Coverage Will Become A Central Point In The T-Mobile Roadmap, Considering “Non-Strategic” Asset Sale


As T-Mobile works to boost its financial position in the US, they are considering a number of options that include the sale of non-strategic assets such as cell towers to raise cash for future investments.

Forming partnerships and spectrum-sharing opportunities are on the table, however no large cash acquisitions are in the works.  That seems like an obvious non-denial denial to the almost constant whisper that T-Mobile and Sprint are looking to form a relationship.  Another rumor we’ve heard is that T-Mobile has been considering acquiring spectrum from Clearwire who is currently looking to shore up their own financial position through the sale of spectrum and assets.

For now, T-Mobile has reiterated that they have enough spectrum to cover their needs in the short term. However, in the long term, T-Mobile is considering a number of options to boost their capability and offerings.

As we stated last night (andit was met with a significant amount of skepticism), T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said that an LTE path will happen at the “right point in time”.  Any update to LTE from HSPA+ would cost the company between $1-$2 billion dollars.  However, any current plans for an LTE rollout would be limited to areas with significant population and customer base.  As an example, Southern Manhattan where the investor event is currently taking place, is a prime location for the addition of LTE capability.

As it stands, T-Mobile sees almost 20% of its churn customers leaving because of in- building coverage. With that, an emphasis on improving in-home coverage by almost 25% over the next 3 years will take place.  T-Mobile is considering additional cell sites, new antenna technologies along with “other in-building solutions” to push such coverage to new levels and meet customer demand to drive churn down.

Tags: , , , ,

  • ScottieYorkPA

    Good move!

  • ScottieYorkPA

    Good move!

  • ScottieYorkPA

    Good move!

  • Stuntnis4squids

    Because of in building courage?

    • MCBrian

      = “in-building coverage” ??

      • Len

        That’s what I figure. “Damn You Auto-Correct” :-)

      • Len

        That’s what I figure. “Damn You Auto-Correct” :-)

    • MCBrian

      = “in-building coverage” ??

    • KMAX

      Agreed.. I am in Scottsdale and can hardly get Edge in my house. Works great in Phoenix where I work though..

    • KMAX

      Agreed.. I am in Scottsdale and can hardly get Edge in my house. Works great in Phoenix where I work though..

  • Anonymous

    This is great news because here in Phoenix I get great service outdoors but my phone is basically useless indoors…

  • Anonymous

    This is good news that they are aware of courage issue. The lion needs a heart indoors as well as out. I like the idea of fast HSPA+ in the majority of places and LTE in the denser poplous and all as long as my LTE phone will seamlessly transfer to the HSPA+ areas.

    • Jonny

      hahahahahahah you made my day PimpStrong

      • Anonymous

        Glad to hear it homie!

      • Anonymous

        Glad to hear it homie!

    • Jonny

      hahahahahahah you made my day PimpStrong

  • BigMixxx

    This, right here…
    Awesome…They openly saying ‘penetration’ is a problem…let’s see what next steps are….

    • Anonymous

      Carly.

    • Anonymous

      Carly.

    • Anonymous

      Carly.

  • BigMixxx

    This, right here…
    Awesome…They openly saying ‘penetration’ is a problem…let’s see what next steps are….

  • BigMixxx

    This, right here…
    Awesome…They openly saying ‘penetration’ is a problem…let’s see what next steps are….

  • http://twitter.com/TMCraver TMCraver

    There we go! I also hope this includes getting rid of that pesky G signal, and 3G in some of the more rural areas like towns with 6000 people or more..

    • Curt

      We have over 20k and can’t get 3g. Our tmo coverage is awful and getting worse every month. We have 3 carriers in my city with 3g, and I can barely get a signal anymore with tmobile.

  • Jmgtrumpetplayer

    Finally its a good day lol.

  • Ian

    UMA solves the in-building coverage for most people, but it seems like they have dropped it?

    • GinaDee

      UMA as we know it will be gone. Soon it will be replaced with UMA lite on new BlackBerry’s like the all touchscreen device wer’e getting in June and later this year all Wi-Fi calling will be SIP based. This is actually better than UMA.

      • http://www.facebook.com/matt.mingkee Matt Tsui

        SIP based wifi calling is much more unlocked phones friendly.

      • http://www.facebook.com/matt.mingkee Matt Tsui

        SIP based wifi calling is much more unlocked phones friendly.

