Braxton Carter: T-Mobile will be “aggressive in rolling out low-band spectrum next year”

 

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According to T-Mobile’s CFO, Braxton Carter, the carrier is going to continue its low-band spectrum acquisitions in to next year. The Chief Financial Officer was speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference.

Currently, T-Mo owns 700MHz spectrum covering 185 million POPs in 24 of the top 30 U.S. markets. And that’s down to the major deal with Verizon earlier this year, and several other purchases from smaller companies across the U.S.. The most recent being a deal with Vulcan Wireless in the Seattle and Portland markets.

Several 700MHz sites are already online, and we know of two of them specifically, in Long Island and Houston, Texas. And none of this would be possible had T-Mo not made acquiring low-band spectrum its biggest focus this year. The only real downside to this now is that a number of markets are still hindered by Channel 51 interference. Some of the TV channel spectrum owners have agreed to move (around 6 markets covering 17 million POPs are in the clear) but many others won’t be until after the 600MHz spectrum auction.

At the moment, that’s not making a huge difference to user experience since very few of T-Mobile’s current handset portfolio support band 12 frequencies. But that’s about to change. As reported by Fierce Wireless:

Carter said that T-Mobile will release a “significant” number of  Band 12-capable devices next year and “will be aggressive in rolling out low-band [spectrum] next year.”

Carter also commented on the iPhone’s impact on the market place, and looking ahead to next year stated that T-Mobile is unlikely to continue the level of growth that it’s seen in 2014. Still, we’re going to see T-Mo continue to innovate and use its momentum to have another healthy and competitive year.

Via: Fierce Wireless
Webcast: UBS

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  • Verizonthunder

    It’s impressive what John Legere did for this company. The raw energy, passion sure his communications come into question with critics but what matter’s most is the people.

    • Jay Holm

      T-Mobile needs to do some marketing to make people less hesitant towards T-Mobile, there is a perception issue.

      • Verizonthunder

        Problem is people are still cheap, also desire high end phones for nothing. I was explaining to my brother and wife they could save money on T-Mobile but complain that you have twenty four months payments for a phone. It was a headache on top of my studies, it’s like yelling at people who complain about paying taxes.

        • Jay Holm

          My mother is a cheap person, I explained to her that if she paid full price for her phone, her monthly bill would be $20 less per month, so she paid full price upfront for a Galaxy S4. She is a brand new customer of T-Mobile’s, less than 2 months.

        • Verizonthunder

          Sadly people cannot grip simple economics which can be frustrating. My father desires the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 so I told him to switch to T-Mobile. He replied no I like my forty five dollars a month on Virgin mobile USA, as he slugs down a beer (yuck).

        • gentleman559

          There are no words to describe Virgin Mobile. LOLOLOL

        • Verizonthunder

          Yeah I can say the selection is not kosher

        • calilove

          Its not that most people are cheap right now in this economy we cannot pay full retail price for phones .I know i would if i had the money well i do but i have other bills etc.. I asked some other persons today if they would straight out pay full retail price fo a phone to pay less a month on there bill i showed them how much phones cost on the tmobile website they looked at me like wtf? They were like we have the money yes but lets see no i would not do it i got other bills just like me ..

        • Verizonthunder

          That’s why T-Mobile offers twenty four month zero financing to make it affordable for people. The problem with people is they cannot separate phone bill and cost of phone which is lumped together in a very convenient manner so they call customer service to complain about a phone bill which is easy to view. I assume my brother and his wife think it’s a lease which is not correct either.

        • Allen Enriquez

          I totally agree basically people would need to get some degree of education to understand certain bills for a portion of us we know. I am so glad you pointed out this customer side problem to light.

        • Verizonthunder

          Well good luck with that, majority of this country is full of lazy people even walking is annoying for some.

        • Allen Enriquez

          Yes, upfront payment is out of control 1 year ago i was able to walk out with a high end smartphone for less then $100.00 more especially the sony Xperia z that cost $250.00 with a $140.00 which i paid exactly $97.00! Sure i have the money to pay monthly, however agian down payment no way!

