T-Mobile's LTE network now covers 180 million people in 154 markets
posted by Michael H. / Sep 13, 2013, 6:23 PM
This comes as T-Mobile has just lit up 38 new markets since the last time T-Mobile announced the progress back in July. Back then, the carrier's LTE network covered 116 markets and 157 million people. So, those 38 markets haven't all been that big, considering the expansion has only added 23 million people in those 38 markets.
Still, it keeps T-Mobile well on track to hit its goal of reaching 200 million people with its LTE network by the end of 2013.
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Maybe by 2015 they'll have the coverage of Verizon or AT&T!
posted on Sep 13, 2013, 6:27 PM 2
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That's more than half the population of the U.S in 6 months. It's definitely going fast. Not only that, but all those towers they're putting up are LTE-A capable, so they're LTE-A network will have a good head start.
posted on Sep 13, 2013, 6:49 PM 4
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Well, T-Mobile isn't using LTE-A yet, but their towers are capable of it. I haven't heard much on the details, but I would think it would be as simple as flipping a switch and then the current LTE towers would be pumping out LTE-A, since T-Mobile said they were already capable. I'm sure they're going to wait until LTE-A is a standard among high end and mid range smartphones though.
posted on Sep 13, 2013, 9:03 PM 1
So I guess Sprint will be slugging behind soon even though they should be improving too since the purchase from the Japanese company.
posted on Sep 13, 2013, 6:50 PM 1
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Sprint is a joke. What took them about a year and a half took T-Mobile 7 months. And on top of that, T-Mobile's ahead of the game with their towers being LTE-A ready, meaning the wait will definitely be worth it.
posted on Sep 13, 2013, 11:01 PM 1
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Dude you do realize that Sprint is not just adding LTE like all the other carriers. They are rebuilding their entire network from the ground up. While the other carriers are keeping old equipment and doing patch work, Sprint gutted its entire network at every cell site and replaced the equipment with the latest and greatest network gear that is much more efficient. Which is part of the reason Sprint is one of the greenest companies in America, their new equipment at an average cell site went from 3-4 cabinets down to 1. All while they are decommissioning the Nextel Network. Not to mention that Sprint has a lot more ground to cover geographically due to their much greater coverage area than T-Mobile. On top of all that, Sprint has not been upgrading their entire network for much longer that TMO. And btw, Sprint is concurrently working on CDMA 800 and 1900 as well as LTE 1900 and 800 on the reframed Nextel spectrum. On top of that, they are adding HD Voice nationwide as well as TD-LTD on Clearwire 2600 spectrum which is Advanced-ready. So, I suggest you do some research before you post so you at least have a halfway educated answer because their is a lot more going on at Sprint that just simply adding LTE. With all that said, they are on par with TMO as it relates to completion.
posted on Sep 14, 2013, 10:12 PM 2
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Close, a few more months at this pace and tmobile will cover more in LTE than ATT in q1 2014.
posted on Sep 13, 2013, 7:13 PM 0
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I like T-Mobile, but prefer Vodafone! But to expensive! T-Mobiles cheaper! here in the UK. With 4G price plan 16GB £32 a month unlimited calls and text. ™
posted on Sep 13, 2013, 7:26 PM 1
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Not really, it's wishful thinking, but AT&T will be at 270 million by years end. Tmobile will be at 200 million, and then they haven't stated any plans, but they are likely going for the 225-230 million HSPA+ towers they have and upgrading them all by mid 2014, and refarming their HSPA and HSPA+ onto 1900mhz spectrum so as to be AT&T and worldwide compatible. After that it's anyone's guess what they will do, but they will be quite a far way behind AT&T and Verizon for years to come as that additional 70 million they need to get to around 300 million is all 2G under their network. There's no fiber run to those towers, no real backhaul to upgrade to LTE. it will be as slow as Sprint and Verizon were for upgrades. By 2015 or 2016 I am hoping they can get to full LTE on their entire network though. They have a much better native footprint than Sprint and can almost compete with AT&T and Verizon.
posted on Sep 21, 2013, 11:35 AM 0
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