T-Mobile's Extended Range LTE now available in Boston; is it used inside the 'Green Monster?'
T-Mobile, once signal shamed by the competition, and by customers of rival carriers, now reaches as many Americans with its LTE signal as Verizon does. Both offer LTE service to about 308 million Americans.
To be more precise about Extended Range LTE, it travels twice as far as higher frequency spectrum, and penetrates buildings four times deeper. T-Mobile is looking to pick up additional low-frequency spectrum during the FCC's auction of 600MHz spectrum. The nation's third largest carrier is said to have budgeted as much as $8 billion to bid on spectrum being auctioned off. It will be competing with Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Dish Network and others. Sprint has already announced that it is sitting out this auction.
T-Mobile is planning on using any spectrum it wins at auction to expand its Extended Range LTE coverage. It also hopes to increase the capacity of the spectrum in certain areas with the use of carrier aggregation.