    • GinaDee

      UMA as we know it will be gone. Soon it will be replaced with UMA lite on new BlackBerry’s like the all touchscreen device wer’e getting in June and later this year all Wi-Fi calling will be SIP based. This is actually better than UMA.

    • Anonymous

      MOST people dont know what UMA is let alone what it can and can not do!

    • Anonymous

      MOST people dont know what UMA is let alone what it can and can not do!

    • Sdkjh

      Every T-Mobile phone needs UMA!

    • Sdkjh

      Every T-Mobile phone needs UMA!

    • http://www.androidsupportforum.co.uk AndroidMan

      T-Mo has dropped Wi-Fi calling from all non-smartphones. They are VERY SLOWLY rolling out UMA on some of their smartphones. This is a big help for those who have spotty coverage. UMA allows you to make and receive calls and SMS over a Wi-Fi Network. So it helps to fill the gap when coverage stinks. Not sure what SIP is but if it’s better bring it on.

  • Smacsteve

    Who the hell wrote this article?!! It’s full of typo’s and word misspells! Some of it just doesn’t make sense! Like… “That seems like an obvious rumors to the almost constant whisper…” What does that mean?!!

    • hi!

      hahahah. David does a great job with this site but I have to admit that was funny

  • Anonymous

    So they are trying to boost in-building coverage? I agree that needs to be improved. They also need to improve the overall footprint of the cell coverage. A lot of peoples in-building coverage being poor is probably caused by a weak signal to begin with (large office buildings excluded, not much you can do when you’re deep in an office surrounded by concrete, thick glass and a lot of sheet rock).

  • Anonymous

    So they are trying to boost in-building coverage? I agree that needs to be improved. They also need to improve the overall footprint of the cell coverage. A lot of peoples in-building coverage being poor is probably caused by a weak signal to begin with (large office buildings excluded, not much you can do when you’re deep in an office surrounded by concrete, thick glass and a lot of sheet rock).

  • Anonymous

    So they are trying to boost in-building coverage? I agree that needs to be improved. They also need to improve the overall footprint of the cell coverage. A lot of peoples in-building coverage being poor is probably caused by a weak signal to begin with (large office buildings excluded, not much you can do when you’re deep in an office surrounded by concrete, thick glass and a lot of sheet rock).

  • Chatter

    I like the sound of this. Improved coverage is critical. In NY state (outside of the city) for example, many Walmarts do not sell TMo as “the coverage is poor”. I love TMo and hope they pull through.

  • Chatter

    I like the sound of this. Improved coverage is critical. In NY state (outside of the city) for example, many Walmarts do not sell TMo as “the coverage is poor”. I love TMo and hope they pull through.

  • Tmonews

    Yeah, I tell my co-workers that I love TMo and then we break out the phone to show my WinMo 7 with 1 or no bars because the signal is horrible indoors. I say “But we have wifi indoors” but I’ve already lost the battle when they pull out an iphone, droid or whatever and have 2-4 bars at the same point.

  • Tmonews

    Yeah, I tell my co-workers that I love TMo and then we break out the phone to show my WinMo 7 with 1 or no bars because the signal is horrible indoors. I say “But we have wifi indoors” but I’ve already lost the battle when they pull out an iphone, droid or whatever and have 2-4 bars at the same point.

  • Tmonews

    Yeah, I tell my co-workers that I love TMo and then we break out the phone to show my WinMo 7 with 1 or no bars because the signal is horrible indoors. I say “But we have wifi indoors” but I’ve already lost the battle when they pull out an iphone, droid or whatever and have 2-4 bars at the same point.

  • MarkMcCoskey

    I hope better coverage is a concern. I have a myTouch 4G, yet still don’t have 3G in town.

    • Iamhockeyman

      i have perfect 4g in my house and im in fl countryside

  • Mr. Smith

    we have cheap spectrum that does not penetrate buildings.. you get what you pay for T-Mobile

    • http://www.androidsupportforum.com AndroidMan

      Cheap? I’m paying over $100 for my package and I don’t get a signal in my house.

