are a contracted for later hook up. But i say bay mid to late 2013 Id say half those cities will be lit up. The modernization project is putting up newer more power UMTS/3g network upgrade. Will keep fellow phone arena followers posted
7. BReND0 (Posts: 74; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Sorry for the crap grammer. Just started using an iphone and hate the predictive texting.......but Ericcson make all the antenna and There are crews in boston as well
16. nacho69 (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Good to see another tower guy here brother. I am also a tower climber/foreman/line/fiber tester/Closeout guy in the Southwest US area. Here's the low down on the 4 big carriers LTE networks, all of these carriers have/or will have AAV(fiber telco) to their sites for LTE either through a direct line or microwaved in. AT&T is using coax(copper cables either 7/8" or 1 5/8") for their 2G and 3G(UMTS/hspa), and has fiber being ran up the tower for LTE into a RRU, then a short copper "jumper" around 6' to the antenna. Verizon is using all coax for 3G and LTE and even using the same lines for both by splitting them using "diplexers", which isn't the best long term setup, but is how they rolled out LTE so fast using existing lines, but also requiring a PIM test along with the standard sweep test for the coax, the good thing is this is being done to every 3G site so they'll cover their entire 3G footprint with LTE. Sprint is doing a mixture of two things: first scenario, ground mounted RRU's which have fiber ran around 10'-20' from the cabinet to the RRU, then using existing coax up the tower to the antennas, second scenario, fiber being ran up the tower to the RRU's then a copper jumper to the antenna. The good thing is that sprint will have the 3G using the AAV fiber telco as well which should get that around peak speeds. Tmobile will have fiber ran up the tower on every site. The modernization involves a couple scenarios with the two main ones being: 1. 6012 cabinet running the 2G edge, 3G UMTS, 4g single/dual carrier hspa+, and LTE all through the "Hybrid cable"(which has 9 power cables and 18 fiber cables inside) which connects to straight to the MIMO antenna, 2. Running the hybrid cable up the tower and adding a RRU and one antenna per sector for LTE only and keeping the existing 2g/3G the same(like AT&T's setup). Personally I have Verizon service since I have a grandfathered unlimited plan and because of their vast LTE coverage. T-mobile and AT&T will only cover major ares with LTE, and leave small towns and interstate highways with 2g/3G. Verizon and sprint will cover the same major areas and the interstate highways and small towns with LTE. But it still comes down to coverage where your at, and your budget. Hope this helps.
9. andersensam (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
Best part: TMo's LTE is compatible with the Nexus 4
10. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Yes Sir, People can say whatever they please about T-mobile it doesn't matter. Just be ready to be hearing a lot for T-Mobile in 2013. With it's LTE AVANCED 10 NETWORK backhauled to HSPA PLUS 42 it's all a win win situation for all of us T-Mobile customers. My Galaxy Note 2 is waiting here in New York City for that LTE update in the summer. With unlimited data it's nothing but big time fun I am having on my Note 2....
11. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Too bad I won't get none of that LTE goodness for another 2 years...
13. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4250; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Let northern Florida be one of the first please, T-Mo :)