        • taxandspend

          ” it’s like yelling at people who complain about paying taxes”

          Not really

        • Verizonthunder

          I can assure you people complain equally about both maybe not where you live but it’s a common nuance.

  • ghulamsameer

    Their acquisitions were agressive as hell this year, so hopefully they will be just as extensive in both roll outs and further acquisitions.

  • Jason

    Do you just take everything from fierce wireless and post it here?

    • Guest

      I was not aware my comment had some consistency with fierce wireless. I usual don’t read the source article. All I viewed/read was title of article and snippets of the first paragraph. If you are a true knowledge seeker you would have known earlier topics on tmonews about purchases relating to low band frequencies. I knew there plot even before the 600mhz auction was announced that a plan to buy more affordable 700mhz with also expanding new coverage.

  • pda96

    San Diego and Vegas…let’s have some 700MHz coverage, TMO

    • k

      Cox owns that spectrum. Im with you.

      • Jay Holm

        Cox has no need for wireless spectrum, they should just sell it.

  • mattdistro

    I need a Windows Phone that supports band 12.

    • besweeet

      I think we’ll definitely see a few of them in 2015. Hopefully they’ll make a “for Windows” version of the HTC One (M9), or whatever it might be called.

  • k

    Hope TMUS buys up as much in the western us as possible. So much damb real estate out here, need the coverage more than building penetration.

  • Chimphappyhour

    Looks like I need to get myself a Nexus 6 ASAP.

    • Nathan S.

      Good luck. The 64GB version is backordered till the end of days, lol. You can probably find the 32GB at local brick and mortars though.

      • Chimphappyhour

        Last time I looked around, the N6 was nowhere to be found in any of the stores.

  • Jay Holm

    Is Connecticut effected by this Ch51 crap? Any counties in Ct?

    • NOYB

      1/3 of Connecticut on the east side is affected by WJAR located in Providence R.I. The signal reaches that far.

      • Jay Holm

        What about Fairfield & New Haven Counties, are they in the clear, I live in Bridgeport, which is part of Fairfield County.

        • NOYB

          All New Haven County in the clear. Southwest portion of Fairfield county is affected by WNJN in Montclair, NJ. Bridgeport is just past the reach of WNJN signal. You’ll be fine.

        • Jay Holm

          Hmm…sounds good. Now all I need is for the S6 to get here, lol! One more thing, my sister lives in Southington, which I believe is part of Hartford County, do you think Southington will have a problem getting the 700mhz treatment?

        • Justsomecommentor

          Southington is clear. Should have no problem.

        • Jay Holm

          Sounds good.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Too bad most of bay area would be delayed until they move the TV stations to another frequency.

  • Greg Victor

    Hopefully in the coming weeks I can test out some of that band 12 goodness on my nexus 6. =)

  • galaxymaniac

    Mr.CFO, when will T-mobile be aggressive in rolling out real profits? All the fireworks happening now is on borrowed money.

    • I’d only care if I were investing in TMUS. As just a consumer, I couldn’t care less if it were being run into the ground.

      • TB

        Wow, way to be short-sighted.

        • What Cam Thinks

          This guy is a proven idiot, not short sighted. A majority of the nonsense he posts is either false, wrong, boneheaded, or like this one, just plain dumb. Its been a while since he posted something remotely intelligent sounding.

      • xmiro

        only if enjoy having a subpar service

  • VG

    The majority of the Channel 51 TV stations won’t be moving off that spectrum until after the 600 MHz auction? Wow, it could be a few years before NYC gets any T-Mobile service on Band 12 since WNJN TV in Montclair is still broadcasting on Channel 51. That stinks! Oh well, guess there is no hurry to upgrade to Band 12 capable phones.

  • Mark Kendrick

    Give me some good in building coverage and I’ll leave Verizon in a heart beat.

    • xmiro

      if you’re in an area with 700Mhz license indoor coverage should be stellar once it goes live, as that band penetrates even further than 850Mhz and T-mobile has quite the tower density because of AWS and PCS

      • Mark Kendrick

        How would I find out? Unfortunately my town of 80k seems to be on the bottom of the list for everything.

