T-Mobile partners with KXAS-TV to speed up 600MHz repack in North Texas


T-Mobile has announced that it’s teaming up with NBC’s KXAS-TV to speed up a 600MHz repack, much like it did with Fox’s WWOR in New York City last year.

T-Mo is working with NBC 5/KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas to more quickly repack the stations 600MHz spectrum in North Texas and surrounding areas. With this partnership, KXAS-TV will move to its new frequency in late May 2018, well ahead of the FCC’s June 21, 2019 deadline.

In addition to helping the station move to its new frequency more quickly, this agreement means that T-Mobile can more quickly utilize the 600MHz spectrum to enhance its 4G LTE coverage and capacity in the area. The areas that’ll benefit from these 600MHz improvements include Paris, Sulphur Springs, Tyler, Waco, and Wichita Falls in Texas as well as Ardmore and Durant in Oklahoma.

While T-Mo is working hard to begin deploying its 5G coverage this year, that doesn’t mean that it’s done improving its 4G LTE network. This repacking agreement is evidence of that and is great news for customers who plan on sticking with T-Mobile 4G LTE for a while rather than being a 5G early adopter.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • AA-Ron

    Love hearing me like this. Keep pushing forward

  • slybacon

    And 5G-capable phones will connect to 5G and LTE simultaneously. So, there’s no real reason to not keep investing in LTE still.

    • Jon

      it’s all the same…

    • Jason

      They will phase spectrum over to 5G gradually. The way they did with the 4G transition.

      • slybacon

        It’ll be different than 3G to 4G, cause they don’t function simulataneously. With 5G, you can use the spectrum on 5G and LTE at the same time on a 5G phone. LTE will stick around a lot longer than 4G does/did.

        • SirStephenH

          Phones will be able to switch between LTE and 5g nearly instantaneously but, just as with past technologies, they will not be able to use both at the same time.

        • slybacon

          That’s not what T-Mobile said. They said 5G phones will be able to use 5G and LTE simultaneously.
          “In a 5G world, LTE networks will continue to be critically important because the first 5G smartphones will use both 5G and LTE simultaneously. Currently, phones must choose between 2G, 3G, or 4G LTE and use one at a time.”
          Go to newsroom . T-mobile . Com to read the full article called “T-Mobile Building out 5G in 30 Cities this year…and That’s Just the Start.”

  • Cam Fas

    Can’t wait for edge and hspa+ to be fully decommissioned. 2018 it’s time for all available spectrum to run LTE & 5G.