T-Mobile Also Moving to LTE?!
Look what was just announced at CTIA 2012 (see I knew these events would prove themselves as useful knowledge). T-Mobile has just emerged from the pack as a fighter and to not overlook the company.
T-Mobile has announced a multi-year agreement with Ericsson and Nokia to help with their $4b 4G network evolution plan. This new plan includes winnings from the T-mo and AT&T breakup that happened a while ago, network spectrum licenses, which allows for ”the launch of LTE in [a more modern] spectrum and up to 20 MHz of LTE in 75% of the top 25 markets.” Also, as part of their new modernization efforts, they are beginning to offer their HSPA+ service in a different network band (1900MHz).
“Network modernization trials have shown up to a 33 percent increase in HSPA+ data speeds as well as improved in-building coverage. Rolling out 4G HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band will also provide customers with the ability to use a broader range of devices, including the iPhone, on T-Mobile’s 4G network.”
In layman’s terms this indicates that T-Mo will start offering a faster HSPA+ service with speeds up to ~25mbps and have greater coverage, plus they will try to deliver a nationwide LTE starting next year.
T-Mobile also felt the need to state that in contrast to their competitors, almost half of their customers are on 4G enabled devices. Taking jabs at Verizon and AT&T. Also, “Beginning today, customers in Little Rock, Ark.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Springfield, Mo. and Madison, Wis. can experience the fast speeds available on America’s Largest 4G Network.”… I didn’t feel right not having that in quotes.
So congrats to T-Mobile new plans and agreements, hopefully this will put T-Mobile at a higher position in everyone’s minds.