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T-Mobile to beef up its LTE network with spectrum from Verizon

T-Mobile to beef up its LTE network with spectrum from Verizon
One of T-Mobile's New Year's resolutions was "4G LTE - go faster, go LOUD". We're not so sure about the going "LOUD" part of it, but we're getting news about how T-Mobile is planning to extend coverage and maybe even boost speeds. T-Mobile has announced a deal to purchase some unused 700 MHz spectrum from Verizon in order to beef up its LTE network.

The deal will have T-Mobile paying $2.365 billion in cash and transfering certain AWS and PCS spectrum licenses, which are reportedly worth approximately $950 million to Verizon in exchange for 700 MHz A-Block spectrum licenses. The new spectrum will cover approximately 158 million people in major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Detroit. The press release for the deal says that it will lead to T-Mobile "having important low-band spectrum in 9 of the top 10 and 21 of the top 30 markets across the United States", so it sounds like the deal is to beef up LTE offerings in major markets rather than extending coverage to new areas, which is more of a customer "pain point" for T-Mobile users. 

The transfer of the spectrum isn't expected to go through until Q4 of 2014, but it will definitely help to strengthen the UNcarrier's LTE offerings in some of the busiest regions of the country. 

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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 10:02

1. Killertech2099 (Posts: 143; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Sounds good to me we need more lite

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 10:19

2. hurrycanger (Posts: 1294; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I still cannot really take advantage of LTE yet. It's blazing fast in my area, but when my phone has LTE on (either auto or lte only), it gets troubles with text messages all the time and sometimes it doesn't receive calls. :/

Anyway. This is good news.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 14:27

10. PersianHobo (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


you can't make/receive calls over LTE!!! *face palm* LTE is only for data for the time being

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 10:47

3. sniper1087 (Posts: 408; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


20mhz is where its at we need those channels upgraded and we will see huge amounts of improvement, maybe speeds of up to 70 down.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 12:13 1

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8923; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I already get 40mbps in Chicago. Not complaining at all.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 12:33 2

5. mike2959 (Posts: 281; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


This sounds great... However, when was the last time anyone seen a cell tower go up? If you say there's a bunch of mini sites etc... Check the FCC website. There's very little of those as well. Look at a coverage map from 3 years ago... Very little coverage improvements, speed yeah sure, coverage not so much.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 13:00

6. joseram695 (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 May 2012)


The speeds are awsome by Detroit I get 59mbps down load and 20mbps upload on my S4.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 13:23

8. Augustine (Posts: 802; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I had no signal bars at DTW and had to walk around until I found signal. In some places around Detroit, I got speeds over 30Mbps, but at others, not even 2G (Oxford, MI). Inside stores at the Somerset mall, no signal at all. Mind you, in all these places, family members with AT&T had a strong signal.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a satisfied T-mobile customer, but outside my home town there are some incredibly blind spots. This announcement is good news, but it'll probably take months to get the equipment installed and operating. But only if T-mobile is not sold, when this kind of capital investment is usually halted.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 13:20

7. milesboy5 (Posts: 170; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


I want to switch so badly to T-Mobile, but unfortunately until im done with college I will probably stay with Verizon. Hopefully in that time-span Tmobile continues to expand their LTE market or even better VoLTE

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 14:26

9. PersianHobo (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


why wait? Verizon is included with your student loans? lol

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 23:36

11. milesboy5 (Posts: 170; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


or maybe since Im in college Im still under my parents plan

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