T-Mobile US plans to significantly expand the footprint where its MetroPCS brand offers service--by around 100 million POPs over the next six quarters--as it continues to modernize its network and integrate MetroPCS customers following the merger between the two companies that closed earlier this month.
T-Mobile USA will launch its first LTE market in Las Vegas any day now. The operator originally planned to launch LTE in Las Vegas last week during the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show but that plan was delayed due to some last-minute tweaks that were needed on a few cell sites.
Every year wireless companies make investments and decisions to plan for the future. It's just part of doing business. However, this year a number of companies made moves that will legitimately set them up for years of growth ahead. The deals that were announced, if they get approved by regulators next year, will reshape the U.S. wireless industry.
T-Mobile USA will eliminate all device subsidies from its rate plans in 2013. During Deutsche Telekom's annual investor conference, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that customers will pay an upfront fee for their devices and then pay the balance of the device in affordable monthly installments.
There has been another flurry of speculation that T-Mobile USA will soon announce a deal to carry Apple's iPhone. And while it is likely just speculation, the carrier's network is certainly getting primed for such a development.
T-Mobile USA launched HSPA+ service in its 1900 MHz spectrum in 10 additional markets including Miami; Phoenix; San Francisco; Mesa and Tucson, Ariz.; Modesto, Oakland, San Jose and Stockton, Calif.; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
CHICAGO--T-Mobile USA was forced to delay some deployments of HSPA+ technology in its 1900 MHz spectrum due to Hurricane Sandy, said a senior executive.
If regulators approve T-Mobile USA"s deal with MetroPCS, T-Mobile will be able to merge MetroPCS' existing LTE network into its own planned LTE network on AWS frequencies and refarm MetroPCS' 1900 MHz CDMA spectrum for HSPA+ services. T-Mobile will also gain some new telecom infrastructure, such as some 6,000 distributed antenna system (DAS) nodes that MetroPCS has deployed. FierceBroadbandWireless Editor Tammy Parker recently spoke with T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray regarding MetroPCS, DAS and spectrum. Hot Seat
A top T-Mobile USA executive discounted any potential deal between Sprint Nextel and MetroPCS on the grounds that it would create a new network mess for Sprint.
T-Mobile USA has launched HSPA+ service on its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum in Las Vegas, the first full market where it has refarmed its HSPA+ spectrum. The spectrum refarming is a key component of T-Mobile's $4 billion network modernization.