T-Mobile shares more info on 600MHz spectrum transition process

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Last month, T-Mobile revealed that it spent nearly $8 billion on 600MHz spectrum, making it the biggest spender in the FCC’s auction. Now T-Mo has revealed more details on its plans for deploying that spectrum for consumer use.

T-Mobile has posted an animation that shows the phases in which the 600MHz spectrum that it purchased will be transitioned to its use. There are 10 phases in total, each with its own deadline for the TV broadcasters to transition the spectrum to T-Mobile’s use.

The image you see at the top of this post shows the regions in which broadcasters aren’t in the wireless band, which means that T-Mobile can begin deploying its network this year. You can then watch the animation slowly fill in with more magenta as it progresses toward July 2020, when all of the 600MHz spectrum should be transitioned for T-Mo use.

As a reminder, T-Mobile has said that it plans to have a Samsung device with 600MHz support in time for the holidays. No other devices have been confirmed for 2017 yet, but T-Mo has said that other manufacturers are making plans for their own 600MHz products.

Which phase of T-Mobile’s 600MHz transition is your part of the country in?

Via: Reddit
Source: How Mobile Works

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  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Lame

    • Tmo_User

      REASON???

  • Jay Holm

    4 full years til full deployment…that is a year longer than I thought. Looks like a good bulk of it will be deployed during 2019 though. . .so I guess in the time being T-Mobile will be refarming more of it’s 850mhz spectrum away from HSPA and migrating it to LTE?

    • Tanner B. Harman

      Tmobile doesn’t own any 850… Except one market ok the East Coast.

      • Jay Holm

        Maybe I meant 1900mhz refarmed….they are refarming spectrum from HSPA to LTE, right?

        • Derek Mounce

          HSPA I believe is in 1700/2100 band 4 if I’m not mistaken at least in my area 1900mhz band 2 is being used for LTE and voice tho we don’t have any HSPA either so lol

        • SirStephenH

          T-Mobile’s LTE is primarily in band 4 (also in bands 2, 12, and 66). The spectrum that they’re refarming from HSPA is in bands 2 and 4. They’ve been refarming band 4 first to get wideband while squeezing HSPA into smaller and smaller chunks of band 2. In the end it really depends on their spectrum holdings in the area.

        • Jay Holm

          Can you tell me if B66 is deployed in Texas…..Houston, Dallas…anywhere else in Texas??? Also what frequency is B66?

    • John Doe

      Yeah I am starting to think Verizon and AT&T were not stupid after all for staying out of the auction because 5G will be big in 2020 and if T-Mobile does not start 5G rollout now along with their 600Mhz rollout they will be behind them. Hopefully, T-Mobile already has spectrum for 5G because Verizon and AT&T already have high band spectrum. This 600Mhz will not really help with 5G which is supposed to be very low latency and gigabit speeds.

      • bkat11

        Verizon and AT&T already blew 2x that amount in mid band cause they already own low band.

      • m_shark

        5G is a long way, mass deployment in major markets by 2025. Suburban/rural by 2030

        • John Doe

          WTF? NO. 2030 LMAO

        • wright1bby

          2030 is too soon to expect high band spectrum 5g to be deployed in semi/rural areas. Never is a closer time frame. Anything that requires you to be within 200 metres of an antenna to work properly just won’t be feasible except in densely densely populated areas.
          High band 5g is a hotspot and concrete jungle solution. It doesn’t like distances or foliage.

        • John Doe

          He said 5G will be fully deployed by 2030. It took 4G LTE in the USA like 4-6 years LoL T-Mobile launched 4G in 2013/2014 and we are in 2017. It should not take more than a decade to finish 5G Technology moves much faster than that.

        • Jay Holm

          Umm…there happens to be an article on THIS very website about T-Mobile deploying 5G in….ready for it……2019!!!!! So is 2019 what you really meant when you wrote 2025?

