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T-Mobile buys low-frequency spectrum to reach more people and improve service

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T-Mobile buys low-frequency spectrum to reach more people and improve service
Although T-Mobile has been making leaps on the US wireless market, the quality of its service is still somewhat stigmatized when it comes to coverage out and indoor signal quality. Rest assured, the carrier isn't oblivious to the holes in its ship's hull. Following yesterday's good news about tripling its profits, T-Mobile announced the acquisition of more spectrum in the low-frequency 700 MHz band. Low-frequency signals penetrate through obstacles like walls and offer wider coverage.

The additional spectrum should extend T-Mobile's coverage footprint and improve signal strength inside buildings, and let the carrier reach an additional 48 million people over the next 12 to 18 months. Hopefully, there will be less dropped calls and stuttering videos.

the carrier wants to reach an additional 48 million people over the next 12 to 18 months.

T-Mo executives reflected that the low-frequency spectrum in use has helped the company with subscriber retention, getting it to the top of customer satisfaction surveys by companies like JD Power and Associates. "It's seems obvious, but this is one of the things that's driving up satisfaction and driving down churn," said CEO John Legere during T-Mobile's Wednesday earnings call.

Achievements aside, T-Mobile executives admit that the deals it's been making won't be enough to keep up with demand and give consumers the all-encompassing coverage they need wherever they go. For that, the carrier is hoping to acquire a significant amount of spectrum in the government's upcoming auction of airwaves taken from the TV broadcasters. But with the amount of additional bidders looking into grabbing a slice for themselves, the prices are likely to be high, which may tamper with T-Mobile's plans.

source: cnet

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posted on 18 Feb 2016, 04:32 6

1. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


Hey sprint, once this contract is up, you can officially suck it, everyone and I mean EVERYONE that has T in my town get's better signal, speed, and call quality than I do.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 08:06

6. Acdc1a (Posts: 130; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


Why wait?

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 01:05

15. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


Money

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 04:37 4

2. WillieFDiaz (Posts: 116; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It's nice to see that T-Mobile is making agreements, leases, and purchases of Band 12 spectrum just in case the Incentive Auction does not go as they plan.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 08:07

7. Acdc1a (Posts: 130; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


This is in addition to the Incentive Auction. They don't control enough 700 MHz to provide truly high speeds.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 10:35

10. DnB925Art (Posts: 966; Member since: 23 May 2013)


True, I think they only have 5X5 in Band 12.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 05:13 1

3. Pattyface (Posts: 1527; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


This is really the only issue I have with tmobile.. There coverage just isn't that good. Once they fix this issue can they keep prices down? They will gain customers in my household if they do.. But until then I'll keep paying for better coverage

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 08:08 3

8. Acdc1a (Posts: 130; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


Not sure where you live, but if it's in one of the Band 12 markets you owe it to yourself to try the service.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 17:52

13. Pattyface (Posts: 1527; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I'm not sure where band 12 areas are but I live in Ohio

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 21:28

14. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


As long as it's not in the greater area of either Columbus or of Toledo, you should have it. Otherwise, you live an area whose band 12 licenses were squatted and kept dark with the blessings of the FCC and with a middle finger to consumers.

But, you're right, T-mobile is not for everyone. But, if you stick to metropolitan areas and away from the boonies, you should be fine.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 05:46

4. JC557 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


This should help with wider spread and better building penetration (giggity!) which should improve service rather noticeably. This was always my beef with T-Mobile as I couldn't use my phone in certain sections of my house or work place due to thicker walls or lower under ground.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 07:18

5. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2241; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Sprint should just give up and sell their company.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 10:40

11. DnB925Art (Posts: 966; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Oh another Sprint hater! Sorry but Sprint has improved a lot lately. I have both T-Mo and Sprint, and in many places that T-Mo doesn't get service, I get at least talk and text with Sprint. Sure speeds may not be as fast as T-Mo on average, they are getting there, esp in certain areas with 2XCA, and soon to be 3XCA. Plus Sprint has a ton of high frequency 2.5Mhz spectrum for speed and capacity and plenty of low 800Mhz for coverage and building penetration. Besides they have added net post paid subscribers for the last 2 quarters.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 11:03

12. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2241; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Not a sprint hater, I just don't think they're going to reach Tmo,Att,and VZW's level that's all.

Sprint has agreements with other carriers to provide Talk and Text in lots of places, where I live sprint only has 2g or 3g and the 3g coverage is still spotty as hell but they have great Talk and Text coverage because they piggyback off of VZW.

Go look at a coverage map mate.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:12

9. XDAdam (Posts: 128; Member since: 03 Feb 2016)


Where did they purchase this spectrum from? It surprises me that TMo tried to get the government to halfway block AT&T and Verizon in the upcoming auction... but TMo is allowed to just buy random 700MHz spectrum without other carriers wanting to buy it?

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