Will T-Mobile Be The First Carrier To Offer An LTE-Advanced Network?

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With T-Mobile the last national carrier to launch their LTE network, they are setting their sights on being the first to have  LTE Advanced technology in place. In an interview with VentureBeat last week, T-Mobile’s head of radio network and evolution strategy Yasmin Karimli told the publication they believe they can move fast with existing hardware already in place.

“I think we’ll probably be able to move faster [to LTE-Advanced] because we have the latest hardware in place…Others may have hardware that’s two years old, so they may have to rip and replace.”

It’s not entirely clear what T-Mobile’s competitors have to do to upgrade to LTE Advanced in the future, but there is a distinct possibility it will involve replacing older hardware. That need will likely work to T-Mobile’s advantage and allow their slower LTE rollout to give them a pivotal advantage in speeds offered to the customer.

LTE Advanced theoretically allows for simultaneous download and upload speeds of 300 megabits per second, or three times faster than current LTE theoretical speeds. Of course these speeds are theoretical, which translates to almost never seeing them in the real world. Still, LTE Advanced could go even faster given that it’s based on the IMT-Advanced specifications, which allows for speeds of 1gigabit per second.

T-Mobile’s LTE network is now live in seven cities with coverage expected to hit 100 million pops by the end of Summer and 200 million pops by the end of the year.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bgresham2 Brandon I-Speed Gresham

    I thought I read somewhere that T-mo was supposed to launch with LTE-A??

    • Jon

      They don’t have the spectrum to make LTE-Advanced useful, nor do they have devices that can take advantage of LTE-A yet.

      If they Metro deal were already complete, then maybe they’d have been able to launch LTE-A initially. Frankly, they have most everything in place already for LTE-Advanced whenever the Metro deal completes and they’re ready to deploy it in production.

    • fentonr

      If I understand correctly, T-Mobile is rolling out LTE Release 10…Which has max downloads of 3gbps and is LTE Advanced. However, those speeds rely on a ton of spectrum, and as such, while the network will support that technology, it basically won’t be enabled.

      To learn about LTE Release 10/Advanced, go here: http:// http://www.3gpp. org/LTE-Advanced. Please note, there is a space after the dot and before org. Remove this to visit the site.

  • http://www.kdmstance.com BiGMERF

    Can we just focus on deploying any level of LTE to more of us.. SMH

    • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

      my thoughts exactly .. i’d like LTE in Dallas.

    • CJ

      HAHA That is awesome!

    • Hoggles

      Exactly. I could care less about LTEA… Just focus on LTE rollout.

    • CalicoKJ

      I’ll take 3G in my area let alone any form of LTE… :)

    • Merfy

      Can you actually read or do you just run your mouth? SMH

  • ceegii63

    would be awesome if it did

    but i think getting better coverage for HSPA+ and LTE is better

    its worthless faster if its not there

    • Encino Stan

      Agree! We have HSPA+ already in San Antonio, TX, but I rarely get over 1 Mbps at work. Need more towers!!!

  • xxdrizzyxx

    I’m loving LTE here in Mesa AZ (:

  • http://www.facebook.com/snazariojr Sam Naz

    I thought they meant dual 4g or something like that.

  • sidekicker89

    I’m surprised they still haven’t announced more LTE cities OR given us an updated coverage map!

    • g2a5b0e

      I’ve been thinking the same. I’m not sure how they expect to reach 100 million pops by the end of Q2 with only 8 markets currently covered. That’s barely over 2 months away! Perhaps, they were being overly ambitious with their projections?

      • Anonymouse

        i read somewhere the next batch will be sometime in may or june. i’d rather have them take their time than repeat the fiasco with the PCS refarm.

        • g2a5b0e

          I completely agree. They should take their time, but not too much time though. They can’t afford to go too slowly when they’re the last national carrier rolling out the standard. But, at the same time, they shouldn’t be making promises they can’t deliver on.

        • Frettfreak

          who cares what its called… LTE or HSPA+ (42mb)… just get faster data to more people. from everything i have seen or heard LTE is a battery sucker anyway. Would be MORE than happy with just HSPA+ where i am!!

      • Mike

        You gotta remember: the LTE deployment is based on spectrum holdings that MetroPCS holds. The rollout will be faster once deal closes. Refarm of all 37, 000 towers to HSPA is to be complete this year. Have patience. Its gonna be great!!

        • fentonr

          Um…The 2G to HSPA refarm is to be completed at all sites in 2015. Not sure where you got this year. Sorry.