        • m_shark

          They hope to start in 2019 and have a 5G network on 600 MHz in 2020. It’s really an impressive target, considering 5G hasn’t been standardised. Without that you can’t have network equipment, chipsets, devices.
          Anyway I wish they succeed and push forward the market.

        • Jay Holm

          “Hasn’t been standardized”, your speaking in the context of the 1st half of 2017, not in the context of 2019. John Letters and especially Neville Ray know far, far more about the roadmap of the next 24-36mo’s than you and me.

  • Jay Holm

    Likely, but 600mhz doesn’t seem to be very relevant until 2019…

    • SirStephenH

      “2919”!?
      We’ll all be long dead by that time.

      • Jay Holm

        Oooops, meant 2019…sure you knew that though, lol.

      • Mark

        Not me . . .

  • donnybee

    I love how all the people that constantly cry that “T-Mo needs to do something about their network” are still crying now that T-Mo is doing something about their network. You could do exactly what these trolls want and they’ll still troll.

    I live in Utah. Mountains EVERYWHERE. Lots of rural areas. Lots of suburban areas. Not only do I already get great existing service in these areas, but also in the metro SLC areas. Honestly, if you’re unhappy with T-Mo doing something about their network over your bomb shelter, get a new network and stop trolling. That’s all it is at this point.

    • It’s always the number one “complaint” I see about T-Mobile. “They need to fix their crappy network! Their coverage sucks!” Well, there you are, folks, they’re doing exactly what you said you wanted. And yet I too still see people complaining. Ridiculous.

      • Jay Holm

        If their network was THAT “bad” T-Mobile wouldn’t have soared past Sprint as easily and swiftly as they did in the past 3yrs….and now here they are in 2017 with 70+ million customers. I’ve been with T-Mobile now for just over 4yrs and am very happy.

        • Acdc1a

          It hasn’t been “that” bad in years but perception is reality. People who used T-Mobile half a decade ago badmouth their network which leads people who’ve never even used it to badmouth the network.

        • Jay Holm

          Like what happened with the movie Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice, stupid reviews ruined it! People are brainwashed too easily!

        • MadMartigan

          I saw it. It was horrible.

          Subjective opinion, of course – but I wouldn’t watch that movie again if you paid me. It was almost physically painful to watch.

        • Jay Holm

          Oh. Your just a crap-talker is all who lacks the ability to appreciate awesomeness!!!

        • MadMartigan

          Well, if that was “awesomeness”, then yes; I lack the ability to appreciate it, and for that, I am thankful. :-)

          For what it’s worth, there hasn’t been a single Batman movie that I have actually enjoyed, so that might play a part.

        • Sam Donald

          Our culture is easily amused.

        • MadMartigan

          Ew. Keep your culture away from me. It might be contagious. :p

        • Jay Holm

          Then perhaps you should just stay away from the entire comic movie genre, and watch movies like Fifty Shades of Gray then.

        • MadMartigan

          Thank goodness that’s not the only other options and that there are quite a few comic-based movies that are actually, like … good.

        • Jay Holm

          Wow, so you are capable of actually thinking something is good? Wow, I’m impressed? You should practice being something in life other than a crap-talker. Like I said, you should just stay away from comic movies, you really should.

        • MadMartigan

          So if someone doesn’t like the Bat dude, they aren’t allowed to like any other movies from that genre?

          Got it. Sound logic. Very rational. /s

    • Arysyn

      I agree.

      I’m very impressed by T-Mobile for not going cheap in the 600mhz auction as was rumored they were only going to try getting nationwide 5×5, which I was hoping not to be true. I wanted T-Mobile to aim for at least 10×10, but try to get 15×15 or more wherever they could, which is exactly what T-Mobile did, and I’m glad of it.

      I’d really like for DT/T-Mobile to purchase Dish for the added spectrum and the additional television services they could use for the extra competitive edge against AT&T and whatever cable option Verizon might go after, which I’m suspecting will be Comcast. I know Verizon is in a bidding war of sorts with AT&T over some high-band spectrum, which if Verizon loses, Sprint’s spectrum and business viability may be a target for Verizon. Overall, I view Dish as that leverage T-Mobile needs, and with this, T-Mobile will be set for a very long time.

      • marque2

        What does this 5×5, 10×10, 20×20 business mean? I assume higher numbers are better. And how does one buy 5mhz vs 20mhz, is the 600 band really a range of 5mhz bands that can be mixed together? Is there a cell phone networking guide for dummy’s somewhere on the internet where I could read about all this?

        Thx

        • dtam

          that’s how wide the band is. so if tmo bought 10 mhz of 600 mhz band, that means they have 5 mhz uplink and 5 mhz downlink. the more you have, the better speeds you can get (think of each 5 mhz block as a lane on the highway). so 20×20 means they have 40 mhz of spectrum.

          as for 600 mhz band being a range of 5 mhz bands, kind of, but I think it’s easier for hardware deployment to have continuous spectrum for uplink and downlink (this is why companies swap spectrum). I think you can set your broadcast to go from 601-620 mhz rather than 601-605, 611-615.

          not sure where to find the geeky cell phone networking guide on the interwebs…just kind of pick up bits and pieces

        • Trevnerdio

          Are you sure 5MHz means 2.5 up and 2.5 down? I was always under the impression that mean 5×5, but I could be wrong!

        • Arysyn

          dtam’s reply is correct. It is based on the width of mhz downlink by uplink a carrier has in a particular band of spectrum.

    • Exactly. I live in Cedar City and I’m happy with the great coverage I’m seeing.

  • SirStephenH

    “Phase 7/10”
    Lame! Hopefully they’ll be able to clear the airwaves sooner. They were pretty quick at getting B12 cleared out.

    • Jay Holm

      B12 was cleared out a long time ago as in 07/08 probably. It was bought by T-Mobile from Vzn more recently though.

      • SirStephenH

        There were a lot of stragglers in the lower A block that T-Mobile uses. Some areas we’re still only recently cleared.

  • Phil7474

    Phase 2 in my area. (Houston)

  • izick

    Phase 4, Boston. But it’ll be nice to go to Maine an have service as soon as Google releases a phone with compatible bands.

    I also can’t wait until they get this up in central VA and West Virginia, where this is needed big league.

    • bkat11

      Verizon screwed you Pixel lovers over if you ever want to use on T-mobile

  • Sharti24

    Hopefully the 2018 iPhone has the 600mhz band built into it

    • Acdc1a

      Much more likely than the 2017 model that some iFans are holding their breath for.

      • Sharti24

        Zero chance the 2017 iphone will have the 600mhz.

        • Acdc1a

          Don’t have to tell me that. It amazes me how wrapped up in a corporation Apple people get.

    • bkat11

      There’s really no point in Apple selling band 71 right now as very little of the US will have it before 2018

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Looks like I’m in Phase 4, going to be a bit for the NYC area (August 2019).

    Guess that means it’s safe to buy a OnePlus 5, my Axon 7 isn’t going to last THAT long. :)

  • Marcus Rose

    Denver, CO

  • m_shark

    What’s the deal? T-Mo already operates LTE in band 12 (700 MHz) with decent coverage and device support.

    • Sharti24

      True but its Only 5x5mhz which leads to congestion in large cities

      • dtam

        +1, it’s a good backup network, but not even close the enough capacity to handle all of the users

    • Frankenstu

      And there are many areas where they can’t get any Band 12.

  • Adam

    Looking at the map, this is great news for my relatives in flyover states. I’m not sure which they will be happier about: the ability to finally switch from Verizon to T-Mobile or the new ability to sell US beef to China.

    • slybacon

      Does Verizon block your relatives from selling beef to China? lol

      • Adam

        The block came from the Chinese government. It sure seems like my relatives have a lot to be happy about lately.

      • Arysyn

        Beef✔ from Verizon

  • Ascertion

    That feeling when Alaska is prioritized over your home market. C’mon T-Mobile, Jacksonville, FL has the spectrum vacant already. Why can’t you do a quick rollout!!!

