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T-Mobile responds to Dish’s FCC filing over premature CDMA shutdown date

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In the latest Dish Network and T-Mobile news, the two camps have submitted opposing comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the latter’s plan to shut down its CDMA network by January 2022.  Earlier this month, Dish sent a letter to the FCC complaining about the premature shutdown date citing that this would cause “significant device/chip shortages that make it even more difficult to acquire compatible replacement devices prior to the shutdown.” This was backed … [read full article]

T-Mobile: First US network to comply with FCC’s STIR/SHAKEN protocol deadline

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For years now, US carriers have been doing their best to protect their customers against scam callers. It has gotten so bad that the government has even implemented rules against it and encouraged carriers to take the concern seriously. As their response, companies have rolled out their own security measures to safeguard their customers against these callers. The latest to take action is T-Mobile with its Scam Shield protection.  And today, T-Mobile revealed that they are the … [read full article]

T-Mobile’s C-Band auction win further solidifies company as 5G leader

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In the midst of a pandemic, T-Mobile has chosen to invest over $9.3 billion in the recently conducted C-Band auction by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As a result, the company has been able to acquire additional mid-spectrum that can further their 5G leadership in the country.  Today, T-Mobile’s 5G network covers 287 million people with Extended Range 5G and 125 million people with Ultra Capacity 5G. Their goal is to cover 200 million people with Ultra … [read full article]

T-Mobile showing interest in 2.5GHz spectrum auction

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One of the reasons why T-Mobile decided to merge with Sprint is so it could expand its 5G network with Sprint’s spectrum. As revealed today, it looks like there is an extra 2.5GHz spectrum being sold in the market. And according to reports, T-Mobile wants to obtain this too.   The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be holding an open meeting agenda on Wednesday where they would be seeking comment on bidding procedures for Auction 108. This … [read full article]

T-Mobile to pay $200 million penalty related to Sprint misuse of Lifeline program

Last year the FCC announced that Sprint had claimed subsidies for Lifeline subscribers who weren’t using the program. Now T-Mobile has agreed to pay a settlement for this issue related to its merger partner. T-Mobile will pay a $200 million penalty as part of a settlement following the FCC’s investigation into Sprint and its use of the Lifeline program. This is the largest settlement that the FCC has ever gotten when resolving an investigation. In addition … [read full article]

FCC says T-Mobile hit with outage because it did not follow network best practices

Following T-Mobile’s serious network outage back in June, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pledged that he would investigate what caused the “unacceptable” outage. Today that report has come out. Pai describes T-Mobile’s outage as a “failure”, saying that the FCC’s investigation found that T-Mo did not follow “several established network reliability best practices” that could have either prevented the outage completely or at least mitigated the impact it had on T-Mobile customers. The outage was caused … [read full article]

AT&T and Verizon complain to FCC about T-Mobile’s spectrum holdings, T-Mo CEO responds

AT&T and Verizon both recently came out against T-Mobile, asking the FCC to take action to prevent T-Mo’s spectrum portfolio from growing, and today T-Mo has responded. First up, Verizon filed a petition to the FCC asking the agency to reconsider allowing T-Mobile to strike a 600MHz spectrum lease deal with Columbia Capital. Verizon argues that with these arrangements, T-Mo will exceed the FCC’s 250MHz screen for low- and mid-band spectrum in certain markets, including … [read full article]

FCC announces results of CBRS spectrum auction that T-Mobile participated in

The FCC today announced the results of its recent 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum auction, and T-Mobile finished with a few of the Priority Access Licenses (PALs). T-Mobile spent a total of $5.58 million on eight PALs in six counties. Also of note is that Shentel won a total of 262 PALs in 74 counties, spending $16.118 million for them. T-Mo is in the process of buying Shentel’s wireless assets, so those PALs could eventually become T-Mobile’s. … [read full article]

T-Mobile asks FCC permission to test 5G using C-band spectrum

As T-Mobile continues its 5G rollout, the carrier has submitted an application to the FCC to test 5G in the C-band spectrum. T-Mobile has asked the FCC for permission to test 5G on spectrum in the 3.7-3.8GHz band, or the lower C-band. According to the filing spotted by Light Reading, these tests will be conducted in Las Vegas, NV; Houston, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Bellevue, WA; and New York, NY. “Commission grant of the requested STA will … [read full article]

T-Mobile and AT&T argue against FCC plan that would have them drive test their networks

T-Mobile this week argued against an FCC program that would have US carriers perform drive tests on their network to confirm their coverage. In a filing with the FCC, T-Mobile said that drive tests are “extremely expensive and burdensome to conduct”, especially at the scale required to get a significant enough sample of a nationwide cellular network. “A blanket requirement to perform regular on-the-ground testing will force providers to spend millions of dollars each year … [read full article]