T-Mobile says that it will match Verizon's LTE coverage by the end of 2016

T-Mobile says that it will match Verizon's LTE coverage by the end of 2016
T-Mobile has been a late bloomer, especially compared to Verizon. Big Red already had its 3G network up and running when T-Mobile launched its first two 3G markets in 2008. When T-Mobile was about to launch its LTE network in Las Vegas early in 2013, some Verizon customers already had LTE service for more than two-years. At that time, T-Mobile was considered an also-ran, the fourth largest carrier in the U.S.

But soon the Un-carrier program would begin and CEO John Legere would transform T-Mobile into an innovative and relevant player in the industry. Now the third largest carrier in the states, the wireless operator has been closing the LTE network coverage gap with Verizon. And by the end of this year, the gap will be completely gone according to T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray. "We plan to materially close the gap [with Verizon] by the end of the year," said the executive. T-Mobile says that its 4G LTE signal currently covers 311 million people, just a few million short of Verizon's 4G LTE coverage figure.

Verizon responded to Ray's comments by releasing a statement focusing on its slight edge in reliability over its rival. "Talk is cheap, and it won't make the nearly 1 million-square-mile gap in LTE coverage -- or the stark advantage in reliability and consistent speeds that VZ's network has over T-Mobile -- disappear," said a Verizon spokesman. Open Signal's report said that Verizon's 4G LTE signal was available 86% of the time making Big Red's network slightly more reliable than T-Mobile's pipeline.

Just yesterday, we told you that the latest report from Open Signal revealed that T-Mobile has the fastest 4G LTE network in the U.S. with an average download data speed of 16.28 Mbps. Verizon was second with an average speed of 15.94Mbps. AT&T (12.83Mbps) and Sprint (9.36Mbps) were third and fourth, respectively.

source: CNET

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47 Comments

1. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Lets go T mobile

4. bambamboogy02

Posts: 841; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

While I hope all carriers improve, Tmobile has roughly less than half the amount of customers VZW does. The amount of network demand between the two are very vast. For VZW to be a little slower based on this test, speaks a lot. At the moment, Tmobile can not match VZW on the amount of spectrum they have. VZW has been religious about upgrading it's network, and acquiring more spectrum than anyone else. If everyone network inproves, hopefully better competition, and better for the consumer.

25. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

verizon has had a great network for years and gain a lot of ground, TM begin to make a push 3 years ago and is about to hit a milestone by matching their network, TM also as been gain A LOT of ground in subscribers. Only a matter of time

33. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The way I see it, if TMobile's rollout is proven to be as good and expansive as Verizon's then T-Mobile will get a lot of new customers provided the pricing is competitive or even cheaper than Verizon. Now of course my family on Verizon just updated our data plan which includes rollover data & 16GB shared and after our discounts through our employers we pay less than if one of us goes to T-Mobile so I have no real reason to switch but I should just to be 100% independent from my family...

35. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

VZW has also religiously been taking more and more away from its customer base, while continuing to charge them more.

2. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Keep rocking TMO. The world is watching.

3. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

John legere has done a great job and has turned tgis company around.

5. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

if they do it for real which i doubt ( but u never know lately they been expanding coverage like crazy ) their probably gonna end up charging verizon prices once they have the same coverage so it would kinda suck .

6. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

I doubt it.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They won't charge Verizon prices until/unless they move out in front in numbers of subscribers. But, then, Verizon will be forced to compete, too.

43. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Bingo, the only reason they charge less is because they are considered the underdog. Once is Not the case anymore, they will charge accordingly. Believe me, everyone is in business with one goal, to make money.

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2271; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Verizon will have 5G covered in many areas before TMobile completes 4G LTE.

10. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

We'll see. I sure wouldn't bet on Verizon.

31. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

5G is already out in some towns.

27. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

they will be testing 5g... means nothing to the consumer and even then when they start to roll it out, it's going be a city to city thing nothing more. John has already said they won't be first to the 5g market so it's alright. good 4G coverage is still great.

30. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

5G is already out in some towns.

9. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

Let's get it T-MO.

11. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

That is a big fat lie by T-Mobile. T-Mobile is nowhere near half of the coverage/spectrum that Verizon has on 4G. Yep, talk is cheap T-Mobile, but, hey, keep on dreaming ...

17. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Far more than half the coverage and more than half the subscribers.

28. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

I could believe your statement "more than half the subscribers", however, you need to show me some test reports by reputable companies that evaluate coverage to believe that T-Mobile has more than half of Verizon's coverage on 4G. Download speeds mean nothing, those are spot checks ... Download speeds do not equate coverage ... As I've said, keep on dreaming ... To beat Verizon, you got to outbid Verizon and ATT on those spectrum auction, and to my knowledge, that has never happened. T-Mobile doesn't even own nowhere near ATT's spectrum, let alone Verizon's ...

39. monkeyfeet

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2011

Too bad that now they have a decent subscriber base, their network is going to s**t. Our business has been a Tmo subscriber for the last 2 years in Colorado and the last 3 months have been absolute crap.

34. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Studies keep proving you wrong ( http://goo.gl/hRLpJr | http://goo.gl/bnkgID ), but don't let the facts get in the way of the mindless hatred...

41. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

And again, not sure why people confuse download speeds with coverage. This article was about coverage (or the lack thereof) and not about download speeds. Coverage = area and download speeds = dots within the covered area. Within assumed covered area there are many thing that can make the signal weak ... So, your studies that you are referring to do not prove a squat, just reiterate that somewhere in some unidentified t-mobile area there are spots with good speeds. Few yards left or right God knows ...

42. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

You clearly didn't read the second linked article. Not even gonna bother reading past your first sentence.

44. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Opensignal reputable? Hahahahah ... Why did you reply then, show-off much?

45. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Opensignal reputable?" More reputable than some mindless hater on the internet for sure: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenSignal

47. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Oh, wait, now you think that wikipedia link is going to make opensignal reputable. And then you are offending. OK, kid, i'm electrical engineer with masters in RF. I know my stuff. Should i wait for another link? Do you even have t-mobile? I do. Stick your offensive words into that place where sun doesn't shine, OK?

48. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Being an electrical engineer clearly didn't stop you from making criticizing claims without any credible sources to back it, which is just mindless hater talk. So far, you haven't posted anything to prove that wrong...merely getting more and more arrogant with the claims.

49. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Offensive again. Here are some links, which are just some real user experience. Since I never offended you, I will not try to provide my tech. papers on the subject, you clearly lack education to handle them (and because you offended me several times). http://www.imore.com/talk-t-mobile-about-those-new-maps-i-just-complained-about http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2016/02/bamboozled_t-mobile_promises_coverage_homeowner_ge.html http://bgr.com/2014/01/09/t-mobile-uncarrier-analysis-lte-service-coverage/ http://www.cnet.com/news/t-mobile-wants-to-boost-your-indoor-cell-signal/ http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/09/why-t-mobile-needs-wi-fi-calling-its-network-cant-match-att-and-verizon/ There are more links. Thousands. Now, save some money and get your self enrolled in college, you clearly lack education and manners.

50. kabel

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

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