  • Mr. Smith

    we have cheap spectrum that does not penetrate buildings.. you get what you pay for T-Mobile

  • Mr. Smith

    we have cheap spectrum that does not penetrate buildings.. you get what you pay for T-Mobile

  • tmofan99

    Finally T-mobile address this issue! I have great coverage in my house (4 bars) but as soon as I enter the place I work I lose bars in instant. Also terrible at other people’s houses…

  • roebling

    TMo’s in-building coverage took a hit when they lost their AT&T-shared, 850MHz channels. T-Mo’s remaining 1900MHz channels just don’t penetrate walls well.
    A great work-around would be WIFI calling, since most homes and businesses have WIFI now.

    • http://twitter.com/Iluvcoloring moveit

      Wi-Fi calling is where it’s also a fail. You must be in very good wi-fi coverage. at least 3 bars, 2 if your lucky.
      Not everyone wants I smartphone. Its money, requires data so their is an extra.
      How can I forget the battery life. You can have airplane mode on and wi-fi, but not wi-fi calling and airplane mode. Battery is gonna take some toll.
      Currently using T-Mobile G2.
      If T-Mobile can’t get their shared channel back, such as Cingular since at&t is the devil.
      Then T-Mobile won’t have a future until someone buys em.
      If at&t was to buy em, I would be happy and mad.
      Happy that the coverage is expanded further. Use T-Mobile network for less drop calls, bad because of the price, bad because of the devil at&t.
      Voice Coverage could’ve been looked at a long time ago, if they did. Well we won’t be fourth. I complained about mines lots of time, they didn’t care. All focus was on 4G which I find 2nd most important after voice. Wi-Fi still RAPE!
      WTF is Cel-Fi, nowhere to be found.
      Cell Phones will have the nation sweep and the house phone would likely die by 2012.

    • http://twitter.com/Iluvcoloring moveit

      Wi-Fi calling is where it’s also a fail. You must be in very good wi-fi coverage. at least 3 bars, 2 if your lucky.
      Not everyone wants I smartphone. Its money, requires data so their is an extra.
      How can I forget the battery life. You can have airplane mode on and wi-fi, but not wi-fi calling and airplane mode. Battery is gonna take some toll.
      Currently using T-Mobile G2.
      If T-Mobile can’t get their shared channel back, such as Cingular since at&t is the devil.
      Then T-Mobile won’t have a future until someone buys em.
      If at&t was to buy em, I would be happy and mad.
      Happy that the coverage is expanded further. Use T-Mobile network for less drop calls, bad because of the price, bad because of the devil at&t.
      Voice Coverage could’ve been looked at a long time ago, if they did. Well we won’t be fourth. I complained about mines lots of time, they didn’t care. All focus was on 4G which I find 2nd most important after voice. Wi-Fi still RAPE!
      WTF is Cel-Fi, nowhere to be found.
      Cell Phones will have the nation sweep and the house phone would likely die by 2012.

    • http://twitter.com/Iluvcoloring moveit

      Wi-Fi calling is where it’s also a fail. You must be in very good wi-fi coverage. at least 3 bars, 2 if your lucky.
      Not everyone wants I smartphone. Its money, requires data so their is an extra.
      How can I forget the battery life. You can have airplane mode on and wi-fi, but not wi-fi calling and airplane mode. Battery is gonna take some toll.
      Currently using T-Mobile G2.
      If T-Mobile can’t get their shared channel back, such as Cingular since at&t is the devil.
      Then T-Mobile won’t have a future until someone buys em.
      If at&t was to buy em, I would be happy and mad.
      Happy that the coverage is expanded further. Use T-Mobile network for less drop calls, bad because of the price, bad because of the devil at&t.
      Voice Coverage could’ve been looked at a long time ago, if they did. Well we won’t be fourth. I complained about mines lots of time, they didn’t care. All focus was on 4G which I find 2nd most important after voice. Wi-Fi still RAPE!
      WTF is Cel-Fi, nowhere to be found.
      Cell Phones will have the nation sweep and the house phone would likely die by 2012.

  • http://twitter.com/Mrt1connect Garreth Whyte

    Wait a minute, these guys are just figuring this out….holy crap, i need to go work for tmobile, even my kid knew that…but still gotta love em.

  • http://twitter.com/jrfischbach jrfischbach

    We live on the EDGE of EDGE up here in Northern NJ, I go over the border into Orange County NY and no more Tmo!! I wojld love to see some tower love up this way. Any other direction no service issues at all.

  • 4G_or_not_4G

    This seems kind of funny to me as I have had the best coverage and building penetration since my first cell phone on any company except Verizon, who I refused to pay extra money to subsidize their building out rural areas.

