T-Mobile first in U.S. to operate LTE-U network

T-Mobile first in U.S. to operate LTE-U network
Six cities across T-Mobile's network are now running LTE-U. Using publicly available airwaves in the 5GHz band, it gives the carrier more capacity while offering faster data speeds for T-Mobile customers. Speaking of customers, those with compatible smartphones in the LTE-U locations don't have to do a darn thing in order to access it. And the same features that T-Mobile uses to beef up its 4G LTE pipeline will also work with LTE-U.

That means Carrier Aggregation, 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) and 4x4 MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) are being employed on LTE-U. Because LTE-U uses high frequency airwaves, it has limited range which means it needs to be deployed in urban areas. Earlier this year, T-Mobile said that it might use LTE-U to debut its Gigabit LTE services.

In addition, T-Mobile field tested License Assisted Access (LAA). The test showed speeds of 741Mbps using 80MHz of aggregated spectrum. LAA allows more carrier aggregation than LTE-U. With LAA, T-Mobile can combine more licensed and unlicensed bandwidth. This increases the capacity that T-Mobile can offer its customers. T-Mobile will be densifying its network later this year. This will include the use of small cells, which carry LAA functionality. LAA and LTE-U use underutilized spectrum and other users on the same band, including Wi-Fi users, are unaffected.


source: T-Mobile.

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7 Comments

1. tonyv13

Posts: 120; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Great for us customers :)

2. collin3000

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Faster wireless speeds are pointless if when trying to access PA I just get their ads spam redirecting me to other pages. Had to reload your article 3 times and PISSED!

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

use adblock

6. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

there is so many ad's on this website it's insane. completely unusable without adblocker

4. baldilocks

Posts: 1538; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Yes, but I find the lack of T-Mobile coverage, disturbing.

7. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

The lack of coverage where? The old excuse is just old. I travel the world and I'm never without coverage.

5. kevv2288

Posts: 298; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

What are the six cities?

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