T-Mobile Taps MetroPCS Spectrum To Speed Up LTE

As LTE service becomes more prominent throughout the United States, T-Mobile has been spreading LTE to new markets around the nation. But even as it has done that, it has faced a continuing problem: Its speed has continuously been sub-par to AT&T and Verizon.

In an attempt to boost speeds, T-Mobile acquired MetroPCS and is now using the carrier's spectrum to make its own LTE connections faster. The improved LTE service is rolling out in Dallas to begin with and is expected to reach other markets in 2014.

A Faster Connection

The service, which combines the spectrums of T-Mobile and MetroPCS, is called 20-by-20 and will double the carrier's current 20 MHz spectrum to offer more competitive speeds. Since the speed improvements will play off T-Mobile's current LTE service, users will not have to change their actual smartphone hardware to receive the benefits of a faster connection.

Although T-Mobile does not want to make promises regarding how fast the service will be or when its millions of customers will receive it, some technology publications are reporting that the enhanced LTE connections will provide speeds around 13.25 MB/s down and 3.6 MB/s up.

A similar program meant to increase T-Mobile's LTE speeds will be rolling out even sooner than the one in conjunction with MetroPCS. This program, entitled 10-by-10, will begin to reach some of T-Mobile's markets before the end of the year, whereas the faster speeds coming as a result of the MetroPCS acquisition will only be seen starting in 2014.

Better than Its Competitors

In announcing the rollout of the faster LTE connections, T-Mobile Vice President Grant Castle said the 20-by-20 program is superior to what competitors are doing. In particular, 20-by-20 appears to be a more efficient way to increase speeds than Verizon's network improvements. Verizon Wireless is building up its AWS-based network to...

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T-Mobile Taps MetroPCS Spectrum To Speed Up LTE

As LTE service becomes more prominent throughout the United States, T-Mobile has been spreading LTE to new markets around the nation. But even as it has done that, it has faced a continuing problem: Its speed has continuously been sub-par to AT&T and Verizon.

In an attempt to boost speeds, T-Mobile acquired MetroPCS and is now using the carrier's spectrum to make its own LTE connections faster. The improved LTE service is rolling out in Dallas to begin with and is expected to reach other markets in 2014.

A Faster Connection

The service, which combines the spectrums of T-Mobile and MetroPCS, is called 20-by-20 and will double the carrier's current 20 MHz spectrum to offer more competitive speeds. Since the speed improvements will play off T-Mobile's current LTE service, users will not have to change their actual smartphone hardware to receive the benefits of a faster connection.

Although T-Mobile does not want to make promises regarding how fast the service will be or when its millions of customers will receive it, some technology publications are reporting that the enhanced LTE connections will provide speeds around 13.25 MB/s down and 3.6 MB/s up.

A similar program meant to increase T-Mobile's LTE speeds will be rolling out even sooner than the one in conjunction with MetroPCS. This program, entitled 10-by-10, will begin to reach some of T-Mobile's markets before the end of the year, whereas the faster speeds coming as a result of the MetroPCS acquisition will only be seen starting in 2014.

Better than Its Competitors

In announcing the rollout of the faster LTE connections, T-Mobile Vice President Grant Castle said the 20-by-20 program is superior to what competitors are doing. In particular, 20-by-20 appears to be a more efficient way to increase speeds than Verizon's network improvements. Verizon Wireless is building up its AWS-based network to...

Comments are closed.