  • Findone22000

    if this happens it would be a great move on tmobiles part, i do have to say talk coverage has always been good here data is getting better and thay do have good phones thay just need to do what thay say there going to do to make it happen.

  • Anonymous

    T Mobile, I would drop Clearwire in a jiff if you offered unlimitted HSPA+ 40-50 dollars for unlimited would not be an issue. Thats better than what Clearwire offers.

    We do recommend you throttle after 30GB this year 40GB next year and 50GB the following year. Throttle it at 200kbps will be enough for everything but movies (unless you want the lag).

    Clearwire will cap you at 0.5Mbps or less even with their 60 dollar plan of 7Mbps, I know.. I suffer that problem and WANT to drop them. When it rains their service disappears. T Mobile give us an option and you will see an increase in Money that goes your way instead of Clearwire.

    T Mobile has the best service, then Clearwire, then Verizon and last are Comcast, ATT and Roadrunner.

    If you move, you have instant Internet with TMob or Clearwire. With all the others, it takes up to a month to get connected, and the associated fees.

  • Anonymous

    T Mobile, I would drop Clearwire in a jiff if you offered unlimitted HSPA+ 40-50 dollars for unlimited would not be an issue. Thats better than what Clearwire offers.

    We do recommend you throttle after 30GB this year 40GB next year and 50GB the following year. Throttle it at 200kbps will be enough for everything but movies (unless you want the lag).

    Clearwire will cap you at 0.5Mbps or less even with their 60 dollar plan of 7Mbps, I know.. I suffer that problem and WANT to drop them. When it rains their service disappears. T Mobile give us an option and you will see an increase in Money that goes your way instead of Clearwire.

    T Mobile has the best service, then Clearwire, then Verizon and last are Comcast, ATT and Roadrunner.

    If you move, you have instant Internet with TMob or Clearwire. With all the others, it takes up to a month to get connected, and the associated fees.

  • Anonymous

    T Mobile, I would drop Clearwire in a jiff if you offered unlimitted HSPA+ 40-50 dollars for unlimited would not be an issue. Thats better than what Clearwire offers.

    We do recommend you throttle after 30GB this year 40GB next year and 50GB the following year. Throttle it at 200kbps will be enough for everything but movies (unless you want the lag).

    Clearwire will cap you at 0.5Mbps or less even with their 60 dollar plan of 7Mbps, I know.. I suffer that problem and WANT to drop them. When it rains their service disappears. T Mobile give us an option and you will see an increase in Money that goes your way instead of Clearwire.

    T Mobile has the best service, then Clearwire, then Verizon and last are Comcast, ATT and Roadrunner.

    If you move, you have instant Internet with TMob or Clearwire. With all the others, it takes up to a month to get connected, and the associated fees.

  • Anonymous

    T Mobile, I would drop Clearwire in a jiff if you offered unlimitted HSPA+ 40-50 dollars for unlimited would not be an issue. Thats better than what Clearwire offers.

    We do recommend you throttle after 30GB this year 40GB next year and 50GB the following year. Throttle it at 200kbps will be enough for everything but movies (unless you want the lag).

    Clearwire will cap you at 0.5Mbps or less even with their 60 dollar plan of 7Mbps, I know.. I suffer that problem and WANT to drop them. When it rains their service disappears. T Mobile give us an option and you will see an increase in Money that goes your way instead of Clearwire.

    T Mobile has the best service, then Clearwire, then Verizon and last are Comcast, ATT and Roadrunner.

    If you move, you have instant Internet with TMob or Clearwire. With all the others, it takes up to a month to get connected, and the associated fees.

  • http://twitter.com/sulu600 Steve Park

    Just wish that as they upgrade the larger markets, the take all those old “3G” radios and put them in some of their rural areas. I have 5 bar’s most of the time, however, it’s a solid “GPRS” data connection at best. Love those blazing .17Kb speeds and 2 min web page loading. Getting shafted paying $24.99 for this “less than dial up speeds”. Nice thing is I never go over 200 Mb per month. Bad thing is I can’t get the $10.00 data plan with a smart phone (MT3G)