        • bleeew

          So no more 2G in 2015?

        • taron19119

          In 2015 it well be only 10 percent 2g

        • Will

          Ironically it’s probably that 10% that need 4G now since they probably can’t fiber to the home.

    • Jay

      Because tmobile is crap! why do everybody buy into their hype?

      • bob90210

        Because it’s cheap! Everyone can afford the hype when the hype is so cheap.

      • Zacamandapio

        In your opinion, which carrier is not crap?

        • Jay

          Their all crap but tmobile tops the sh1t list.

  • Mirad77

    Be that as it may, it’d be beneficial if they talk more about current deployment and pace than future prospects. Just light up more cities or markets, that will be a win-win for Tmo and customers.

  • Richard E

    Awesome, not that LTE isn’t blazing fast as is. G Note 2

  • Mike

    can we focus on fixing the EDGE/GPRS coverage in many areas of the country. I’d like to be able to send an email in 5 seconds instead of 60 or having it time out.

  • Aurizen

    I wonder if that means new phones to support that will be released or will phones now can get those speeds too.

    • Will

      Even if any of the current chipsets supported it (which they don’t), it would mean a radio firmware update to support it. The manufactures are never going to do that. Plus the handset manufactures want you to spend more money on an annual basis (the Apple model). So

  • Will

    So let me see if I get this straight: As soon as LTE was enabled here in D.C., I hit my data cap within 2 days. Getting throttled to EDGE was like those speed cameras they put in the school zones. You’re going 70mph and then suddenly have to slam the breaks down to 15mph. Total chaos follows with screaming, vulgar language, and dirty looks from the crossing guard. Side question: Why are there crossing guards and school zones for Community Colleges here in Maryland?

    Now with LTE Advanced, I will hit the data cap in what seconds?

    • g2a5b0e

      That’s just ridiculous. If you’re reaching your limit in 2 days, you either need to upgrade your plan or monitor your usage more closely. Wi-fi, man. It’s your friend.

      • Will

        My data add-on is only $5 per line (although I just increased one to unlimited for $10 for that line). Going non-throttled (since they are all unlimited) costs money and well, I am cheap. Before, I just accepted that EDGE was fast. Now that T-Mobile has raised the speed limit, anything slower is just painful.

        I do use Wifi at home. In fact, there is only EDGE at my house (the tower nearby has not been refarmed yet). So I installed outdoor Wifi access points all over my 7 acre property. But i have reached the limits of Wifi and can’t install any more Wifi access points without installing generators to power them. So eventually while wondering in the woods, Wifi fails and I have to resort to cell towers.

        Come on, when I am out walking in the woods, it is just expected these days that I will be checking email.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamille-Browne/1184321457 Jamille Browne

          No, edge is not fast in any corner of the universe… not any dimension nor galaxy…

        • Will

          Just to point out something: I didn’t say EDGE was fast. I just accepted that it was fast. I kind of lied to myself. Does going from LTE to EDGE count as PTSD?

        • eanfoso

          You get what you pay for, so in another words don’t complain if you are not going to pay for truly unlimited

        • Will

          I think you mis-read. I do have one of my lines with unlimited (non-throttled) 4G. I refuse to pay for both phones to have non-throttled 4G until T-Mobile improves their coverage. As soon as they do, I will pony up the $5 for the non-throttle, unlimited 4G on both lines.

        • Dion Mac

          Nice to hear you talking more positively

    • deano

      You know you can get truly unlimited now… Just saying

    • http://twitter.com/mumarov Brzgw

      Get unlimited data already lol

    • ColdFeet

      I can see people using their phone a little bit more for data in a situation like this or maybe see you have a major increase in data usage if your market went from Edge to LTE but I’m a little confused as to what happened in your life where your data usage increased so much. Tethering? Downloading movies when you never have before?

      • Will

        Part of my increased data can be blamed on Speedtest.net. Beware that app uses a lot of data to test LTE connections. However, I always used a lot of data, just at EDGE speeds, it took longer to reach the cap. Also being at EDGE, you kind of give up using web at times since it is sooo slow.

        The same is true for Verizon’s FIOS. Did anyone here know that FIOS had a data cap? It didn’t either until they increased my data to 300MB down. Apparently there is a 250GB cap which I hit last month. I never hit that cap when my FIOS was limited to 15MB down.

        • Sidekicker89

          WOW I’d kill to even get 15 Mbps down with AT&T! I get LESS than 3 Mbps down.. I don’t even know what I get up.. Haha.. I just need to find cheaper home Internet thata faster.