    EDIT: Q1 2020 for Jax, FL. 0_o

    • bkat11

      Pretty sure they are close to band 12 deployment and band 2

      • Ascertion

        They do have B2 (10mhz) + B4 (20mhz) + B12 (5mhz). Was just hoping 600 was layered on top. Maybe I am acting spoiled. If B12 rollout (still rolling out now) reaches those dead zones on the city outskirts, I will be happy. My guess is between now and 2020 they will refarm PCS to B2 (going from 10×10 to 15×15) and then likely utilize LTE-U for capacity to match growth.

        • Jay Holm

          Dude! You should be a tech for T-Mobile!

    • dtam

      they also have nothing in alaska…at least this was the case 3 years ago. i was roaming the entire time i was there

      • Ascertion

        From what I’ve read, T-Mobile lease their spectrum out to one of their partner companies. I think the name is GCI Wireless. Is the roaming counted as native data usage?

        • steveb944

          When I was there it was under the limited MB roaming agreement. Either way it was horrendous so it’s much needed out there.

    • Brian Richards

      It has nothing to do with priorities at tmo. The band’s are currently in use and the current licensees don’t have to stop using them until later.

      • Ascertion

        Jacksonville FL’s 600Mhz holdings T-Mobile bought are currently vacant. All 20Mhz of it. It absolutely does come down to priority.

  • bkat11

    T-mobile is making claims they can build their 5G network on this 600mhz infrastructure

    • Frankenstu

      No they are not. It is only part of the solution.

      It also has 200MHz of 28/39GHz bands that covers nearly 100 million people in major metro areas and “an impressive volume” of mid-band spectrum for 5G use. The goal is to offer a 5G network that has both reach and offers the high-speeds that people will expect from 5G.

      “Nationwide Mobile 5G will require both high-band AND broad low-band coverage, and having unused nationwide 600 MHz spectrum means T-Mobile is in an ideal position to deliver.”

      T-Mobile’s goal is to begin deploying 5G coverage in 2019, and it hopes to have nationwide coverage in 2020. That’s definitely a ways off, but there’s still work to be done with regard to 5G standards, new chipsets, equipment, and so on. Companies like Ericsson and Nokia have committed to helping T-Mobile deploy 600MHz and 5G coverage.

    • slybacon

      5G refers to fifth generation hardware technologies, not radio waves. Radio waves simply exist, just like gravity. The antennas in phones and towers is what will define 5G. You can use 5G tech on any frequency of radio waves.

      • bkat11

        I always thought it was bandwidth…guess I’m not a tech for T-Mobile like you

        • AngryBadger

          it’s a marketing term that has been bastardized to all hell. i’d rather see numbers for download/upload than any term like 3,4,5G… especially during peak periods.

        • slybacon

          You can have 5, 10, 15, 20, etc MHz on the 600, 700, 1900, etc MHz waves. Each 5mhz chunk is a channel (bandwidth) on the 600mhz radio wavelength (frequency). Width times length? Wifi has always been 2400 MHz and 5000 MHz frquencies, yet wifi speeds have gotten faster with technology advancements. Think of 4G as 802.11N and 5G as 802.11AC.

      • Jay Holm

        Umm.. it is the combination of high gigahertz and low megahertz frequencies that will enable Gigabit speeds that will enable 5G. . . pretty sure that is quite clear, and that is indeed radio waves.

        • slybacon

          Combining low and high frequencies will create higher speeds. Tmo has demonstrated gigabit per second LTE speeds already. That doesn’t mean 5G technology. It’s still LTE technology. Everything currently being used for 4G is being converted to LTE technology (refarming). Same radio frequencies as 4G, but now using LTE tech. Every radio frequency used for LTE will then be used for 5G in a decade or so. 5G isn’t defined by speed.

  • maybe ill still be alive when it hits florida.. jeez

  • SEBA

    East cost has time to 2019. No rush to upgrade phones now

  • Konor Sacks

    I hope the 2017 google pixel has 600mhz support. Otherwise​ I don’t see the reason to update this year

    • steveb944

      Doubt that it will.