  • http://twitter.com/sulu600 Steve Park

    Just wish that as they upgrade the larger markets, the take all those old “3G” radios and put them in some of their rural areas. I have 5 bar’s most of the time, however, it’s a solid “GPRS” data connection at best. Love those blazing .17Kb speeds and 2 min web page loading. Getting shafted paying $24.99 for this “less than dial up speeds”. Nice thing is I never go over 200 Mb per month. Bad thing is I can’t get the $10.00 data plan with a smart phone (MT3G)

  • http://twitter.com/sulu600 Steve Park

    Just wish that as they upgrade the larger markets, the take all those old “3G” radios and put them in some of their rural areas. I have 5 bar’s most of the time, however, it’s a solid “GPRS” data connection at best. Love those blazing .17Kb speeds and 2 min web page loading. Getting shafted paying $24.99 for this “less than dial up speeds”. Nice thing is I never go over 200 Mb per month. Bad thing is I can’t get the $10.00 data plan with a smart phone (MT3G)

    • donnyc

      You and get the $15 200MB plan on any phone, including your MT3G.

    • donnyc

      You and get the $15 200MB plan on any phone, including your MT3G.

    • donnyc

      You and get the $15 200MB plan on any phone, including your MT3G.

    • donnyc

      You and get the $15 200MB plan on any phone, including your MT3G.

      • donnyc

        Damn typos. Sorry, you *can* get

      • donnyc

        Damn typos. Sorry, you *can* get

      • donnyc

        Damn typos. Sorry, you *can* get

      • donnyc

        Damn typos. Sorry, you *can* get

  • SnittyKitty

    I don’t give a rat’s rear end what T-Mobile calls high speed data; it needs to expand 3G onto its rural towers and add signal towers into areas which they have no roaming agreements for example with AT&T 850; for my wife to use Verizon Wireless because T-Mobile refuses to expand into these areas is sad.

    • TMOTECH

      This will happen this year. It is our primary focus. We are building 3G/4G only sites this year and concentrating on rural areas.

      • 4typhive

        This is what it’s all about…Coverage. Once the coverage comes, the loyal followers will stay, the new ones will come, more money will come (In that order). This an excellent strategy. I more happy that I’m sticking it out with TMO now, then just a few weeks ago when I wanted to leave.

      • 4typhive

        This is what it’s all about…Coverage. Once the coverage comes, the loyal followers will stay, the new ones will come, more money will come (In that order). This an excellent strategy. I more happy that I’m sticking it out with TMO now, then just a few weeks ago when I wanted to leave.

      • 4typhive

        This is what it’s all about…Coverage. Once the coverage comes, the loyal followers will stay, the new ones will come, more money will come (In that order). This an excellent strategy. I more happy that I’m sticking it out with TMO now, then just a few weeks ago when I wanted to leave.

  • Izubon

    Well I was one of the lucky ones to get a Cell-Fi unit from TM when I complained about not having signal in my area.
    Why they are not giving these out to people who have signal problems is insane. I went from having no signal to full bars as soon as I turned it on.I have no problem with data and never need to use my WIFI . Only wish it would give me 4G speeds but from where I was to now I’ll take it…

  • http://www.androidsupportforum.com AndroidMan

    I’m a little confused by this article. At the top it says “they are considering a number of options that include the sale of non-strategic assets such as cell towers”. How is the sale of cell towers going to improve coverage? How can they consider partnering with Sprint who doesn’t use GSM? While I’m glad T-Mo finally realizes their signal stinks they need to have a better plan. Android users are gobbling up data like Pac-Man. The fake 4G won’t cut it for long. I’m also on the WTF is Cell-Fi? If it’s an option why can’t I buy it?

  • Anonymous

    “would cost the company between $1-$2 billion dollars”

    PROTIP:
    The “$” symbol means dollars, don’t put the word “dollars” after you use the symbol.
    You don’t see people write €5 Euros, do you? Of course not.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Yeah, I know that, you know that…but you’d be amazed at how many people don’t.

    • Joeautomotive

      What I want to know is why people put the $ symbol fist? You don’t say dollars 1 billion do you? I always put the $ last. That way it is written as you would say it…1B$.

    • Joeautomotive

      What I want to know is why people put the $ symbol fist? You don’t say dollars 1 billion do you? I always put the $ last. That way it is written as you would say it…1B$.

    • Joeautomotive

      What I want to know is why people put the $ symbol fist? You don’t say dollars 1 billion do you? I always put the $ last. That way it is written as you would say it…1B$.