        • Will

          It’s a mystery as to why Verizon ran fiber to my subdivision. The city won’t run water or sewer to it, yet Verizon ran an insane amount of buried fiber. In contrast, my weekday house in downtown D.C. has 5 bar LTE coverage but can’t get FIOS. So I use T-Mobile for all of internet needs when I am in the city and my insanely fast FIOS broadband (with Wifi calling) when I am out in my Maryland home.

        • Dion Mac

          my at&t is 7 to 8mb down. Not terrible, but I’m so ready for LTE in Atlanta do I can ditch wifi… at least on my phone and tablet.

      • eanfoso

        Watching too much porn does the job!

    • Alex Zapata

      Just do what I did: get truly unlimited data. No throttling, even when I blew past 100GB.

    • TechHog

      That sucks man. If only it were possible to upgrade to a new data plan that actually suits your usage needs. But that would never happen

    • QR

      bump up to Unlimited.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

    I would like to see more HSPA+ expansion first. At least along the interstate highways.

    • ssl48

      I agree with you. I travel from New York to DC on the I95 every week and my phone is consistently on EDGE, and it’s just unacceptable.

      • GwapoAko

        That’s why we don’t surf the internet while we drive. :o)

        • 21stNow

          Maybe ssl48 takes Bolt or MegaBus, or either splits the driving time with someone else.

        • ssl48

          Exactly. I travel down by bus sometimes or my partner drives, and while he has 4G on AT&T, I always have EDGE on T-Mobile. And I like to listen to Pandora and it becomes useless.

        • ZivilynBane

          Do you think there aren’t areas where T-Mobile has 4G and AT&T has EDGE?

        • M42

          I haven’t found any. You need at least 3G data speeds to do anything. I get emails in my business with attachments and EDGE can’t pull them down. It takes forever for navigation maps to load on EDGE, if they load. Same with the traffic apps I use. And try using voice command to send a text or email or anything. It just spins forever and then you get a server connection or server timeout error. EDGE is simply unacceptable in this day and age and is worthless except for voice.

        • Evaris

          Lol nice trolling, I’m fine with EDGE in most places on my Nexus One (AT&T version) I moved to T-mobile for the lower cost, stayed for the better coverage for doing the important things… like making calls.

        • Will

          Or maybe he has an Audi with one of those fancy T-Mobile based car Wifi networks.

        • Anonymouse

          i don’t surf and drive. that’s stupid! i just want my maps and weather apps to work properly. that is all.

        • Alex Zapata

          I use my phone for Google music when I drive. Try doing that on EDGE.

        • eanfoso

          My Pandora worked flawlessly when I used it on edge, back when iphones only got edge

        • Get_at_Me

          Google allows u to save 2gb worth of music to your device.

        • bob90210

          EDGE is T-Mobile’s way of saying that you’re driving too fast.

      • Will

        Why in the world would you drive from NY to DC when you can take the train and be there in 3 hours?

        But I agree with you. I usually do the same trip on the train and you can tell the cities that T-Mobile ignores because it drops to EDGE in the “edge” cities. The digital divide is really the EDGE divide.

        • Mike

          Sounds like you have a phone incapable of HSPA in the 1900Mhz PCS band

        • Will

          I have an iPhone and a T-Mobile G2. Both drop to EDGE at the same time. Clearly there are cities that are forgotten in the land of Magenta.

        • philyew

          Since HSPA+ on the 1900 band has only been introduced in markets that already have HSPA+ on the AWS band, having such a phone wouldn’t actually improve the experience at all, unfortunately.

        • mike

          sure it would, here in the area between chicago and milwaukee they are using hspa on PCS and AWS

        • philyew

          I should clarify the previous comment: having a phone with HSPA+ on the PCS band would not improve the experience over having a phone with support for HSPA+ on AWS, since – on every tower in the refarm – HSPA+ on AWS service preceded HSPA+ on PCS. It is never an either/or situation.

          There is an indoor signal improvement, but that would be marginal at best when traveling.

        • turb0wned

          He can take the China Bus for $30 round trip! I never said it wasnt ghetto but hey!

      • FILA

        It must be your phone then. Except maybe the little pockets in Jersey or something with edge

      • FILA

        prob on a old iphone, lol

    • Mike

      Do you have a phone that is HSPA capable on the 1900MHz PCS band? Alot is refarmed, but if you have a phone that isnt capable, you will still see EDGE.

      • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

        Yeah I have the T-Mobile iPhone 5. Even the AWS 1700/2100 HSPA+ coverage is lacking along several interstate routes outside of cities. There is still a lot of Edge. I drive to Atlanta from Charlotte sometimes and at least half of the trip is on Edge data. While AT&T/Verizon at least have 3G in these areas. It doesn’t bother me personally much because in my city it’s 4G everywhere and I don’t do very many long road trips. I know it’s a big complaint from customers and potential customers about T-Mobile’s network though.

        Now that they have the iPhone, I expect to see some improvement in the 3G/4G footprint later this year once the money starts rolling in. Or at least early 2014.

        • mike

          Does the phone have the 1900 HSPA capabilities?

    • gperez

      Agree

    • Adrayven

      Meh… why? Just focus on LTE.. why why push older tech? Yes it’s got a bigger footprint now.. but by end of year LTE will be basically same as old HSPA+ footprint.. might as well as push LTE out, not older HSPA+

      All they need is edge in an area for voice and then add LTE for data.. done. Why waste the valuable resource of time/money on older tech on expansion if you don’t need to?

      Hopefully they will get VLTE going over next few years and can start phasing out the GPRS/Edge voice services as well..

  • conservative_motorcyclist

    *edit* I was caught ssssooo off guard when I saw “A LTE Network” in the title, and I totally over-thought this one! Carry on….

    original:
    Weird Grammar/Stylistic thing…Why is is that we say “A Long-Term-Evolution Network”, but when it is shortened, it is usually written as “An LTE Network”?

    I think you are technically correct in your title, David. Purdue agrees, too! http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/591/01/

    • 21stNow

      It’s because the letter “L”, while a consonant, has a vowel sound when you say it. Think of it as “ell”. The same goes with the letter “S”.

      • conservative_motorcyclist

        Yup. You are correct. I totally over-thought it. When it is abbreviated, the L becomes “hard”, and you get a vowel sound at the beginning. When you say “long” the L is soft. Gotta love English!

    • Anthony Domanico

      I’m the reason David changed it, and it has everything to do with abbreviations and the letter L as 21stNow indicates above. The APA style blog spells it out fairly well.

      http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2012/04/using-a-or-an-with-acronyms-and-abbreviations.html

      • conservative_motorcyclist

        you guys are right…I was waaayyy over-thinking it. When it’s abbreviated it is pronounced as “EL-TEE-E”. When you say it as in “Long” the “L” becomes soft. I should just stick with my gut!

      • 21stNow

        Thanks for sharing the link Anthony. It seems ironic to have a blog dedicated to language usage and grammar, and I never would have thought to search for this.

  • Alex Zapata

    I can confirm that they will at some point be launching LTE advanced, but at what point I’m not entirely sure. The handsets might not be available, but it might allow the existing ones to more fully utilize their current hardware. First things first though, we need more coverage!!!

  • D_Wall__

    Thinking a little too far ahead. Lets get LTE rolled out to ALL coverage Areas. Ill be excited if Orlando gets it soon. One of the T-Mo Reps said June In Orlando..

    • Oliver Jackson

      D_Wall_ I’m in Miami and my friends at my local TMobile store told me both Central and South Florida will be seeing LTE in June.My GNote 2 is already set up for it

  • Mike

    I’d like to have 3G everywhere first! I went to the coast of Washington this past weekend – my brother with Sprint had 3G, one friend with Verizon had LTE. I heard people with their att iphones with 4G. I sat there with 2G. Really??? Ug Please just spend the time rolling out 3G/4G everywhere…

  • eanfoso

    Omg! T-Mobile is testing lte in my area!

    • Realest Ever

      and the area is?????? Where might be helpful you know?

      • eanfoso

        Sorry haha Beaumont Texas

        • fsured

          haha not that I have an LTE device to be excited about but dang, Beaumont before Austin?

        • cnoTe4

          That’s what I’m saying. My i5 is hungry for lte

  • Verizonthunder

    T-Mobile while I am impressed with your recovery in gross sale’s and sold out device’s you really need to upgrade all your tower’s to Hspa+/LTE before moving to LTE Advanced, mid-upper Maryland is completely edge only which is unacceptible only one tiny area has HSPA+ and is very small.

    • Dion Mac

      Maybe they will take out old 3g/4g equipment, replace it with the LTE equipment, then put that old 3g/4g equipment in place of the EDGE Equipment….

