T-Mobile working with Fox’s WWOR to speed up 600MHz spectrum repack in New York City area

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T-Mobile’s efforts to deploy 600MHz coverage continue today with the announcement of a new partnership.

T-Mobile is teaming with Fox Television Stations to aid in 600MHz spectrum repacking. As part of this deal, WWOR-TV will repack its spectrum in early 2018, more than a year earlier than the FCC’s original August 2019 deadline. The cost of repacking this spectrum will be reduced as well.

With this deal, T-Mobile will have the opportunity to deploy 600MHz coverage for the New York City area more quickly. T-Mo’s 600MHz LTE coverage uses Band 71, and while the LG V30 is currently the only T-Mobile phone that supports Band 71, a Samsung phone with B71 support is also expected before 2017 is up.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • The Waz

    i wonder if they can finish the deployment of 600mhz nationwide before there projected date

    • dtam

      I think they’ll be ahead of schedule, but it’s probably only worth teaming up with TV stations for select markets (ie, major cities)

  • Stephan Tchorbajian

    This is welcome news. However, I had an LG G5 which supports B12 and I get excellent coverage and speeds on Long Island, and in NYC so I’m not in a worry to upgrade. I’ll probably get a new handset in another 2-3 years once the 600 Mhz has been substantially completed and my handset is showing signs of age.

    • MindFog2287

      Wish they’d get the coverage issues fixed from the hospital area in West Islip all the way to Bay Shore. It’s the only place on the more populated areas of the Island I can’t get a signal if I’m inside.

  • Alex Rud

    How about they put out the Note 8 with the band so i can buy it. Otherwise I’ll wait for S9

    • Yunier Cabrera

      wait can they do that ?

      • MindFog2287

        No, they cannot. The S8 hardware is incompatible with Band 71. It can never get it.

        • Dummy Up Meathead

          S8 or Note 8?

  • npaladin2000

    Too bad I’m going to be rocking a Pixel 2 XL for the next 3 years….

    • Dummy Up Meathead

      Shame.

  • CJNewYork

    I think I remember hearing a TMo rep at a store saying that the new band will be up and running in about a year, when he talked about a meeting he attended. I thought he misspoke, but now, maybe?

    • I’ll have to share this with Callie Field.

      Sounds like there’s a moron in the training room who was developing curriculum. Likely that curriculum is based on internet rumors instead of asking someone like Neville Ray for (and I use the word ironically) “expertise”.

      • CJNewYork

        Don’t think the signal will be up within a year?

  • lordabits20

    This is great news for NYC. In manhattan office buildings the reception and speed are non existing. I wonder if this will fix the problem with being above 40 floors. I have full bars of LTE but unable to surf basic web needs. It moves like edge speeds.

    • I’m terribly sorry but you live in a city so densely packed, that the only reasonable solution is wired connections for anything that carries a guarantee.

      Look at it this way- a $250k cell tower (capital expense) will provide service to 100 customers simultaneously; and with reasonable (around 10MB off-network) speed. It remains dependent on Verizon Landline, Spectrum Cable, or a local fiber provider whom can transfer the data and handle the Web traffic you create alongside your Netflix-watching neighbor, while you remain satisfied paying a little more for an upgrade to Hulu.

      So, let’s say your actually in Manhattan. If you live in a building area which has more than 100 people and (total) wireless customers inside, the sheer number of residents itself may justify capital investment for a cellular tower (operating on higher-band PCS or AWS spectrum) on a per-building basis. Where things get tricky is with the 3GSM 3GPP standards– Much like a WiFi Access Point will often cap simultaneous users to 50 or so, LTE has a baseline limit of 98 per sector/site and 300 total “associated” (read: “100 active, and 200 inactive users”) prior to major customization of hardware.

      As for 600MHz, well, it’s very doubtful. 600MHz is 8-10 years out on a commercial basis because it won’t be supported by Apple. Samsung is a dirty little girl though, and we’ll probably see her flaunt around and show some skin (and advertising) from her.

      The best thing you can do is call an complain about coverage and service. Each phone call is calculated roughly at a price of US$18 per phone call (fully-loaded pricing; includes full operational overhead, wages, health insurance for a soul in the US to provide customer support.) Calling about “Congestion at your billing address” is key because it won’t be solved in one phone call, and it also lowers first-call-resolution scores; which drive bonuses for customer service representatives.

      Under normal circumstances, you’ll need make about a call a week, however and right now, your a little behind the curve because next year’s capital budgets are being analyzed for the biggest return on investment. That stated, I’d probably call 3x per week through the end of the year. It works best if you can get 2 friends/family/neighbors to also commit to call and complain in tandem. As long as T-Mobile looses money on your account, but shows coverage at your home address, they’ll increase the priority. After all, it isn’t your fault Andrew Christou and T-Mobile marketing and advertising are adding millions of new customers every quarter.

      One word of advice though- decline getting the “4G LTE Microcell”. How that thing works is it provides service to you and 16 of your neighbors but it freeloads off of your home internet service. If your going to provide free service to 16 of your neighbors, I hope you have enough self respect to ask for a 20% royalty of everyone’s billing statement T-Mobile bills for service that you provide reliable coverage to.

      • lordabits20

        really interesting. thank you!
        at home, offices not too far off level of cell towers and on street level i suppose it’s ok and hovers usually 10-15mbps…acceptable in terms of making a quick google maps or yelp or whatever have you and much more.

        it’s the day to day at the office in most of those buildings where you are stuck with virtually no service due to elevation and congestion.

        I dont think i have the time to call and complain and the microcell is no option. I can possibly have my companies over complicated wifi/vpn network support such things. that’s a heck no. it takes me layers of approval and a stool sample to have any kind of wired connection or wireless connection provided by the financial behemoth to shed a tear about my cell or additive to assist me.

        coworkers with verizon near me tend to do a bit better on this level of reception. so maybe capacity issue? i dont know. but i know im stuck until i move off this high in the sky floor.

      • vinnyjr

        T-Mobile can & will handle the traffic on their NY Network. Everyone living in that Area isn’t on T-Mobile, maybe soon The way they are gaining new customers. (reason they are gaining so many new customers is because their Network can handle it, if not people wouldn’t stay) T-Mobile adds & upgrades their towers constantly. I know this because my brother is a tower jockey for various Carriers including T-Mobile. I’ll say this, T-Mobile spends more $$ on their Network than any other US Carrier. They are investing in their Network and it shows. Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere.