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T-Mobile spills Q4 and FY 2017 results, including 5.7 million total customers added for the year

After giving us a preview of its Q4 2017 results last month, T-Mobile this morning spilled all of the details of its most recent quarter. As a reminder, T-Mobile added 1.9 million new customers in Q4 2017, which makes that the 19th straight quarter that T-Mo added more than 1 million new subscribers. T-Mobile added 5.7 million new customers during all of 2017. Meanwhile, postpaid branded churn fell 10 basis points year-over-year to finish at … [read full article]

T-Mobile buys 1150MHz of mmWave spectrum in Ohio, plans to use it for 5G

T-Mobile recently urged the FCC to hold a millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum auction in 2018, but that doesn’t mean that T-Mo won’t be getting hold of mmWave spectrum other ways in the mean time. T-Mobile has agreed to buy 1150MHz of millimeter wave spectrum. The spectrum is of the LMDS (28-31GHz) variety and is located in Ohio, including cities like Toledo, Cleveland, and Akron. In its FCC application for the deal, T-Mobile says that it intends … [read full article]

T-Mobile completes first Narrowband IoT test in guard bands

One month after launching its first Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) plan, T-Mobile has reached two more NB-IoT milestones. First, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray has confirmed that T-Mo was first to test Narrowband Internet of Things in guard bands. The reason that you’d want to use NB-IoT in guard bands is so that the traffic doesn’t compete with customers’ data on the network, keeping speeds for users as fast as they can be. Ray also … [read full article]

T-Mobile urges FCC to hold mmWave auction in 2018

T-Mobile did pretty well for itself in last year’s 600MHz auction, and now it looks like the company wants to have another spectrum auction in 2018. T-Mobile has filed a comment with the FCC, urging the agency to begin the process for holding an auction for millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum. Specifically, T-Mo wants the FCC to hold a combined auction for the 24GHz, 28GHz, 37GHz, 39GHz, and 48GHz spectrum. Later on in its comment, T-Mobile … [read full article]

T-Mobile wins five of six awards in latest OpenSignal U.S. network report

As promised, OpenSignal’s latest report on U.S. mobile networks is in, and T-Mobile nearly won every award. OpenSignal today shared its State of Mobile Networks: USA report, which examined the networks of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon from October 1, 2017 through December 30, 2017. During this period, OpenSignal looked at 5.9 billion tests taken on 237,213 mobile devices across the U.S. These tests showed that T-Mobile finishing with the fastest average 4G LTE download … [read full article]

New report says T-Mobile had fastest average LTE speeds in the U.S. at the end of 2017

Today OpenSignal gave us an update on how AT&T and Verizon’s networks have been faring one year after launching unlimited data plans, and there’s some T-Mobile news sprinkled in there, too. OpenSignal reports that while AT&T and Verizon saw their LTE download speeds decrease in the months after launching unlimited plans, those speeds began to stabilize near the end of 2017. Verizon’s speeds even began to creep back up. However, AT&T and Verizon’s LTE download speeds … [read full article]

T-Mobile details network upgrades in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl LII

Much like it did in Houston before last year’s Super Bowl, T-Mobile has rolled out network upgrades in Minneapolis before this year’s big game. T-Mobile touts that it’s been spending the last two years expanding coverage and increasing its LTE capacity by up to 35x in the Twin Cities. Network capacity grew by 7x in downtown Minneapolis and MSP airport, 8x in downtown St. Paul and the Mall of America, and 35x at the downtown … [read full article]

T-Mobile, Nokia, and Intel team up to bring 5G commercial radio system online

Along with the 4G LTE news announced by T-Mobile earlier today, there’s some 5G news to share. Nokia today announced that it teamed up with T-Mobile and Intel to bring a 28GHz 5G commercial radio system on air. The system was activated in the downtown corridor of Bellevue, Wash., the city where T-Mobile’s headquarters are located. Of course, once the site is online, they might as well do something with it, right? That’s exactly what the … [read full article]

T-Mobile says 600MHz LTE now in 586 cities, confirms completion of Iowa Wireless deal

Along with its news about customer satisfaction in 2017, T-Mobile has some network news to share today. T-Mo says that its 600MHz coverage is now live in 586 cities. The full list can be found right here, complete with cities like Greenview, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; Jacksonville, Penn.; and Y-O Ranch, Wyo. To help customers take advantage of that 600MHz coverage, T-Mobile says that it’ll launch more than 12 new 600MHz-capable smartphones in 2018. No specific … [read full article]

John Legere lays out predictions for 2018, including continued focus on 5G and customers

The year 2018 is upon us, and much like he did last year, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has laid out his predictions for what he expects to see from the new year. Following Comcast’s entry into the mobile space in 2017 thanks to an MVNO deal with Verizon, Legere predicts that more than one major player will enter the wireless industry in 2018. One company that the T-Mo CEO expects to see in mobile … [read full article]