  • TmobileUser62

    tmobile Start covering edge areas! Please!!!, its annoying

  • mirna78

    They way i see this is that most likely VERIZON will be the first with an LTE advanced network. Heck they almost done covering all there 3G coverage with lte. I have tmobile and while i love its prices n dont really have coverage issues over here in los Angeles i still wish they would first expand there hspa coverage before they talk LTE . I know many and i mean MANY places in los Angeles that are still on tmobile edge. My man that has Verizon has LTE on the Hollywood hills, Santa Barbara, everywhere in Santa Monica, etc.. More places than i have hspa . Many people on here say that when Verizon customers go out of an LTE area fall back on Verizon s slow 3G n stuff but so far my man rarely sees 3G evdo cuz Verizon has LTE everywhere.

    • Mike

      Wrong. Verizon will be the last. They are working on coast to coast LTE before going advanced. They will also have a largerer network to chage to LTE advanced. How about a better back haul network from Verizon? CDMA sucks.

      • JakeR

        Dntt kno were u live dude but i like mirna live in los Angeles and like she said T-mobile has a lot of edge areas only i can name a few . MacArthur park were the Mexican consulate is EDGE, were the science center is its mixed some streets are hspa some are EDGE. but more than half are EDGE. Backhaul? We gonna start talking about backhaul t-mobile also need to work on theres. U really think getting. 0.30 mbps both up and down in downtown LA were the phone displays full bars of 4G is fun? No its not while my friends with Verizon are getting 10-15 dwn and 8-10 up now that’s a network with good backhaul. And yes cdma sucks but sprints cdma ,not Verizon s cdma it offers MUCH better signal inside buildings than tmobiles gsm network. I know cuz all my friends on vVerizon always have service in elevators, hospitals, underground parking lots were i get no service on t-mobile. So yea it sucks. Only reason im with T-Mobile is cuz i have unlimited data but its not worth it cuz im on edge half of the time ,downloading apps,getting directions on edge is not cool..

  • Kenneth Miles

    I agree with you guys. T-Mobile needs to focus more on the LTE rollout then next gen data but its good to know. I’m a T-mobile employee and an engineer told me LTE is coming to Cleveland next month!!!

  • StickIT!

    I’m actually surprised that Magenta isn’t playing the LTE-Advanced card yet. Granted, with limited markets and handsets, they’re probably just biding their time. But considering how quick they were to announce 4G (faux G) with HSPA+, you would think they would play this up.

    • Os_T_U_L

      Really are you still on thiis FAUX 4g Crap.. get over it. Im not gonna post the many many links saying that no one really had 4g in the current set ups.. Get over yourself!!!!!

  • Clarkkent113

    I wonder if in real-world setting we could see ~50mbps down ::drooling::

    • 21stNow

      I would think that this would be possible with the current LTE. When AT&T’s LTE first went live in Dallas, there were people reporting close to 70Mbps. Of course, there were very few devices/users on the network then. When T-Mobile launches LTE-Advanced, I expect over 100Mbps since I will probably be an early adopter of an LTE-A enabled device.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

      Could do that with the existing LTE once T-Mobile starts using 10×10 instead of 5×5

  • whiteiphoneproblems

    Dude looks like Lars Ulrich.

  • Bill Smith

    Maybe they should concentrate on getting everyone LTE first!

    • GwapoAko

      or 3G for everyone?

    • Dion Mac

      Maybe they will take out old 3g/4g equipment, replace it with the LTE equipment, then put that old 3g/4g equipment in place of the EDGE Equipment.

  • bob90210

    As a rule of thumb, if the headline is a question then the answer is no.

  • S. Ali

    Why not do LTE advanced now since they don’t have LTE up yet?

    • fentonr

      I that the network will support LTE Advanced, but basically not have it enabled because of a lack of spectrum.

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

      There aren’t any LTE-Advanced phones.

  • Ford2012

    Will the note 2 work on LTE-Advanced? I’m not too updated on all of this

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

    Did anyone get their HTC One’s? Because they are out of stock online, I spoke to a rep and it doesn’t even say backordered in their system or why they can’t order them. And he said check back in 3 DAYS! Like seriously? I finally get my money back in my account thanks to PayPal, and I call back to order it like I was advised to, and they don’t have it. It better at least be available tomorrow on launch date.

    • Manton

      This may be due to HTC being sued by Nokia for using their speaker chip without permission.

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

        Oh dear lord, I hope not. I just want my phone.

