T-Mobile celebrates the first anniversary of its LTE rollout by announcing further network updates

T-Mobile celebrates the first anniversary of its LTE rollout by announcing further network updates
What a year it has been for T-Mobile. The carrier is closing in on the one-year anniversary of its LTE network rollout. During that year, T-Mobile built out its 4G pipeline at a record pace and now covers 210 million Americans in 273 markets with its signal. To keep the momentum going, the nation's fourth largest carrier plans on upgrading its 2G/EDGE network to 4G LTE. 50% of this work will be completed this year, with the balance expected to be done in the middle of 2015. T-Mobile also said that it will start using the 700MHz A-block spectrum it is in the process of acquiring, for 4G LTE service.

T-Mobile's network did not fare well in testing conducted by RootMetrics and J.D. Power. But the mobile operator says that based on real-time testsconducted by smartphone owners using Ookla's Speedtest.net app, T-Mobile offers the fastest 4G LTE network in the states. More than 6.5 million speed tests have been conducted by the app in 2014 alone.

The self-proclaimed UNcarrier is trying to set the record straight when it comes to the competition. It has asked for a cease and desist order against Verizon's use of a image it uses on television commercials and other promotional material, claiming that it is T-Mobile's 4G LTE coverage map. In its complaint, T-Mobile says that Verizon chose to pick just one of the technologies used by T-Mobile for 4G connectivity in order to make Verizon's network look better by comparison. The carrier states that it covers 230 million people with its 4G HSPA+ network, which includes many areas where it does not offer 4G LTE service. T-Mobile also debuted television commercials on Wednesday dealing with the coverage maps. CEO Legere said that T-Mobile is "...going straight to the people with the truth."

source: T-Mobile

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