T-Mobile puts a rocket to LTE speeds in Dallas thanks to MetroPCS spectrum

T-Mobile puts a rocket to LTE speeds in Dallas thanks to MetroPCS spectrum
By combining its spectrum with the spectrum it acquired from MetroPCS when it purchased the carrier, T-Mobile has been able to increase its LTE speeds in North Dallas. The nation's fourth largest carrier turned on the faster speeds just before Thanksgiving. Combining the airwaves allowed T-Mobile to offer what is called "20 x 20" service in the area. That is double the amount of spectrum that T-Mobile offers in most of its other markets.

Eventually, T-Mobile hopes to have this faster service available in 90% of the top 25 U.S. markets, and offering the faster speeds is something the mobile operator is expecting to do in earnest sometime next year. For now, it will have 10 x 10 service in 40 of the top 50 markets by the end of this year. And while other carriers are also looking to speed up data delivery, Verizon (adding AWS to its LTE spectrum) and Sprint (tri-mode LTE aka Sprint Spark) require the use of updated phones. AT&T's faster LTE service will also require new phones. With T-Mobile's 20 x 20, its current batch of LTE-enabled handsets will work just fine, thank you.

source: AllThingsD


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