  • WeagleWeagleWDE

    HSPA+ suits my needs just fine here in Birmingham so I will be patient while they roll out LTEA, and hopefully once they do I can cancel my 90 Mbps package from brighthouse and just use my rooted HTC One for tethering at comparable speeds. Rollout should speed up greatly after the merger gets voted on tomorrow. Here’s hoping.

    Test Date: Apr 23, 2013 4:28:18 pm
    Connection Type: Cell
    Server: Birmingham, AL
    Download: 13.60 Mbps
    Upload: 3.58 Mbps
    Ping: 68 ms

  • sushimane

    i wish they would release some more lte cities im just curious. im happy with my speed with the hspa+42 i get around 21mpbs download and 2 upload.

  • Lesgo

    Call it 5G and that’s when we will pick up subscribers

  • FILA

    I thought it was originally posted like 2 years ago that T-Mobiles LTE service was gonna be Advanced anyways from the start. Now its not, and Verizon is already going to be rolling out Advance second half of this year, and the way T-Mobile goes, Verizon will beat themto the race. T-Mobile really needs to cover there gaps in coverage

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

      Verizon is going to have everyone beat in the LTE race. They’re not far from covering their entire 3G footprint with LTE and will likely be the first with LTE-A too. I don’t see T-Mobile catching up with anyone except Sprint in the LTE buildout race.

      • SouthernBlackNerd

        Verizon and Sprint are trying to overlap their 3G networks with LTE, because of the large drop in speeds, plus CDMA is likely going to die out in the next 5 years. They will likely become LTE only networks. Maybe switch to HSPA+ for backbone, so they can make money on international devices.

        Verizon may be first to LTE-A, but Sprint and Tmobile will lead in LTE-A coverage. Verizon currently uses LTE release 8 equipment, which requires hardware upgrade to be upgraded to LTE-A. I doubt Verizon is going to spend the billions to upgrade 50k+ towers only to upgrade 50k+ towers 2 years later. LTE-A will likely be regulated to areas that get LTE on AWS. Sprint will likely deploy LTE-A starting mid year as they start deploying LTE on 800Mhz. Not sure when Tmobile will start, but I am sure it will be soon.

        In terms of coverage, I do not believe Tmobile will catch up to anyone, since their plan is to only cover areas that already have 4G.

  • Jim Mack

    blah blah blah. I am stuck on edge. How about upgrading the rest of your
    network to min 3g and eliminate edge and GPRS anywhere on your network
    T-Mobile?

    • John

      where do you live that you only get edge?

      • Jim Mack

        Maine….I know insert small state joke here

    • Dion Mac

      Maybe they will take out old 3g/4g equipment, replace it with the LTE equipment, then put that old 3g/4g equipment in place of the EDGE Equipment. ..

      • Will

        Unlikely. the EDGE equipment is probably required to maintain MVNO and roaming agreements. There are a lot of non-3G capable flip phones still in use out there. Plus in a lot of rural areas, GSM radios are used to monitor field equipment.

  • Frettfreak

    seriously.. its a love HATE thing with tmo for me. I cant even get a reliable 2mb connection ANYWHERE near me without driving for 30 min and then its 5 at BEST! and i am in a fairly populated area (verizon AND sprint have 4g here) tmo needs MORE COVERAGE not new tech.

  • GinaDee

    I have a feeling T-Mobile will simply upgrade a few metro areas with LTE-A and announce their new nationwide 5G network while continuing to ignore the rest of America leaving them on 2G.

    By then AT&T and Verizon will already have 310 million Americans covered with LTE of some iteration with Sprint around 250 million

  • Kahlayoh

    they should roll our their LTE first before talking about LTE-Advanced

  • Weezy34

    I don’t care what TmobileUSA names their networks. I just want it to have backhaul. I’d be happy to get backhaul on my full bars of 4G.

  • thetruth

    maybe T-Mobile needs to worry about actually getting HSPA into more areas before wasting their time on LTE-A. They don’t need faster speeds, their HSPA+ is already good. They need to get of EDGE. They’re exponentially more EDGE out there for TMo then AT&T.

  • gentleman559

    T-Mobile I have been a long time loyal customer for many years but just can’t do it anymore. Your lack of coverage kills you. Constantly being on Edge the second I leave the city is just TOO MUCH. Until you cover the rest of the country YOU WILL NEVER be a strong competitor in the wireless industry. Your not able to help out the majority of the US and that is just retarded. Quit worrying about hitting 300mbps and concentrate of making your network reach more communities. Not trying to bash but the obvious needs to be addressed. Thanks