T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray reports on the state of the carrier's network

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray reports on the state of the carrier's network
T-Mobile CEO John Legere has a pair of hard working lieutenants in COO Mike Sievert and CTO Neville Ray. Today, it was the latter who posted on T-Mobile's blog, reporting on the state of the carrier's network at the end 2015. For the year, Ray reports that T-Mobile has doubled the reach of its LTE signal to 304 million Americans. T-Mobile's Extended Range LTE, which uses low frequency 700MHz spectrum that travels farther and penetrates buildings better, is now in over 300 markets and is supported by 18 devices. The operator's Wideband LTE, which stitches together multiple spectrum bands, is up and running across the country, providing speeds as fast as 150Mbps.

Ray also mentions some of the innovations that T-Mobile brought to the industry this year, such as Music Freedom and Binge On,which allow subscribers to stream music and video from certain providers without it counting against their monthly data allowances. The executive also points out that nearly 40% of all phone calls made by T-Mobile customers are made using VoLTE.


For 2015, Ray says that T-Mobile will continue to extend the T-Mobile network into new areas, increasing speed and capacity of the pipeline. He also briefly mentions 5G, telling consumers not to be "distracted by certain carriers teasing premature promises of 5G today." He is referring to Verizon announcing that it would conduct 5G field trials in 2016, and have some level of commercial deployment in 2017. T-Mobile's CTO points out that technical standards for 5G do not yet exist. 

source: T-Mobile

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23 Comments

1. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

As usual T-Mobile continues to lead in drop calls up and down the westcoast and continues to not have service outside of city limits. Tmobile = har har har

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I Have Service And I Live Outside Of City Limits, I Also Have Never Had A Dropped Call.

18. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

You are an exception to the rule, congrats.

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

YAY ME.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Depends on state and area, my entire state is nearly covered in some form of roaming or full coverage, and along the highway its nearly 100%.

9. RandysBuddy

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Yeah, it really is terrible coverage. Since I updated my iPhone, Siri actually says I "Try Again when you have a better Cellular Carrier" Because Siri wants a "carrier" now, I guess she doesn't mean an "un-carrier". :-/

19. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Sounds about right

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

wow i just switched from sprint to tmo since i was always dropping and not data and speed lte speeds of .02mb could not even load web pages so i feel for you if that how it is on the west coast.

21. syed_itsa

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

Yes you are right. They are talking about LTE OR data Even they dont have coverage in most of the areas. I switched from other carrier now I think it was not a good switch. I will go back to my OLD carrier after my visit to asia

3. TheOriginal

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

ive been satisfied so far... my only complaint is that my oneplus 2 work great on lte in my very small town for a month and now all of a sudden it only works outdoors... oh well no instagram on my breaks. All they say is that they dont support non tmobile devices but it would be the same anywhere else so Im not hating.

10. RandysBuddy

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

T-Mobile's Kathleen Bacon-Sausage was in a PR release about that very pain point problem. I think it was to released online because this way, if you print it out, you may be able to get out your contract. If you do a Google Search for the article you should find it. The article title is "T-Mobile: Our network has trouble with building walls and long distances" We ran into the same thing with a family plan. For over 7 years we've been loyal customers. But T-Mobile's new leadership recently cancelled a roaming agreement which delivered service to us for over 7 years. Because T-Mobile cancelled the coverage, we now have a gap in coverage; about 3/4 of a mile until we get home and on WiFi calling.

16. TheOriginal

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

i dont have a contract, im not switching for now bc i respect for the most part what tmobile is doing (i love an underdog) and also Im only going to be here for maybe a year longer at the most and plan on moving to a bigger city where it wont be a problem

4. dragon76

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

The thing is if you live in an area where T-Mobile has LTE coverage then I don't believe that they can be beat. I however live in an area that has real spotty LTE and absolutely no coverage in several of the areas that I travel regularly. Verizon is the king in my area followed by the Queen AT&T but you pay a premium for the better coverage or you can take you chances with Sprint and T-Mobile. I have had both and found that if you had Google's Project fi you would easily be placed perfectly between The King and Queen.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Band 12 700MHz is great (at least, I assume it is, it hasn't reached AZ yet), but they need some more/different lower bandwidth spectrum that doesn't have FCC issues with ancient UHF TV channels. I mean, Chicago will never get band 12, and from what I understand, that's a heavily populated area.

6. stuck_788

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

LOL... here in the US they talk like 150mbps is a great speed... in Europe the speed is 300mpbs already and a much better coverage, with much lower prices... wake US... you're far from "good"

12. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Don't be a hater when you live in a country with barely electricity.

13. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Europe has real 4g lte up to 4g standards. No carrier in the US is up to 4g standards. Maybe our 5g will be up to 4g standards in the rest of the world.

14. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

even though i agree with our internet/carrier slacking in internet, We also have 3.8 MILLION square miles to cover!!!!!!!!!!!! ONLY Russia comes close to the same size. The next biggest country in Europe is ukaine LOL at only 250,000 miles of land. that is 15 ukaines compared to the u.s LOL

15. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

We had this chat before. You can't compare land area in Europe vs the U.S. Texas alone is larger than two European countries combined. It easier to heat a small house vs a mansion, more challenging.

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

That is good to hear. Question, which carrier, what price plan, what phone (contract or non) and what country/city. For source/research

7. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

That guy looks like megamind.

8. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I also spent some time in other countries. The previous poster is correct. USA speed is terrible. Oh and by the way it's got ZERO to do with competition. USA has more carriers and MVNO's then anyone.

17. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

MVNO's dont count because they dont have their own network they rent from 4 big carriers (5 if u count U.S Cellular)

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