T-Mobile US aims to deploy LTE in all of its 700 MHz A Block spectrum this year, according to T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray. However, he cautioned the carrier may not achieve that goal.
At last week's Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, T-Mobile announced that it will deploy Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) in the 5 GHz unlicensed spectrum band in 2016. The operator, which is working with multiple vendors, also demonstrated LAA capabilities at the show with Nokia Networks. Sue Marek, editor in chief of FierceWireless, spoke with T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray and Ricky Corker, EVP of North American markets for Nokia Networks, about the growing momentum around LAA in the United States.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility thinks T-Mobile US should stop complaining about the results of the AWS-3 spectrum auction and that companies like AT&T that walked away with large spectrum holdings bid market prices for them--more than T-Mobile was willing to spend.
Where did the 2.1 million net wireless customers that T-Mobile US added in the fourth quarter come from? According to T-Mobile CMO Mike Sievert, those customers were lured away from AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless. And T-Mobile plans to do more of the same in 2015.
LAS VEGAS--Unlicensed spectrum finally seems to be getting some love from the cellular industry. The demand for licensed spectrum appears to have renewed industry interest in unlicensed radio waves. Highlighting this recent interest in unlicensed spectrum are T-Mobile US and Ericsson, which this week announced they plan to trial "License Assisted Access" technology in the 5 GHz band sometime this year.
T-Mobile is relatively well positioned in the battle for network capacity, according to a recent investor note from analysts at Macquarie Capital. Citing a recent meeting with T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray, the firm wrote that "T-Mo has several years of additional capacity on existing spectrum and current growth rates." The firm also raised its expectations for T-Mobile's fourth quarter performance from 939,000 postpaid net adds to fully 1.2 million postpaid net adds.
T-Mobile US CFO Braxton Carter said he does not think that rival Sprint needs to fail in order for his company to succeed in the market, arguing that they are both training their sights on market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.
T-Mobile US added 760,000 branded net customers in the month of August, which was its best month ever in terms of postpaid net adds, according to CEO John Legere. The brash and outspoken T-Mobile chief said that while the company is open to a deal with another player to gain more scale, it has a great deal of momentum already.
T-Mobile US said it has launched Voice over LTE in the Seattle area for customers using three devices, the LG Electronics G Flex and Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Light. The announcement comes just ahead of AT&T Mobility's own VoLTE launch, scheduled for Friday in a handful of markets on one phone.
T-Mobile US continued its surging momentum in the first quarter, recording its best ever quarter in terms of branded postpaid subscriber additions largely on the back of the offering the carrier launched in January to pay off the Early Termination Fees of customers who switched over from other carriers.