T-Mobile Aims To Slay Verizon, AT&T with World’s First 600 MHz LTE Network

Just months after paying nearly $8 billion for low-band spectrum during an historic Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction, T-Mobile is beginning to put its acquisition to use by deploying a 600 MHz LTE network site in Cheyenne, Wyoming -- the first of many 600 MHz LTE network sites planned for the U.S.

Coming on the heels of recent speed tests that put T-Mobile ahead of Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, it's also the company's latest potential threat to competing mobile service providers.

T-Mobile said it will expand its 600 MHz LTE network, "the very first in the world," with additional sites across rural and underserved parts of the U.S. by the end of the year. Those plans would expand the company's LTE coverage from 315 million people today to 321 million, the company said.

By deploying its first 600 MHz LTE site so soon after the April FCC auction, "T-Mobile is effectively executing in six months what would normally be a two-year process," Neville Ray, the company's chief technology officer, said yesterday in a statement. The new network will also help pave the way for its plans to roll out nationwide next-generation 5G services by 2020, according to the company.

Phone for New Spectrum by Q4

"Wyoming is just the beginning!" T-Mobile CEO John Legere said yesterday on Twitter. Ray joined in with a tweet showing him and Braxton Carter, T-Mobile's chief financial officer, on horseback: "@TMobile rode into Cheyenne with 600MHz & we're riding into several other towns this year."

T-Mobile far outspent its wireless competitors in April's FCC auction of low-band airwaves that had been voluntarily relinquished by U.S. television broadcasters. Aimed at reallocating redundant TV spectrum to ease congestion in modern wireless networks, the auction saw T-Mobile walk away with 45 percent of the offerings. AT&T, by comparison, bought $910 million...

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