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T-Mobile to beef up its LTE network with spectrum from Verizon

T-Mobile to beef up its LTE network with spectrum from Verizon
One of T-Mobile's New Year's resolutions was "4G LTE - go faster, go LOUD". We're not so sure about the going "LOUD" part of it, but we're getting news about how T-Mobile is planning to extend coverage and maybe even boost speeds. T-Mobile has announced a deal to purchase some unused 700 MHz spectrum from Verizon in order to beef up its LTE network.

The deal will have T-Mobile paying $2.365 billion in cash and transfering certain AWS and PCS spectrum licenses, which are reportedly worth approximately $950 million to Verizon in exchange for 700 MHz A-Block spectrum licenses. The new spectrum will cover approximately 158 million people in major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Detroit. The press release for the deal says that it will lead to T-Mobile "having important low-band spectrum in 9 of the top 10 and 21 of the top 30 markets across the United States", so it sounds like the deal is to beef up LTE offerings in major markets rather than extending coverage to new areas, which is more of a customer "pain point" for T-Mobile users. 

The transfer of the spectrum isn't expected to go through until Q4 of 2014, but it will definitely help to strengthen the UNcarrier's LTE offerings in some of the busiest regions of the country. 

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