T-Mobile USA signs its first US LTE roaming agreement

T-Mobile USA signs its first US LTE roaming agreement
In what may be the first of several agreements, T-Mobile signed its first domestic LTE roaming deal with GCI Communications, Inc. If you have not heard of GCI, that is forgivable as it is one of the smaller regional carriers with operations in Alaska.

GCI is majority owner of the Alaska Wireless Network, with a little over 250,000 customers, all of whom benefit from the LTE roaming deal as it means T-Mobile and GCI subscribers will be able to use the other carrier's faster data networks when traveling.

GCI did not disclose terms of the agreement, but it certainly earns a feather in its cap now that it can say it can assure coverage from Fairbanks, Alaska to Miami, Florida. A T-Mobile spokesman said that it is “looking forward to launching additional LTE roaming services with more of our roaming partners in the near future.”

Alaska may not strike some as an ideal place to tout LTE roaming deals, but does more than just provide expanded coverage, it also allows the carriers to work through any technical challenges since a significant portion of AWN’s incumbent 3G network is CDMA. For existing GSM/HSPA roaming partners, the common platform makes for common network management principles.

Heather Stacey, Director of Business Development for T-Mobile, said that Team Magenta will be announcing more LTE roaming agreements with other carriers in the “near future.”

source: Light Reading

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7 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This news is older than the White House..

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Maybe they forgot in over the 100 iPhone 6-related articles they've been drafting up recently. -__-

3. Gawain

Posts: 438; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Funny since GCI only announced it on Thursday. smdh...

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Shake your head all you want, news was came out almost three days ago. Refer to comment #2 please. Thanks.

6. Gawain

Posts: 438; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

You want some cheese with that whine? Please. It was not "almost" three days ago. Go hunt down the GCI press release yourself. "Older than the White House" doesn't make sense given as much news PA aggregates, which is more than any other site I visit. If this was from weeks ago, I'd be there with you, but a small press release in the midst of apple-fever? Yeah...no...

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Seems like you're the one that needs some cheese with that whine since you're so angry and hurt lol. Someone can't take exaggeration huh? Lol.

5. NateAdam8

Posts: 436; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

New Mexico needs more Attention...

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