T-Mobile’s expanded Crown Castle agreement will bring more small cells to improve 4G LTE, prep for 5G


T-Mobile this week announced a deal to improve its existing 4G LTE network and help it to prepare for 5G.

T-Mobile and Crown Castle have agreed to expand their long-term relationship. As part of the deal, Crown Castle will deploy more small cells within its footprint and roll out small cells in new markets. This will help T-Mo to increase its 4G LTE network capacity and get ready for its 5G deployoment.

Here’s T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray on this new agreement with Crown Castle:

“This agreement expands our long-term partnership with Crown Castle. By installing additional small cell locations, our customers will have an improved wireless experience with LTE and as we migrate to 5G.”

And here’s a statement from Crown Castle CEO Jay Brown:

“Our expanded agreement with T-Mobile strengthens our longstanding relationship and provides a variety of economic benefits to local governments, businesses, and consumers in new and existing markets. We look forward to continuing to support T-Mobile’s growth by investing in infrastructure assets to meet their network needs for years to come.”

T-Mobile has said that it’ll build out 5G coverage in 30 U.S. cities in 2018, including New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Las Vegas. The 5G network will utilize 600MHz spectrum and millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum to start. It’s important that T-Mo continue to improve its 4G LTE coverage at the same time that it’s preparing to deploy 5G, though, because many customers will stay on 4G LTE for a while. This extended agreement with Crown Castle will help T-Mo do just that.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • riverhorse

    So in about 6 to 12 months. Hopefully phones won’t be so behind the adoption curve as with 600mhz.

    • MJ

      but the new iPhone JUST got released. Do you think it will support 5G with a software update?

      • slybacon

        No 5G iPhone until at least 2020. Apple is usually a year or two behind early adopters of cellular tech.

        • Yonatan Ben Magen

          5G tech will more than likely be a step back at first with higher energy use antennas either bigger battery or more freq recharges – as well need for multiple antennas (possibly a retro external stub) IIRC metal backs and glass and 5G don’t play very well. Such is the bleeding edge of tech while it matures (we are at the maturity point with 4G tech still lots of room for improvement -but 5G infancy )

    • SirStephenH

      It’ll be worse. New leaps in technology are more difficult to implement than new bands and therefore take longer to adopt.

  • Bklynman

    Let see what great things Apple had done that the other phone makers have copy. No removable battery,for a time no sd card slot,no headphone jack,and thanks to Apple we have nano,mini,sim cards,when the last time anyone saw full size sim card? If Jobs was still around Iphones would come with 2″ screens,all the other makers would follow them!

    • Frankwhitess

      Um….. your writing on the wrong Article … that comment you posted belongs on the other blogs mentioning the New I phone .

  • JG

    So I’m apparently not as well informed as I’d like to be… Could someone explain what Crown Castle is, where this agreement is going to benefit the most etc… Thanks :)

    • Ver

      They own the equipment you see hanging on telephone poles etc. They rent to all the wireless carriers.

    • bkat11

      They are one of the largest cell phone tower owners in the US. Looks like they are expanding small cell coverage to fill in the gaps where large towers can’t reach

    • Trevnerdio

      T-Mobile used to do a lot of business with them, but then T-Mobile, many years ago, sold all of their towers to these types of companies and then opted to lease them back instead. It saved them a lot of short-term cash.

      • SirStephenH

        That’s not true. T-Mobile still owns and operates a couple thousand of its own towers.

  • Cam Fas

    T-Mobile should just fill in the areas that they got 15+15 600mhz and just push it to 20+20 buying a extra 5mhz sliver in areas like vegas so we can have 10+10 for lte and then 10+10 for 5g so we can keep the capacity available.

    • SirStephenH

      The areas with 15+15MHz of band 71 also have 5+5Mhz of band 12. T-Mobile made sure that it’d have at least 20+20Mhz of low-band spectrum everywhere.

  • emcdonald75

    I hope T-Mobile does not forget to put their equipment on more macro towers as well to help expand rural coverage.