T-Mobile Announces LTE Infrastructure Vendors, HSPA+ 42 Network Expansion

T-Mobile inches a little closer to their LTE rollout in 2013 as they announce multi-year agreements with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens. Supporting T-Mobile’s planned $4 billion dollar 4G LTE “network evolution plan,” both companies will work with T-Mobile to help modernize T-Mobile’s network and aid in the deployment of LTE service in 2013.

As part of the agreement, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens will install LTE-ready equipment on 37,000 cell sites across T-Mobile’s existing 4G network. This Release 10 equipment will increase signal quality and enhance T-Mobile’s network performance in 2012 as well.

As the FCC has now approved the AWS spectrum transfer from AT&T as part of the breakup deal, T-Mobile has gained enough spectrum, in addition to their refarming plans to enable to launch of LTE in AWS spectrum and up to 20MHz of LTE in 75% of the top 25 markets.

“We’re making great progress on our four billion dollar 4G network transformation,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “With these partners on board and the AT&T AWS spectrum secured, we’re on track to enhance our 4G experience this year and deliver nationwide LTE in 2013.”

T-Mobile reiterates their wish to launch 4G HSPA+ in the 1900 band in a large number of markets by the end of the year. Current testing shows a 33% increase in HSPA+ data speeds and improved in-building coverage. “Rolling out 4G HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band will also offer customers with the ability to use a broader range of devices, including the iPhone, on T-Mobile’s 4G network.”

“In contrast to our competitors, nearly half of T-Mobile’s postpaid smartphone customers are using a 4G device,” said Ray. “Not only are we delivering a fast 4G experience to a higher percentage of our customers, we’re also making it more affordable to step up to 4G. Whether you’re purchasing one of our latest 4G superphones – or bringing your own device, you can get better value with T-Mobile.”

T-Mobile is also announcing the expansion of their HSPA+ 42Mbps and Beginning today, customers in Little Rock, Ark.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Springfield, Mo. and Madison, Wis. can experience the fast speeds available on America’s Largest 4G Network. Customers in Fayetteville and Little Rock, Ark.; Lake Charles, La. and Springfield, Mo. can experience the faster speeds offered by our HSPA+ 42 network with devices such as the recently launched HTC One S.

 

Full Press Release:

Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced multi-year agreements with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to support T-Mobile’s $4 billion 4G network evolution plan, including network modernization and deployment of long term evolution (LTE) service in 20131.

As part of the agreements, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks will provide and install state of the art, Release 10 capable equipment at 37,000 cell sites across T-Mobile’s 4G network, increasing signal quality and enhancing performance beginning in 2012. T-Mobile also expects to be the first carrier in North America to broadly deploy antenna integrated radios, enabling accelerated deployment and reduced site loading.

Last week, T-Mobile secured the AWS spectrum licenses from AT&T which were agreed to as part of the breakup of the proposed merger between the two companies. This new spectrum, in addition to the refarming effort, enables the launch of LTE in AWS spectrum and up to 20 MHz of LTE in 75% of the top 25 markets.

“We’re making great progress on our four billion dollar 4G network transformation,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “With these partners on board and the AT&T AWS spectrum secured, we’re on track to enhance our 4G experience this year and deliver nationwide LTE in 2013.”

The company’s  timing for LTE allows T-Mobile to take advantage of the latest and most advanced LTE technology infrastructure, improving the overall capacity and performance of its 4G network, while optimizing the company’s spectrum resources.  T-Mobile will also apply deep LTE technology experience gained from its parent, Deutsche Telekom, a recognized global leader in LTE development and standardization.

As part of the company’s network modernization effort, T-Mobile also plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the year. Network modernization trials have shown up to a 33 percent increase in HSPA+ data speeds as well as improved in-building coverage. Rolling out 4G HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band will also provide customers with the ability to use a broader range of devices, including the iPhone, on T-Mobile’s 4G network.

T-Mobile also announced that its nationwide HSPA+ network has expanded to deliver a competitive 4G experience to well over 220 million people in 229 markets. In addition to an expanding 4G footprint, the 4G experience T-Mobile provides is pervasive among its customer base.

“In contrast to our competitors, nearly half of T-Mobile’s postpaid smartphone customers are using a 4G device,” said Ray. “Not only are we delivering a fast 4G experience to a higher percentage of our customers, we’re also making it more affordable to step up to 4G. Whether you’re purchasing one of our latest 4G superphones – or bringing your own device, you can get better value with T-Mobile.”