  • vinnyjr

    I have both Verizon and T-Mobile service, honestly Verizon inside my house drops to 3G all day while my T-Mobile LTE is 4 bars all day with killer speeds. Everyone always talks about how great Verizon’s inside coverage is, NOT, can’t prove it by me. As soon as my Verizon contract is up it’s good by to Verizon and hello to my 3rd device on T-Mobile.

    • lsuisme69 .

      I very much agree with you. I also have a verizon, tmobile, and Cricket line which is Att for all intent and purposes. My tmobile line can’t quite match the overall coverage of the others but inside a building it blows the others away…. Makes me wonder if I’ll be dropping down to 4g when 700 mhz goes live in Lafayette Louisiana… Hope not….. I might add that the building in question is metal.

      • Morton H

        I agree also ,, I have had all major carriers over the years and I use Tmob,, and im in NJ/NY areas and the coverage,, LTE speeds,, the HSPA+ wifi calling ,, GSM,, uncarrier,, Unlim everything,, have been far superior than I have ever had before paying even more money with Verizon,, at least ATT did what they could to keep me and give incentives.. Verizon,, didnt even give a shit if I left them or not.. arrogant,, lousy company..

      • xmiro

        No, you’ll stay on LTE if there’s a nearby 700Mhz tower as T-Mobile is installing only LTE technology on 700Mhz. It will have VoLTE so you can do voice calls if your device is compatible.

    • calilove

      Have u tried at&t ? I know verizon drops down to 3G inside buildings… I found att to be better for in building coverage .Here in los angeles att works better . I have tmobile i can drop to EDGE or no service while my friend on verizon drops down to 3G while my bf on att has 2 to 3 bars LTE all in the same building..

      • skywalkr2

        In my experience at my house ATT was useless inside.

        • gentleman559

          Mine too. Couldn’t stay connected on a call.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        different situation depending on your area etc……like mine all but sprint are great in my area.

    • Nate

      No need to wait until contract is up. T-Mobile will pay the Early Termination Fee. Switch now!

  • Eric

    Shouldn’t Neville Ray report this? :-)

    • Haha right? Ray must be busy with network upgrades then.

    • xmiro

      not really, it’s a conference done by hedge funds for investors, Braxton is the Chief Financial Officer and most of the questions were of financial nature

    • k

      Give it up for Neville!!!

  • KingCobra

    Good to hear. No 700mhz here yet in Charlotte or any part of NC but it’s nice to know that it will be live when traveling to other states though. It’s pretty likely that the iPhone 6S will include this band next year too.

    • xmiro

      the Charlotte 700 A block is owned by Cavalier, which is probably next on the list to sell their licenses to T-Mobile. US Cellular however owns the eastern parts so T-Mobile won’t have Raleigh, and Greenville

    • Raiterio Patterson

      Gonna take a shot in the dark but I’m guessing you live in NC, right? I’ve seen your name alot in HoFo & TmoNews. Thanks for all your posts

  • besweeet

    Was surprised that Braxton didn’t mentioned anything regarding the 2G to LTE upgrade project. To me at least, it’s the most important thing that they’ve been doing recently. I guess it’s because we know what’s happening and what their plans are. Some numbers regarding how much has been done so far would’ve been interesting.

    • jacky

      by mid 2015 all 2g edge will be converted to 4 glte.

    • xmiro

      Some who talked to engineers reported that in some areas, I believe it was Oklahoma, they were lighting up 20-30 towers a week as backhaul gets upgraded.

      On the legacy sites they’re only swapping the ground equipment with Nokia’s, the antenna upgrades will come later as they have to climb to add 700Mhz panels too

      • besweeet

        I read that on HoFo as well.

    • Mr Paul

      Probably because it’s too embarrassing to admit that 90% of T-Mobiles coverage outside of cities is 2G with a hint of HSPA+ only in some areas.

      • besweeet

        They’ve obviously admitted it, since they’re upgrading every 2G site… Nice try, though!

  • Brian Cicalese

    Will the iPhone 6 get a software upgrade? I see that there are different chips for lte and wonder if they can program band 12?

    • Unlikely, as each band requires an appropriate filter circuitry in hardware which cannot be added through a software upgrade.

