T-Mobile asks FCC for permission to operate on 2.5GHz band in Philadelphia


A new filing submitted by T-Mobile to the FCC this week has revealed the carrier’s desire to use 2.5GHz spectrum in Philadelphia.

In an application filed with the FCC, T-Mobile says it’d like special temporary authority (STA) to operate on the 2570-2630MHz band in Philadelphia that’s currently licensed or leased to Sprint or one of Sprint’s affiliates. Sprint has already consented to T-Mo’s use of the spectrum.

T-Mobile explains that this STA will allow it to test 2.5GHz equipment with the T-Mo network, enabling it to more quickly integrate the use of 2.5GHz spectrum into its existing operations through the country when the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is completed.

“Further, the testing will allow T-Mobile to consider real-world data from existing consumer devices capable of using the 2.5GHz band,” T-Mo explains in its application.

Sprint’s 2.5GHz spectrum is an important part of the merger for T-Mobile. T-Mo has said that it plans to combine those mid-band airwaves with its existing low-band and high-band spectrum to create a 5G “layer cake” for its network.

T-Mobile is likely eager to get that 2.5GHz spectrum into its network as soon as possible, which explains why it wants permission from the FCC to operate on this 2.5GHz spectrum in Philadelphia as its merger with Sprint nears completion.

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Via: FierceWireless
Source: FCC

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  • Jay Holm

    At this point, they oughta be able to deploy 2.5ghz in every state except for California, due to their lagging PUC…

    • Mike Smith

      I thought that was resolved?

      • weidnerj

        It has, but not official until the next PUC meeting in April 2020

        • Jay Holm

          April 16th. . .which hopefully won’t be effected by this Coronavirus BS!!!

  • Jeremiah

    Not that it’ll matter to me as I only have the non-5G Note10+, but this would be nice bragging rights for my city!

    • Willie D

      It actually WILL matter for you even with a non-5G device as 2.5Ghz currently has both 4G LTE and 5G NR on the frequency. Because this is a massive chunk of spectrum you can expect the LTE speeds on your device to meet and even exceed the 5G NR speeds TMo offers currently. So even without 5G you’ll still have speeds that are better than today’s LTE and 5G

      • Jay Holm

        Yep, it’s called DSS, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, same spectrum can be used for both LTE & 5G.

    • Renaldo Epps

      Jeremiah I agree

  • marque2

    I believe this is old news and it has already been approved. World moves quickly.