T-Mobile announces LAA testing, LTE-U rollout for customers

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T-Mobile today made a couple of network-related announcements.

First up, T-Mobile has started testing License Assisted Access (LAA) on its network. The testing began in Los Angeles, Calif., yesterday, and the mobile broadband data sessions included download speeds up to 741Mbps using 80MHz of aggregated spectrum.

What’s notable is that T-Mo says it’s the first carrier in the U.S. to perform LAA testing. With this technology, T-Mobile can combine unlicensed and licensed spectrum (with greater carrier aggregation than LTE-U) to offer more bandwidth and faster speeds.

T-Mobile plans to roll out small cells that include LAA functionality later this year.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile is rolling out LTE-U starting today. LTE-U utilizes unlicensed spectrum in the 5GHz band to help improve capacity and boost speeds. LTE-U is now live in select locations in Bellevue, Wash.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Dearborn, Mich.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Richardson, Texas; and Simi Valley, Calif. LTE-U will roll out in more locations later in 2017.

In order to take advantage of T-Mobile’s LTE-U rollout, you’ll need a compatible device. Right now the only device on T-Mobile’s roster than can utilize LTE-U is the Samsung Galaxy S8, but expect more devices to be added in the future.

It’s still early days for LTE-U and LAA on T-Mobile, and it’ll be a little while before lots of people will be able to take advantage of these network features. They’re still worth getting excited about, though, because both technologies should help to improve speeds when you are able to take advantage of ‘em.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • AxelCloris

    Neat, there’s LTE-U in a neighboring town. Unfortunately I don’t have a device that can take advantage of it. The Samsung S8 currently supports LTE-U, do any upcoming devices support it?

    • Marc Maalouli

      I’m just guessing here, but I would be fairly confident that most flagship devices released in (late) 2017 will be able to take a advantage of LTE-U (iPhone 8, Pixel 2 line, Note 8, LG V30, etc). Let’s hope for the best!

      • AxelCloris

        I’ll be cautiously hopeful for the iPhone 8 to have LTE-U support, but I remember reading multiple sites (probably citing the same source) saying the 8 won’t have gigabit LTE. Pixel 2 and LG V30 sound interesting from the rumors so far. My office and home operate within the Apple ecosystem, so I’m likely to stick with Apple, but I’m open to being swayed by an Android device that grabs me.

        • Marc Maalouli

          That’s fair! Apple does seem just to be a tad behind on radios/recievers in the iPhone. The iPhone 6 didn’t have band 12 support, the 6S introduced it. We will see! I’d hope that if the pricing rumors are true about the iPhone 8, that it would include LTE-U support. I won’t pay 900+ for a device that doesn’t support it, be it Pixel or iPhone

        • Jared Hylton

          The 6S can’t even access all of the upgrades that the T-Mobile network has now — Samsung devices seem to be the only ones that take advantage of the good stuff.

        • Hoppysport

          I just got rid of my iPhone 7 Plus due to its beyond awful crapball Intel modem and started using a Galaxy S7 Edge. The difference is night and day.

          I get 2-3 bars now where I would get “No Service” on the 7 Plus. I love iMessage, but that’s about it.

        • Jared Hylton

          I love my Apple products but lately they’ve been letting me down. I’m eyeballing that OnePlus 5. That’s a beast device, and I do believe it has chipset that allows for carrier aggregation and etc — Samsung Galaxy S8 is the only phone I know of right now that supports LTE-U.

        • T Redd

          i has similar issues with a iPhone 6s plus. the reception was horrible compared to my galaxy note 4.

        • Jared Hylton

          Agreed on that! Anything that costs me as much as a high end PC better provide me pleasure services at request, and then some! LoL! Let’s just be real here!! I paid 1300$ US for my MacBook Pro 13″ and that was in Early 2011. That’s still kicking hardcore, but I’ve gone through several generations of iPhone and they cost almost as much as that. At this point they’re just blindly robbing the Apple fans.

        • Jared Hylton

          I’ve heard through the Grapevine that the iPhone 8 is not slated to support LTE-U or LAA — carrier aggregation seems to be an Android-specific push right now. I wouldn’t hold my breath for the iPhone to have it, they typically lag behind by about a half a year or more on certain technology.

      • Trevnerdio

        Apple’s constantly lightyears behind on the newest goodies, but they figure 99% of their user base doesn’t care, so whatever! They’ll just stick old crap in it.

    • bkat11

      Think Samsung

  • Jay Holm

    Anything required to enable LAA/LTE-U on the S8?

    • Jared Hylton

      Go into the settings where you’d select which radios to enable, and just verify that it has the one with all the options selected. I can’t remember exactly the sequence of presses to get into that menu but I know it’s usually under Cellular info. It’s where you can select to only do 3G bands, or 3G+LTE, or 3G+LTE+Carrier Aggregation, or something along those lines I’d suspect, but most likely I’d think it would be enabled by default.

  • IThoughtAsAChild

    How about yall work on signal penetration…3 bars of LTE with turtle slow speeds..

    • Trevnerdio

      That’s not a penetration issue then, that’s a capacity issue if you’ve got 3 bars and it’s still slow.