      • Brian Cicalese

        Well hopefully iphone 7 will have it and also the band 12 are set free by tv

      • Brent Hightower

        The iPhone 6 teardown revealed that the Skyworks 77802-23 Low Band LTE PAD chip is being used. I have yet to find the technical specs for this Power Amplifier Module on Skyworks website…which leads me to believe that this chip does in fact support band 12.

        • dtam

          even if it could support band 12, apple would never give it to their customers for free. that’s what makes people buy the iphone 6s

          joking aside, they would need fcc clearance as well. look at the nexus 4, it can support LTE but google never had fcc clearance so it’s disabled

        • Brian Cicalese

          Maybe we can ask skyworks

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Hopefully SC gets some 700mhz love. We have bad gaps with no coverage.

    • William Burr Winans

      Hopefully T-Mobile will buy Cavalier License Group which covers most of SC

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Me too its no interference in the Columbia area so it’ll be beneficial for them to acquire the spectrum.

        • William Burr Winans

          Yeah unfortunately for me I’m in a interference area near Augusta. Oh well I guess I’ll wait a while to get a new smartphone

    • Michael Perez
      • Jay J. Blanco

        Awesome it’s starting to get mapped by users on Sensorly

  • Shlomo Boukai

    If it wasn’t for PBS station WNJN in Montclair, NJ, NYC would be joining Long Island in the Band 12 rollout.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      good to go in fresno and most of the sj valley

  • mingkee

    Where is mobile hotspot (MBB) with band 12?
    Currently I have no plan to upgrade phone until G4 comes out (I won’t buy Samsung phone anymore so don’t get me started).
    There’s no reception inside VA Hospital and Fort Hamilton so band 12 is a solution.
    I don’t want to get hotspot from big 2 because they’re pretty expensive (I can utilize Wi-Fi calling through mobile hotspot where the reception isn’t great).

    • pbxtech

      It’s the ZTE Z915 device – priced at $109.92.

      • mingkee

        Bought it.

    • VG

      The VA hospital in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn? Save your money. Band 12 won’t be turned on in NYC until WNJN TV moves to another channel, and that could take a year, 2 years, or more.

  • marco

    This story mentions Houston TX, i live in Houston and still have not spotted ony b12 yet, i kind of like check every day, kind of like that kid waiting for Christmas. I live near downtown, would that make a difference? I have real good signal everywhere i go, but at work is where it s_cks, right as soon as i get inside BAM no signal, and im here for 12hrs, so have to constantly be getting up and walk outside.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Someone caughtold band 12 1 day in Houston and told Cam. There probably testing but it will be launched soon. Then you’ll have better coverage in your workplace

      • marco

        Yes i remember the comments, and read that Houston will be one of the cities to get band12, that’s the main reason why i bought this phone, cause i don’t think there is to mutch of a difference from the note 3 to the note 4, but that band 12. Hopefully there just waiting to start the year off with a bang on turn on the band 12. (I wish Santa would hurry up and get hear

    • tomarone

      how do you check for that?

      • pbxtech

        In the Service Mode of the device.

      • marco

        *#0011#

        • tomarone

          thanks, but you need the right device for that to work, no?

        • twicetheprice

          Also do *#2263# and you can force it onto “Band 12” to see if anything is picked up.

        • marco

          Ok, and of the 8 selections wich one is supposed to be band 12

  • Aurizen

    I hope they get more low spectrum bands that support phones currently.

  • nycplayboy78

    Ummm well I am in the DC Metro and I have the Galaxy Note Edge and I am not seeing any 700MHz signal strength and my indoor reception is no better than what I had with my Galaxy Note 3…….SIGH……

    • Guest

      Galaxy Note Edge doesn’t have Band 12…….SIGH……

  • Mr Paul

    They also better be aggressive in communication with smartphone manufacturers to make sure they actually have band 12 in more than 2 devices.

  • Marshall

    And yet I am still on 2G…..

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      move or go with cricket? they had 2g at my old place…..had sprint. then moved to a great lte area dumped sprint….

  • Ordeith

    Feels like they say this every year.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      this is tmobile not sprint……….

      • Ordeith

        Exactly

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          explain

  • Oliver Jackson

    It does have Band 12