Beginning today, customers in Little Rock, Ark.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Springfield, Mo. and Madison, Wis. can experience the fast speeds available on America’s Largest 4G Network. Customers in Fayetteville and Little Rock, Ark.; Lake Charles, La. and Springfield, Mo. can experience the faster speeds offered by our HSPA+ 42 network with devices such as the recently launched HTC One™ S. Current customers are experiencing average speeds approaching 8 Mbps with peaks up to 22 Mbps using T-Mobile’s HTC One S.

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  • MNX1024

    This is good news, but I kind of wish that the official launch of refarmed 1900 was not at the end of this year, but now.

    • http://twitter.com/yagrossman Hudi Grossman

      Seriously stop teasing us and just announce a couple of markets already!!!!!!

      • Freak4Dell

        Agreed. I wish they would show us a list of which markets are getting refarmed and in what order.

  • Oscar Dominguez

    Im happy its going to happen this year

  • http://twitter.com/dandroid4g Danny Perez

    I sent this in! I feel all warm and fuzzy inside :3

  • ILL Thief

    37,000 cell sites? How many total does T-Mobile have?

    My town was Edge(2G) only up until 3 days ago. I now have speeds of 227.5kb/s at peak and averaging 150kb/s. Edge speeds were 2kb/s to 20kb/s peak. After 2 years with T-Mobile this is obviously a big bump and I’m happier with them than ever. Especially since me and girlfriend have our plan down to 140 for two lines :) The other carriers are 20-60 more dollars a month.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (???????)

      37,000 is every single cell site T-Mobile has.

      • TMOTECH

        No it is not. We have approximately 50,000 Cell sites. Our 2G only network is very large.

        • davedsone

          yeah, and I’m stuck in a piece of it. That is the ONLY fly in the Tmo ointment for me, everything else I love.

    • TMOTECH

      Around 50,000

      • http://benpike.net/ Ben Pike

        For the math impaired that’s 74% – not bad…

        Hopefully the 20 I’m around daily will be some of them…

  • hahahahahahaha

    I don’t get it. I live in a fairly small city and T-mobile’s HSPA+ 4G consistently tests at 20,000kbps or faster on my SGS2. Only rarely does it ever slow down to 6,000kbps which is just as fast as my home internet. Why in the world does T-mobile need LTE? Just to say they have it? I say the analysts who keep telling us how much better and faster LTE is than HSPA+ are crazy.

    • J-Hop2o6

      Gotta move with the times, plus LTE makes better use of spectrum. Higher speeds achieved using 20MHz for LTE (100mbps) than 20MHz for HSPA+ (42mbps). Just look up LTE on wikipeadia. Lots of info on it.

    • JBrowne1012

      T-mo only needs it because of consumer demand. American consumers are idiots. If you don’t offer the iPhone most of America wants nothing to do with you and recently if you don’t have LTE most people think you aren’t getting true 4G. Quite ironic actually being that the deployed version of LTE out in America is still considered 3G just as HSPA+ is considered 3G but HSPA+ at least t-mos has been very consistent and faster than the average claimed speeds of verizons LTE devices and HSPA devices have better battery life.

      • Octavio

        Your answer is not completely correct my friend.  LTE is the future of the mobile communication industry and the tech can be put to use in various ways.  The speed thing is a marketing ploy to get your money.  I got T-mo because the data is consistant and with good speed.

    • jessejames111981

      I live in the #4 market and I get 3-5mbs. I’d be happy as hell if I could pull half those speeds

  • TylerDerk

    Yea Baby!!!!!
    T-Mobile will dominate by end of 2013.

  • Rahul

    Finally, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • Youngt82

    Great news to hear!!!! Good luck T-Mobile and make us proud as i do not want to leave you guys for another carrier:)

  • J-Hop2o6

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol, but I can’t wait for some HSPA+ over 1900/PCS spectrum! I already get nice speeds and coverage here in Seattle and its surrounding cities & towns.

    “T-Mobile reiterates their wish to launch 4G HSPA+ in the 1900 band in a
    large number of markets by the end of the year. Current testing shows a
    33% increase in HSPA+ data speeds and improved in-building coverage.
    “Rolling out 4G HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band will also offer
    customers with the ability to use a broader range of devices”

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    This is just so amazing. Makes me even more EXTREMELY happier to be a T-Mobile customer. & Just changed my plan & saved $20. T-Mobile is the best, “the little engine that could” is finally really doing it.

