T-Mobile plans wider 4G LTE channels near end of 2013

July 31, 2013
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Not even a month has passed since its big New York City event and T-Mobile is already hitting the press again with some big announcement. The carrier revealed that it will be upgrading its 4G LTE with wider channels not only in New York City but nationwide as well, all by the end of the year.

Earlier this month in New York City, T-Mobile unveiled its 4G LTE in 116 live markets all over the US, covering 157 million people. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray left a promise of average speeds of 10Mbps to 20Mbps on the network. And it seems that the company is planning to deliver on that promise before the year is over.

T-Mobile's 4G LTE service started with 2x5MHz channels in New York City. The carrier plans to accommodate faster speeds and more users by widening its channels. It is now testing 2x10MHz in certain areas of New York City such as 11th Avenue. CEO John Legere was not one to remain modest, posting a photo on Twitter showing off speeds of 60Mbps on download and 18Mbps on uplink and saying "Let's see others run this fast."

The carrier conducted their tests by utilizing part of its existing spectrum normally used for 3G and switching it back to normal afterwards. By the end of the year, T-Mobile plans to update its 4G LTE service in New York City to 2x10MHz in addition to its HSPA+ 42 network. It also plans to roll out the update to 90 percent of the top 25 markets nationwide.

VIA: Light Reading Mobile


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