T-Mobile meets with FCC to discuss 600MHz rollout

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T-Mobile has repeatedly said that it plans to light up its first 600MHz cell sites this year, and recently T-Mo met with the FCC to discuss those rollout efforts.

In its meeting with FCC representatives, T-Mobile talked up its plans to rapidly roll out its 600MHz network and the importance of this coverage. T-Mo explained that the 600MHz rollout will “[bring] new competition and choice to rural areas previously unserved by T-Mobile.”

T-Mobile also shared two slides with the FCC, with one showing its projected end of 2017 coverage without its 600MHz spectrum and the other showing its projected end of 2017 deployment with the 600MHz spectrum. We can see a dramatic increase in coverage in in the Midwest, with states like Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Kansas all gaining much more magenta with 600MHz.

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Also a part of T-Mo’s meeting was the broadcasters that need to transition off of the 600MHz spectrum so that T-Mobile can begin using it. T-Mobile pointed out that it’s doing its part to help broadcasters, like by covering the costs of rural PBS broadcasters in their effort to relocate off the 600MHz airwaves.

T-Mobile used its FCC meeting to express concerns that some broadcasters are trying to use the 600MHz transition funds to help purchase ATSC 3.0 broadcast equipment, and T-Mo also urged the FCC to reject what it says are the “late-filed ‘comments’ of ION Media Networks as well as the National Association of Broadcasters’ March 17, 2017 Petition for Reconsideration of the repacking Public Notice.”

Getting back to the 600MHz rollout, T-Mobile has said that it plans to light up its first 600MHz cell sites this month. It’s unclear exactly where we’ll see 600MHz coverage go live first, but it’s still exciting to know that we’re so close to the start of the 600MHz rollout, especially considering that the FCC’s auction ended just a few months ago.

On the device side of things, T-Mobile will have Samsung and LG phones that support its 600MHz network later this year.

Via: FierceWireless
Source: FCC

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  • bydavidrosen

    We go camping in Great Basin National Park every July. This year for the first time ever, I had great LTE data signal for like 5-10 minutes at a time (then it would disappear for 15-30 minutes or so) on my S8+. My girflriend also has T-Mobile but a Note 5 and she just got little bits of lesser signal every so often. Last year we got nothing at all. Could the 600mhz rollout have something to do with it knowing that only my S8+ would have been able to get it anyway… Weird thing is that area (near Baker Nevada on the Utah border about 5 hours north of Las Vegas) has absolutely no coverage on the signal map, but sure enough I got signal here and there, and it wasn’t roaming.

    • Greg Abbott

      Your S8+ can’t and won’t ever do 600mhz.

      See here:
      https://twitter.com/NevilleRay/status/894743727196880896

      • bydavidrosen

        yeah sounds like it was the Bands that I was thinking of (based on the other reply I got) that my s8 could get but her note5 couldnt.

        • kev2684

          Band 12 most likely.

          T-Mobile operates LTE on Band 4 (primarily), Band 2, and Band 12.

          In the future, Band 66 (extension of Band 4 like Band 12 was to Band 17), and this new one, Band 71.

        • SirStephenH

          Band 12 isn’t an extension of band 17. B17 was created for AT&T/Verizon as a cheap workaround for interference issues in B12 instead of having them deal with it properly. B17 is currently being phased out in favor of the original B12.

        • Giovanni Gentile

          I’m agree with you, so well while don’t support for new Band 71!

    • bkat11

      Nope…just the current expansion and probably Band 12 expansion as well as Band 2 refarm. But that’s good news though

      • bydavidrosen

        ahh. gotcha. there’s so many bands and megahertz and all that stuff. can’t keep em straight haha. but yeah, good news for sure :-)

  • pda96

    Naval Air Station in San Diego……what have u done lately for this area TMO??

    • Sharti24

      Yes. Even 32nd street coverage sucks on base

  • Jay Holm

    So people who live in these rural states with newly deployed 600mhz will ONLY(?) have service on one band?!?!?

    • bkat11

      Yes…but did you see how much bandwidth some of those areas will have??? 25-50mhz bands which in some cases is almost double their current AWS bands

    • Douglas Jackson

      One band better than no coverage, and at least T-Mobile is addressing the issue,, they trying to cover the entire U.S by 2019. People like you and many other make fun of TMobile not having coverage in rural areas or outside of big cities so you should be happy they working trying to cover the entire U.S.

  • taxandspend

    They own band 12 in Pittsburgh. They could try rolling out better coverage there.

  • Ja’Keim Haniah

    When will they be building out in Alaska

    • Douglas Jackson

      You live in Alaska?

  • Tony ZumMallen

    Oh and all know the bast majority of rural folks upgrade their phones every year like the big city folks. Why is that pertinent? Well not many phones operate on 600mhz yet……….so TMO can turn up a few and by a few i mean they are launching maybe 300 sites total in the 600 band…so it is really nothing. Just the ability to fill in the map at a very low price and quickly..its a pure marketing promo. No substance to it.

  • elzorrotoro

    OK, OK, I know I am behind times, but my Nokia 6263 flip phone with 3g works fine for what I use it for. Was told by a t-Mobile after 9-15-17 it will no longer work. I live in the Detroit Metro area.

    Can anyone confirm this….

    • jacob

      its likely true. they have to repurpose the 3g into lte eventually.