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T-Mobile completes Narrowband IoT tests, partners with Las Vegas for IoT projects

After opening T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last year, T-Mo today announced that it’s making another move in that city. T-Mobile is partnering with the City of Las Vegas to deploy Internet of Things (IoT) in the city. This comes following T-Mobile’s successful Narrowband IoT field tests on a live commercial network, something that T-Mobile says it’s the first carrier in North America to have done. These Narrowband IoT tests, which were conducted in partnership … [read full article]

T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter talks covering remaining LTE coverage gap with Verizon

T-Mobile touts that it covers 99 percent of the people that Verizon does, and this week T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter talked up T-Mo’s plans to fill out the remaining coverage. “First and foremost, we really do want to cover that last 700,000 square miles in the US that Verizon has an edge on us on,” Carter said at a Deutsche Bank conference on Wednesday. He went on to say that while T-Mobile does have roaming … [read full article]

T-Mobile CTO suggests 2019 may be opportunity to move to all-LTE network

With the prevalence of 4G LTE coverage and devices, there’s been some discussion of shutting down older networks. Today T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray touched on the topic as it relates to T-Mo. Speaking during MWC 2017 in Barcelona, Ray explained that T-Mo would like to have GSM turned down by 2020, if not sooner. “What do we do first, 3G or 2G? That’s primarily driven by what you can do on voice,” Ray said, adding … [read full article]

T-Mobile launching LTE-U in spring 2017 to increase LTE capacity

After running tests with Qualcomm in early 2016, T-Mobile today announced plans to officially launch LTE-U (LTE for unlicensed). T-Mobile says that it’ll launch LTE-U network capabilities and devices this spring. With LTE-U, T-Mobile will utilize the first 20 MHz of unlicensed spectrum on the 5GHz band, which will enable it to boost its LTE capacity. Here’s how T-Mo explains LTE-U “LTE-U devices and equipment intelligently tap into and share underutilized unlicensed spectrum without affecting … [read full article]

New report says T-Mobile is best in US network quality and performance

Twin Prime, a firm focused on “mobile performance and app acceleration,” recently released a report on the state of mobile performance in the US, and T-Mobile fared pretty well. In its report, Twin Prime found that T-Mobile has the best network quality and performance, offering the fastest speeds on both LTE and 3G networks. On LTE, Verizon is 1 percent slower than T-Mobile while Sprint is 5 percent slower and AT&T is 17 percent slower. The … [read full article]

T-Mobile makes Internet of Things moves through partnerships with Sequans, Novatel Wireless

T-Mobile today made two notable Internet of Things (IoT) announcements. First up, T-Mobile is teaming up with Sequans Communications S.A. to use their LTE Cat 1 tech for T-Mo’s machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT customers. This is a significant upgrade, as T-Mobile is migrating from 2G technology for its M2M and IoT needs. Sequans’ LTE Cat 1 chipset platform is named Calliope, and it’s capable of throughput up to 10Mbps. It also supports Voice over LTE (VoLTE) … [read full article]

New reports say T-Mobile has fastest LTE, highest customer satisfaction in the U.S.

Looks like OpenSignal’s network comparison isn’t the only report that T-Mobile fared well in recently. First up, Ookla’s Speedtest recently shared a report on the stat us U.S. internet in the first half of 2016. On the mobile side, T-Mobile virtually tied with Verizon for fastest download speeds, with T-Mobile posting an average download speed of 21.02Mbps and Verizon putting up an average speed of 21.11. When focusing on LTE performance, though, Ookla says that … [read full article]

T-Mobile Extended Range LTE officially goes live in San Francisco Bay Area

T-Mobile’s Extended Range LTE coverage is growing again today with another major expansion. Extended Range LTE is now live in the San Francisco Bay Area. That includes San Francisco proper as well as several surrounding California cities. The full list of cities covered by this latest expansion: San Francisco, Clearlake, Ukiah, Eureka, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, San Bruno, Burlingame, Foster City, Redwood City, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Menlo Park, Half Moon Bay, San Jose, … [read full article]

T-Mobile Extended Range LTE is officially live in Rochester, N.Y.

Days after I told you about some new Extended Range LTE sightings, T-Mobile has officially confirmed that the coverage is live in a new market. Extended Range LTE is now live in Rochester, N.Y., which includes the surrounding cities of Gates, Brighton, Irondequoit, Batavia, Caledonia, Canandaigua, Seneca Falls and Penn Yann. Additionally, T-Mo has launched two new stores in Rochester at the Webster and Eastview Malls. T-Mobile says that its LTE coverage now reaches 308 million people. … [read full article]

Qualcomm wants to run LTE-U tests with T-Mobile’s help

Qualcomm has submitted an application with the FCC for Special Temporary Authority so that it can conduct tests of pre-commercial LTE-U equipment. The testing will help it learn more about the equipment in its development of commercial devices, helping it to see how the products perform outside of a lab environment. There will also be testing to see how LTE-U and Wi-Fi co-exist in the real world. So where does … [read full article]