T-Mobile may still have a long way to go before it can match Verizon Wireless in terms of the geographic coverage of its 4G network, but it is certainly getting there. Indeed, the carrier has recently revealed that its new LTE network on the 700 MegaHertz spectrum has now been deployed in and around the following cities: Cleveland (Ohio), Colorado Springs (Colorado), Minneapolis (Minnesota), and Washington, D.C.
T-Mobile had already begun providing LTE services to these cities since last year, but now that it is using the 700 MHz spectrum it had acquired from Verizon, the carrier should be able to establish a network that offers wider coverage and better performance.
T-Mobile's main LTE network is in the 1700 MHz / 2100 MHz band range, but lower bands can reach into further areas, allowing signals to transmit through walls and cover a broader radius, even in the suburbs or in the rural areas.
Compared to other major wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon, T-Mobile's coverage has always been the one with the most room for improvement. With its new LTE network roll out, T-Mobile is clearly making an effort to close in on the gap.
According to T-Mobile's CTO Neville Ray, T-Mobile is utilizing the 700 MHz spectrum to create an overlay in major metropolitan areas while at the same time, improve its 4G coverage outside the cities.
Take Washington, D.C. for instance. In the US capital, T-Mobile has utilized the 700 MHz band to provide coverage beyond the Beltway, reaching to suburban areas in the west and even to rural areas located further out. Ray is estimating that as of now, the upgrade has increased the carrier's LTE coverage by about 10 percent (from 30 percent, it is now up 40 percent) in the D.C. area alone.
T-Mobile's existing LTE networks already cover around 260 million users in the United States. But with the 700 MHz roll out, the carrier can now cover an additional 300 million users under its 4G reach. Regions in between major cities usually only get to enjoy 2G coverage, but through T-Mobile's expanded coverage, users based in suburban and rural areas can also take advantage of mobile broadband perks.
Ray also revealed that T-Mobile's new higher-capacity wideband LTE network is now live in 121 cities, the most recent of which is New York City. For those not in the know, wideband LTE T-Mobile ramps up 4G speeds and capacity by about 50 percent and even double in certain locations.
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