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LTE Trials Underway

Since announcing its US$4 billion 4G network evolution plan three months ago, T-Mobile says its LTE trials are underway, and this summer it plans to begin using Release-10 equipment in these trials. T-Mobile will work with vendors Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks for this initiative. 

T-Mobile’s multi-year agreements with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens is to support its 4G network evolution plan, which will include a modernization of 37,000 cell sites and a move to the latest, state-of-the-art, LTE release 10 capable equipment. Initially, this effort will improve existing voice and data coverage, make the operator’s 4G network compatible with a broader range of devices (including the iPhone), and pave the way for LTE service next year.

With contracts in place,T-Mobile says it is making headway on its network infrastructure transformation. By the end of this month, it expects new equipment to be installed at the first 400 modernized GSM / HSPA+ sites. The operator plans to grow this to over 2,500 sites by the end of July It has also secured zoning approval or do not require zoning for over 19,500 sites and has completed necessary entitlement work, including obtaining building permits for over 4,000 sites.


As new equipment is in place, T-Mobile is turning up some small scale tests of 4G HSPA+ service in its 1900 MHz spectrum. Some customers with unlocked iPhones recently saw evidence of those tests; clocking much faster data speeds at the Moscone West conference center in San Francisco. More of these speed sightings will occur as the company works  toward introducing 4G HSPA+ service in its 1900 MHz spectrum in a large number of markets later this year.


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