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T-Mobile plan to decommission MetroPCS' network to start before the end of the year

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T-Mobile plan to decommission MetroPCS' network to start before the end of the year
T-Mobile's plan to migrate MetroPCS customers to its own newer network, is ahead of schedule. That means that plans have been made for the decommissioning of MetroPCS' network in Boston, Philadelphia and Las Vegas before the ball drops on 2014 in Times Square. T-Mobile revealed the information during a conference call following the release of the carrier's fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday morning.

Originally, T-Mobile had planned on starting to take apart the MetroPCS network beginning in 2015. But stats provided by T-Mobile show that 40%, or 3.5 million MetroPCS customers, have already switched to a phone that works on the T-Mobile network. And about a quarter of the spectrum that T-Mobile received from MetroPCS in the acquisition, has been re-used or re-farmed for use in T-Mobile's continued build out of its 4G LTE network.

Because the migration is ahead of schedule, only a few MetroPCS customers will be disrupted by the closing of the MetroPCS infrastructure in the aforementioned three cities, by the end of this year. MetroPCS will continue to operate in Boston, Philadelphia and Las Vegas using its name, but customers will be connected to T-Mobile's pipeline. T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter explained that the two carriers serve different customers with different needs. T-Mobile's pre-paid options are more expensive than the plans offered to MetroPCS customers. But as Carter explains, you can buy an Apple iPhone for use with the T-Mobile pre-paid service, while that handset is not available for MetroPCS customers.

"We were able to get this done more quickly than we had expected. We were conservative in our original projections. But we think this will offer a lot of synergies that will result in cost savings in the future."-Braxton Carter, CFO, T-Mobile

Carter also revealed that T-Mobile's 4G LTE signal now blankets 225 million potential customers today, a figure expected to reach 250 million by the end of the year. It now offers 10MHz x 10MHz channel LTE service in 43 of the top 50 markets. In Dallas, T-Mobile has 20MHz x 20 MHz channel LTE coverage, offering average download speeds of 20Mbps to 30Mbps. The mobile operator claims to have the fastest 4G LTE service in the country.

source: CNET

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posted on 25 Feb 2014, 16:12 1

1. thetuba (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)

I wonder if Sprint will be able to purchase some of the CDMA spectrum that Metro PCS had that won't be compatible with T-Mobile's current network. Every bit helps!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:01

5. 8logic (Posts: 152; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

if i'm not wrong, CDMA and spectrum has nothing to do with each other. spectrum is spectrum and CDMA is the way the signal is processed and shared.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 14:05

7. andynaija (Posts: 964; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

Sprint doesn't need to purchase anything they already have a ton of spectrum, but just like Bernoulli said they don't want to use it properly.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 16:46

2. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

What's Sprint? O nvm

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 18:54

4. oister85 (Posts: 501; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Nice all the costumers from metro are going to experience real lte speeds.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:56 1

6. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

I don't know who oversees its network operation, but T-Mobile has been stellar in its execution in moving from its old value 2G network to where it is today. It has consistently met or beat its target dates.

Certainly, it has a long way to go before rivaling Verizon in US coverage, but what it has done in 5-7 years is noteworthy.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 14:11

8. andynaija (Posts: 964; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

I wonder when they will start shuttering the old Metro network in the D-FW area.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 21:07

9. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

And I cant wait. I am using pre paid now...and this and Cricket will be the ones to use for the better service. Cricket will soon be using AT&T network.

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