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T-Mobile 95% done refarming 1900MHz spectrum; carrier delayed by Sandy

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T-Mobile 95% done refarming 1900MHz spectrum; carrier delayed by Sandy
T-Mobile's CTO Neville Ray

T-Mobile's CTO Neville Ray

Despite a delay caused by Hurricane Sandy, T-Mobile has completed refarming 95% of its 1900MHz spectrum for HSPA+. That's the word from Neville Ray, the CTO for the nation's fourth largest carrier who was speaking at the 4G World trade show. HSPA+ allows the spectrum to be used for 4G speeds as fast as 42Mbps in some areas. A test conducted last summer by PC Magazine found 11 areas of the country where T-Mobile's HSPA+42Mbps service provided users with faster data speeds than Verizon's LTE network. If not for Sandy, Ray would have talked more about T-Mobile's service in these markets. "We would have talked more about those markets today, but Hurricane Sandy made it not feasible," Ray said. T-Mobile recently introduced the new 1900MHz HSPA+ signal in Las Vegas and in Kansas City and will have more markets ready to go by the end of the year.

Ray also took the time to update the public on T-Mobile's operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, In Washington D.C., the carrier is more than 90% operational while that figure is above 80% in New York City. Additionally, he showed those assembled at the show a video about the merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The video, which the executive says "sets the record straight" on the deal, will be released to the public next week. Ray said the merger is not so much an integration of networks as it is about the migration of MetroPCS customers to T-Mobile's network. Since 60% of MetroPCS customers upgrade their handset every year, he sees the migration being completed by 2015. Ray added that T-Mobile will improve the experience for MetroPCS customers, including those that want high-end  LTE enabled phones, and noted that two companies are better than one.

The CTO is overseeing a quick modernization of T-Mobile's network before the mobile operator starts rolling out its LTE pipeline next year. T-Mobile is the only carrier among the top four in the country not to offer LTE service.

source: FierceWireless

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posted on 01 Nov 2012, 11:33 3

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Well that was pretty fast....

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 21:39

11. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

What a snitch bitch Neville ray is!
I'd like 2 see some1 do that to Neville and see how he likes being as hated as she is at work rite now

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 07:08

12. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)

In the great city of New York Tmobile pimp slaps all carriers..

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 10:09

13. archangel9 (Posts: 233; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)

Impressive. Tmobile not playing with you guys .HSPA+ is as fast as Verizon,ATT and now is the only one getting service in NYC after Sandy. Wishing well for everyone up there inc.friends of mines in NY.NJ.

Glad to be on Tmo..

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 11:33 1

2. DeviantDroid (Posts: 51; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)

whats a merfer????

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 11:46 1

3. gwhyte01 (Posts: 44; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)

A merfer is strange word derived from the English author ADRIANIS F-ICUS. 1IN 1862....na just kidding...its just a mistake merfer.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 12:17

4. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

Hmm still only getting Edge on my Galaxy Note in Boston...

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 13:00 3

7. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)

The hurricane did a lot of damage to towers out in that area and they may have taken a precaution and still shut down the HSPA+ towers so they won't get overloaded. Also, TMo and AT&T have joined forces to open up their networks to share roaming for everyone for free. Be glad you still have cell phone service, there are a lot on the east coast that don't.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 12:28 4

5. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Hm... 95%... Really...?

T-Mo should create a coverage map for their 1900mhz.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 12:58 1

6. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)

Since your comment leaves little info on what you think they mean by 95%, let me esplain(best spainard accent). They are 95% COMPLETE with the roll out of the refarm. There really isn't any extended coverage. Just bolstering areas already widely used. The plan is to make it a great experience for our iPhone users and to also make the transition a little easier for MetroPCS ones. Hope that clarifies it!

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 13:06 3

8. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

I understand that there isn't any extended coverage.

I think it's in iPhone users and unlocked phone users' interest
to know where 1900 mhz will be available to them.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 12:03

15. derFunkenstein (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)

I agree. My wife has an iPhone on T-mobile and in our area she's still on EDGE. She's not unhappy but it'd be nice ot know if that means that pretty much everyone who is going to get 1900Mhz already has it or what.

It'd also be nice to know if pentaband phones that suppord both AWS and PCS will just join the less-congested network automatically or what.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 13:56

9. simplyj (Posts: 406; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)

still waiting on San Antonio T-Mo!

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 14:44 3

10. Hammerfest (Posts: 384; Member since: 12 May 2012)

Same here....

San Antonio T-Mo spotty at best...

Then again, for an AT&T sponsered area (the arena's and sports centers), there are plunty of spots where AT&T doesnt get s**t for signal

posted on 02 Nov 2012, 11:16

14. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

TMobile spotty everywhere. I live in CT, all four carrier present, and not in a rural area. Certain areas reception is great; now navigate a mile Noth or South, you get only edge. I tolerate carrier, due to its lower price. But is true what they say, you get what you pay for. My SGNx for the most part voice is pretty good. Just in case, I keep a basic phone with Verizon, and glad I did during the storm.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 23:06

16. tmobile3960 (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

Just had some H+ showing up on my unlocked Galaxy Note 2 in San Diego!!
Very exciting. Download tests between 6 and 9mb and upload about 1mb. PHone is only capable of H+21 not 42 so I am very happy with those numbers. Hopefully this wasnt just testing and this is live for real this time!

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