  • http://twitter.com/yagrossman Hudi Grossman

    When in 2013 for LTE? When exactly will 1900 refarming be live for a few big markets? stop being vague and stop teasing us T-mobile. I love magenta but they should just tell it to us how it is, we’ve been faithful till now i think we deserve slightly more transparency.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      You guys need to understand how big of a project this is. Of course they aren’t going to tell you a date, because if something goes wrong and they can’t make the date, everyone complains. These aren’t simple software upgrades, there are permits, equipment, manpower, more permits, legal issues, city approval for work etc etc that goes into projects this large. This isn’t building a tree house.

      • la_resistance28

        But David, I always thought the “T” in T-Mobile stood for treehouse! Next thing you know, you’ll be telling me Santa Claus isn’t real or something.

      • http://benpike.net/ Ben Pike

        Under promising and over delivering is always win-win.

  • Eddie

    Wow that’s good news I will stay with them .i am very happy now. T moblie start thinking now .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AWWIKW6MNPUHOC4OVSHWUDWAHM Fabio

    This is great news, with their LTE network being compatible with AT&T in the AWS spectrum, it will ensure that people can go to T-Mobile and use the latest handsets, even if T-Mobile itself doesn’t sell it (iPhone). Bring your own device campaign ads should also be one more step in their agenda to get more and more customers.

    • Octavio

      The FCC, wants to mandate a common frequency band but both Verizon and ATT are not playing nice.  Both are trying hoard spectrum so that they can dominate LTE service, but T-mobile, Sprint, other smaller carriers along with consumer rights groups  are fighting both Big Red & Blue on this issue.  Another note qualcomm is developing a chip that can work on all 7 frequencies of LTE, THATS THE BRIGHT SIDE

  • Havoktek

    Bravo Magenta….Bravo…….Hope around the corner!

  • http://twitter.com/BiGMERF Android Junky

    We hve waited this long… we just going to have to wait a lil more.. this just means I will not be buying any new phone until LTE is released and there are compatible phones

  • jessejames111981

    75% of top 25 markets but philly is tmo’s #4 market and we still don’t have hspa 42. I’m trying to wait you out Tmo, I need better comparable service in my area.

    • taron19119

      philly does have hspa+42 u just need a 42 phone

    • TBN27

      Dude which Philadelphia do you live in? I just came from down there. I was seeing 15+ mbps on my GSII HSPA+ 42 is allive and kickimg in philly.

    • Gestguenther

      I’m in Waukesha WI and i get speeds up to 12 mbps and to be honest thats really good if you think about how many people are using it at times

  • Mike in FL

    T-Mobile likes to talk about their “4G” network, but I live in Orlando, FL (supposedly one of the largest 4G markets for T-MO in the US) and have never seen anything faster than about 8MBps.

    • http://twitter.com/BiGMERF Android Junky

      i concur my friend. same with me

    • Octavio

      I don’t think you understand how fast 8mb per second is my friend.  Specially on HSPA+ and thats very close to both ATT and Verizon LTE speeds and dusting Metro PCS.

  • Mike

    After being with tmobile for 8 years and just recently switched to AT&T now T-Mobile wants to play ball with the big boys and compete ashame they lost alot of customers to get the memo but this will help them get some customers back possibly me

    • http://twitter.com/BiGMERF Android Junky

      now they have to earn them back.. they keep the prices where they are at and they will

    • JDD4J4J

      I think you may have possibly had your head in the sand while you were at t-mobile, for most of that time they continuing to expand and advance, 2010 was filed with strives of 4G, better android phones, and launching of more aggressive ad campaign. Where T-Mobile suffered in the last 2 years was the announcement of the then pending merger to At&t and T-mobiles strives to make themselves more like At&t for a more seamless transition. The customer service defiantly went down hill towards At&t, but did go full dark-side and since the merger cancelled as started to move in a different direction. Sounds like you cut the middle man and the light version and went straight to the evil empire with worse customer service, higher costing plans, and lower quality androids. The only thing At&t has had for them was the iPhone. I’m not surprised nor mad at you that you left, but where you went, At&t and the changes made because of them, was the whole reason why people wanted to leave T-mobile in the first place. Verizon is the most costly option, but it’s also the highest quality, fastest and best devices. Sprint with great costing plans and unlimited data without throttle would have been the most likely decision. But, instead it’s like when the
      Britain returned Hong Kong to Chinese control, you want to leave the city, so you move to Beijing! …Wow…Some peoples kids, man…