  • Dakota_Offspring

    My home state North Dakota in phase 1? Who would’ve guessed.

    • dtam

      the spectrum isn’t currently being used so it makes it easier

  • slybacon

    All of Utah is Phase 1!!! Only covers 3 million people though.

    • Jonathan Turner

      Utah is almost always last for these kinds of things. Nice to be first for once.

      • Exactly. Here in Cedar City, speeds aren’t bad but the coverage needs improving.

      • jonzey231

        Google Fiber?

        • Jonathan Turner

          That’s a good and welcome example to the contrary. Unfortunately for that specific example, Good Fiber isn’t available everywhere in Utah. :(

  • Lawrence Ferreira

    hawaii lol dam 6/2019 looooong wait

    • Tony Chen

      THE TV HAS TO MOVE OUT OF THE SPECTRUM BEFORE T MOBILE MOVES INTO SPECTRUM.

      • Sectime

        All caps is so cool.

    • Jay Holm

      Not a whole lot of deployment is going to happen before 2019 so don’t hold your breath.

  • Seth Owens

    Ofc Norther Virginia isnt until 8/19 it’s bad enough already they must not have a lot of customers here to care about.

    • SeanBear

      Thanks because T Mobile is already great in Northern VA. I have full 4-5 bars all over Fairfax county…works in places ATT doesn’t.

      • Seth Owens

        Well I’m in Winchester and it’s pretty bad. 4-5 bars doesn’t say much.

    • Jay Holm

      Don’t necessarily blame T-Mobile. They are deploying the 600mhz spectrum as fast as they can depending on the TV stations vacating the spectrum.

  • master94

    2019 for New York City?? Still have zero bars in Queensboro plaza.

  • Nobody Special

    I’ll probably be dead from old age by the time they reach my town…. Do I really need to wait till 2020 to have a usable signal in my house?

    Oh….umm…. I guess now T-Mobile will tweak the new phone plans to the “T-Mobile New One Plan” that coincide with this new spectrum. Just my 2cents… but if you want THIS new 600 MHZ service…. im sure T-mobile will have you migrate to the “New One Plan” with all new pricing tiers ;)

    i want to stay with my 4G network…. i would be happy to get “reliable” 4G before i get “experimental” 600mhz 4G/LTE … and maybe T-Mobile should allow everyone who currently have less than adequate coverage migrate to the new network with no added fees or cost.

    P.S. I want to keep my Simple Choice Plan @ The Price I Already Pay (I’m Grandfathered).

    • Joe

      You really don’t know what your talking about do you? Yes this is the first time 600mhz is being used for LTE but it will not take much time for t-mobile to test it and make sure it works well. Also why would you need to leave a plane to use the new spectrum? That is not how it works.

      • Nobody Special

        I know only partially of what I’m talking about when it comes to the 600mhz spectrum. But as far as moving from my current Plan to fully enjoy this new spectrum (you may not understand business) but I have already been affected by Being strong armed to change plans on services far less than this awesome new 600mhz spectrum. T-Mobile has been trying to get me to change my plan in these last few months just to upgrade my Mobile Internet Plan for my Tablet from 2GB to 6GB. There is even on their website some Grandfathered Plans will not be allowed to add some services that were available to you even last month as a way for you to leave what you currently have to make changes and get what you actually want. It would be nice to upgrade my tablet from 2GB of 4G to 6GB of 4G…. but I shouldn’t have to change my plan to the T-Mobile One Plan to make that upgrade. You may be on the T-Mobile One Plan, so you wouldn’t understand what I’m referring to (but that’s ok).

        MARK MY WORD…. T-Mobile will use this 600mhz feature to trick the rest of us Simple Choice Promo Grandfathered subscribers to move to the T-Mobile One Plan….

