Some of T-Mobile’s expanded LTE coverage accomplished through leased spectrum

Some of T-Mobile’s expanded LTE coverage accomplished through leased spectrum
T-Mobile has been making remarkable strides with its network, and in the span of two years, from zero-LTE to more than 250 million POPs covered.

If you ever wondered how a company as lean as T-Mobile was able to make that happen, one of the answers lies in spectrum leasing agreements the carrier has entered into with other companies.

T-Mobile confirmed that is has leased portions of its spectrum to other carriers as part of the strategy to expand LTE coverage overall. While not saying how many companies it has leased spectrum to, T-Mobile simply stated, “We're always exploring opportunities to enhance America's fastest 4G LTE network. Over the years, we've bought, sold and leased spectrum to roaming partners and we'll continue to discuss additional opportunities that will benefit our customers.” That strategy includes spectrum swaps and roaming agreements.

Basically, these leasing agreements let other carriers build out the network, while giving them access to T-Mobile’s other relationships including equipment vendors, and the carrier’s core network for roaming. Of course the arrangements are reciprocal, T-Mobile’s network is expanded, carrier partners can use the spectrum as well, and it keeps Team Magenta’s capital expenditures contained.

The agreements are a reflection of Verizon’s LTE in Rural America (LRA) program, in which Big Red has 21 carrier partners involved.

source: FierceWireless

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4 Comments

1. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

I'm rooting for you T-Mobile. Your coverage was the main reason why I didn't drop Verizon. Keep it up and by the end of this year I might make a switch for Cheistmas.

2. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

PA authors, I've noticed more and more recently that articles are not proofread before being published, because if they were, there wouldn't be so many spelling errors and grammar mistakes. For a tech news site at least review the article and sources thoroughly before publishing because these mistakes are adding up and might make some people start to question credibility.

3. Gawain

Posts: 439; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

I've read this article twice and don't see any glaring errors. What are you on about?

4. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Well it's been corrected now.

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