      • Jared Hylton

        Exactly. At 3 bars you have more than a stable connection. That’s just bandwidth issues.

      • IThoughtAsAChild

        I’m in a very small place where next to nobody has T-Mobile, the closet store is 50 miles away, how can this be? I say penetration issue because at any time I can walk outside and have full bars and blazing speeds..

        • Trevnerdio

          You could be falling back to B12 LTE, which is usually pretty low capacity and only 5MHz. I think it’s even possible for you to be on a “4G” or LTE upload band and a 2G download band.

  • HeatFan786

    Would work with the GS8, right?

  • bkat11

    Damn I’m already seeing speeds of 200+ in my apt in Tampa…could use it at Raymond James Stadium or Amalie Arena

    • Sharti24

      Share a speedtest! What phone are you using?

      • bkat11

        I’ll try…moderator might not let me. Galaxy S8

        • Sharti24

          You can post links on here. They just have to approve it. Not saying i dont believe you, i would just love to see 200mbps

        • bkat11

          I’m trying man…third time

        • bkat11

          My post finally was approved…check out the link above

      • bkat11

        Can’t get past 110 tonight but a couple weeks ago I posted

      • Ray

        I was able to get 160 with my G6 just east of San Francisco.

        • Sharti24

          I can pull 150 with my iphone 6s. Thats only 2CA

      • Iphart

        These results are not from inside a building!
        Heard this joke. If you live outdoors get T Mobile, if you live indoors get AT&T or Verizon.

        • bkat11

          What?

        • bkat11

          They are most definitely from inside my apt in Tampa FL

      • bkat11

        Check out my @Speedtest result! How fast is your internet? http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/2990084166

  • Christopher Mcpeck

    I live in winston. Nc. Just got back from lake Champlain ny. Why I was up there I lost my service all the time. Someone told me it was Verizon country.up that way. And when I go in to myrtle crove nc I lose my service. Is this Las going to make it better ???

  • James Wagner

    T MO needs to close 75% of t MO & metro pcs stores and put that money into better service

    • Angel David Aguilar Soto

      Most of the stores don’t belong to Metro or T Mobile, they are third party stores, that get a commission or phones at low price for them to resell it

      • Iphart

        If a store exclusively sells T-Mobile products ONLY then it is a corporate store.
        3rd party stores offer other carriers as well.

        • Prode

          This is not correct. T-Mobile has stores called TPR stores. These stores are owned and operated by a 3rd party company (Market Source?) that only sells T-Mobile Products. If you walk into a T-Mo and ask they have to tell you if it is a Corp or 3rd party they have to tell you what they are.

        • Jason

          Wrong. There are exclusive dealers. Only sell tmo and arent company owned. I dont know who lied to you, but what you said is 100% false

    • Jason

      LOL What? They are expanding their retail footprint massively not reducing it. 700 and now 600 are providing tons and tons of new markets which is driving retail growth. And thats not at the expense of the network. When you buy 20×20 pretty much nationwide, youre not skimping on the network

  • Mike

    I just got 120 down at JFK airport today.

    • Iphart

      Try that at home!
      A block from my house and outside I get 50-75.
      Inside my house I get 3-7 at most.
      Edit: And that is with cell tower on, (that I got from TM!)

    • Zach Chadwick

      I get 110 down in Fort Wayne, IN.

  • Where can I try this in LA?

  • Jamie S

    I’d be happy if I had any signal to make call! Rural life ain’t for the bandwidwth needy!

    • superg05

      let them know on twitter

  • Jason Caprio

    Coverage/Reliability/Consistency > Speed

    • Jason

      Well you’re about to get lots and lots of both. 600 and 700 address all of your concerns. The added speed is another benefit

      • Jason Caprio

        Well I have that currently on Verizon since I left T-Mobile back in Oct. 2016. One day T-Mobile will catch up….. maybe in 3 – 5 years. The competition between the big 3 (Sprint is dead) is heating up! The consumer wins!

        • Jason

          Itll be a lot, lot sooner than 3 or 4 years. Half the spectrum in 600 is already clear, and very applicable to the type of coverage you were talking about. The thing about it is that TMo didnt have a lot of lowband spectrum. Until now. And when they bought it for cheap, they bought a boatload. They now have more lowband spectrum than ATT.

        • bkat11

          The last phase is scheduled for July 2020 so you’re staring down 3 years for completion. It’s a losing argument with Jason C…he’s passionate but he really doesn’t know s**t and you’ll waste time even arguing with him.

          T-mobile now owns loads of low band 600 and 700 as has done a masterful job refarming their PCS band 2 while expanding their AWS coverage and bandwidth…over the next two years Verizon’s “coverage and reliability” will be nothing more than an outdated marketing campaign. I do agree that T-mobile consumers will be the winners! Verizon will have to do something BIG if they intend to keep their consumers happy

  • sb

    Do you know if you will be testing in the San Francisco Bay area during August through December 2017. I have equipment I am trying to get funding to exchange but it is expensive. Although, I know I legally have to vacate next year, I appreciate if you could tell me about this time frame. Thank you!