  • HG3

    I would like to see more of 3/4G/LTE in my area. I still only have EDGE

    • TMCraver

      I hope this is the case… i’m sick of 2g only…

  • http://www.unscripted360.com/ Deacon

    tell Disqus that i prefer the old comment style :) fyi

  • David Rosen

    so if my t-mobile signal most of the time is worse than my friends with at&t, and when i have edge its like not having a data connection at all… will all of this actually make that better? because i’ve been seriously considering leaving for at&t. i’ve always heard bad things about at&t on the web and on tv, but then in real life, here in las vegas, no matter where i am, from the casinos to local restaurants to the mountains surrounding us, my friends with at&t phones have much better signal than i do almost every time…

    • J-Hop2o6

      Yes. Tmo’s 2G/EDGE is using 1900 band. Once Tmo refarms their 1900 for HSPA+ your phone (hopefully it supports 1900 HSPA+) will see EDGE areas turn into HSPA+ areas.

  • Johnny Brown

    T-Mobile. Stepping it up! I love it… Though one complaint: Springfiled, MO for HSPA+ 42 and no Kansas City?? C’moooon maaaan! :-)

  • Johnny Brown

    This may be a stupid question, but it’s one that I’ve never known the answer to. What exactly are the top 25 markets in T-Mobile?

    • J-Hop2o6

      Top 25 Populated cities (#1 & 2 are NY & LA of course). My city (Seattle) is #23. Kansas City is #37.

      Top 25 US cities by population: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_population

      • Johnny Brown

        Thanks dude :-) That much I’m aware of, I just thought perhaps T-Mo had their own list based on how many subs they have in any given city (one can dream, right? haha)

        • J-Hop2o6

          I’m sure the Top Markets have LOTS of Tmo customers, so i’m sure Tmo’s “Top Markets” are the Top 25 populated cities.

        • Johnny Brown

          Yea, I know, hence why I said “One can dream” LOL

  • MitchRyan912

    Madison, WI? I’m getting somewhat better speeds than when I first moved here two years ago, but there are still a number of areas where there is zero service. Just tested my speed on a HTC G2, and I got just under 3000kbps up and 1500kbps down. Better, but not great.

    • Gestguenther

      Hey Cuz its me lol your phone isnt 4G oh and text me and or call me…. I’ll hit you up on facebook!

  • jprince

    With this launch of the 4G HSPA+ by the end of the year and its LTE by 2012 I believe T mobile will be a force to be reckoned with. This will be the most important marketing tool for T-Mobile USA, Inc. since 2008 when they Introduced and marketed the first Android to the market together with HTC, the G1 or google one or other known as HTC Dream. I really believe in T-Mobile and for that I’am porting my number from AT&T as we speak to T-Mobile, because At&t has this monopoly, bully type attitude that they will mark up prices on phones, increase monthly plans, promising customers excellent service at a reasonable price is all a lie. They fail at the most important ethic of all which is customer service. I believe T-Mobile will tackle this cell phone bully and become a force to be reckoned with not only for their excellent service and phones but most important their customer service.Signing off yours truly the new T-Mobile Internet and blogger Rep.

    • jprince

      LTE by 2013. Typo sorry

  • another_reader

    does it mean t-mobile will support both LTE and HSPA+?

  • http://firstyouleap.tumblr.com/ First you leap

    First, I need to say that I am not tech savvy, just trying to get a new 2 yr contract phone that will ‘age well’.
    In light or the recent T-Moblie announcement re: 4G LTE expansion, will the HTC One s be able to take advantage of this new network speed? I am currently with T-Mobile and have found them to be very good in Chicago.

  • http://firstyouleap.tumblr.com/ First you leap

    First, I need to say that I am not tech savvy, just trying to get a new 2 yr contract phone that will ‘age well’.
    In light or the recent T-Moblie announcement re: 4G LTE expansion, will the HTC One s be able to take advantage of this new network speed? I am currently with T-Mobile and have found them to be very good in Chicago.