        KICK BACK FEATURE – (not available for the Simple Choice Plan customers)
        Taxes included in price – ( not available for the Simple Choice Plan Customers)

        I don’t know how they will do it, but…. when they restructure the T-Mobile One Plan “again” and they now add 75GB of 600 mhz of 5G wifi tethering…. I will contact customer service and they will tell me “Sorry, 75GB of 5G wifi hotspot tethering are only for T-Mobile One Subscribers….. I will notify you on this post telling you “I told you so”.

        • marque2

          TMobile One plan turned out to be the same price as my 6 gig plan. I know the make the plan confusing, but they added so much to One since it started that it is now a worthy plan, esp I’d you have multi lines.

        • Nobody Special

          i will have to agree with you…. the T-mobile ONE plan over time has had many changes to it, to make it very, very appealing. My one gripe with the ONE plan is the lack of the Binge On feature. Not having BingeOn doesn’t affect phone usage for T-Mobile ONE customers…. but you will feel the burn when you try and use your tethering allowance (GOTCHA). I only have 7GB of tethering on my Simple Choice Plan…. but due to the BingeOn feature while tethering … I can BingeOFF and OFF all day and night without poking a dent in that very small 7GB limit (GOTCHA AGAIN).

          Oh… and also the price of the ONE plan cost much more than those of us who have the Gradfathered Plan. For those who are switching from Verizon and AT&T….. well, yes…. the T-Mobile ONE Plan and all of it’s features are better than what they are accustomed to.

        • marque2

          Another issue, without binge on, it makes it very difficult to get the $10 discount if you stay under two gigs of data.

        • Geno2733 .

          I migrated to the 1-plan from the SCNA plan — my bill came out to be $1.50 less than my old plan. No, I didn’t get the 1+ plan, for I don’t have a tablet.

  • JLP474

    lol I love how everyone moans n groans…there aren’t any phones yet able to use 600 and tv is still using it…patience is a virtue.

    • Shawn Brookins

      I Agree, I wonder if the Note 8 will be the first Samsung phone to support the 600mhz band. I’m currently with Cricket Wireless LOL, I been waiting for T-Mobile to deploy more service in my area, their speeds are better when they have coverage in the area. I’ll wait, I have a Note 4 still and it works so no point is rushing for a latest and greatest if you don’t have the best radio bands!!

      • JLP474

        Don’t think the S8 is 600Mhz compatible…phones are being developed and tested now for it…it’ll be some time till everything is ready.

        • AveryKucan

          The S8 is compatible, at least the hardware is. A software update will enable it.

          Kind of like the BLU R1 with no VOLTE< getting it later.

        • No, the S8 is not compatible.

  • steveb944

    Come on Phase 4!…. You can do it!

  • Andrew Wallace

    Sweet! Phase 1 here! Gonna get on Jump on Demand (current T-Mobile customer) so I can get a phone compatible with 600 mhz when it comes out.

    • Geno2733 .

      Pack a lunch. It’ll be awhile. Even the people at the stores don’t know when they’re getting 600mhz phones.

      • Brad Kinney

        This fall from Samsung and LG. (Note 8 and V30?)

  • Joe

    Heck, not only do NOT get band 12, but it will take toll 2020 to get 600.

  • Geno2733 .

    So, with overlapping radio bands on top of existing coverage — T-Mobile should be able to reach EVERY college town in the United States. People on a budget will flock to T-Mobile, and it will overtake VZW as the #1 Carrier by 2021.

  • Trevnerdio

    Hahahaha oh no…praying I’ll be moved from Tallahassee by the time they do the transition! March 2019? Good Lord </3 Panama City gets it in early 2018!

  • Ven

    What LTE frequency band is this new 600 MHz spectrum on? Coverage wise it should do wonders as they can cover a wide area with fewer towers due to this low bands penetration capability. Data rates would be lower as low freq equals low rates for the same bandwidth.

    • slybacon

      Band 71. Slower speeds the farther you are away from the tower.

  • Brad Kinney

    Not deployed until 3/20 here…but I can’t complain (much) I get a steady 4-5 bars of LTE. Still, I WANT 5G NOW! (Grin)