T-Mobile using MetroPCS spectrum to bolster its LTE network

By , Dec 7, 2013

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Good news this weekend for T-Mobile customers. The carrier is finally taking advantage of its recent MetroPCS merger, and has begun rolling out higher-speed LTE service by tapping the airwaves it acquired as part of the acquisition.

According to a report from AllThingsD, T-Mobile quietly turned on the faster service in parts of North Dallas just before Thanksgiving. The higher speeds come by combining the spectrum from both T-Mobile’s and MetroPCS’ networks…

AllThingsD’ Ina Fried reports:

“T-Mobile has started rolling out higher-speed LTE service by tapping the airwaves it acquired as part of its MetroPCS acquisition.

Just before Thanksgiving, T-Mobile quietly turned on the faster service in parts of North Dallas. The higher speeds come by combining T-Mobile’s LTE spectrum with that originally held by MetroPCS. Combining the spectrum allows so-called 20-by-20 service, or double the amount of spectrum T-Mobile had been able to offer in most markets.”

Fried goes on to say that T-Mobile plans to eventually offer the expanded LTE service in some 90% of the top 25 markets in the United States. But just how long that will take depends on how quickly it can offload existing network traffic.

Now that all 4 major US wireless carriers have established their LTE networks, their attentions have turned to improving speeds and, more importantly, capacity. Verizon users are already noticing a significant slow-down in high-traffic areas.

Improved capacity and speed were two of the benefits T-Mobile touted when it announced its MetroPCS acquisition last fall. The deal, which added more than 9 million users to T-Mobile’s subscriber base, was completed in May of this year.

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  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    speed?

  • Albert

    Speedtest!!! on ATT, used to get 10-15mbps… now im getting 40-50mbps… Seems like everyone is turning on faster services!

  • Lordrootman

    T mobile sucks

    • Juan Flores

      Says the one paying $100+ for LTE network….

  • Alex D

    I’m experiencing 45-60 MBs in miami. I love it

  • Jaime Delgado

    I still don’t have the same trust I have for tmobile that I have for at&t.

  • blastingbigairs

    I remember having my 3Gs unlocked on T-Mobile and being stoked to just get an Edge 2G connection. They have come a long way. Good for them.