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T-Mobile likes to call itself the "Uncarrier," a self-imposed nickname that references its propensity to do things differently than other wireless carriers. And to T-Mobile's credit, it does march to the beat of its own drum. Where the complaints come into play is with network coverage and speed. That is something T-Mobile has been working on—just two months ago it acquired the largest chunk of 600MHz spectrum with a $7.99 billion bid, and now T-Mobile is pounding its chest over being the first national wireless provider to make LTE-U available to customers. LTE-U, or LTE-Unlicensed, is essentially a faster version of 4G LTE. It uses publicly available 5GHz airwaves—the same that are typically... Read more...
Earlier this morning, we reported that Verizon is preparing to green light 5G wireless customer trials in the United States in mid-2017. T-Mobile isn’t quite ready to show its hand with regards to 5G wireless, but it is looking to extend LTE’s longevity with the launch of LTE-U this spring. LTE-U will allow T-Mobile customers to take advantage of 20MHz of “underutilized unlicensed spectrum” on the 5GHz band. T-Mobile says that this will expand capacity and allow it to offer even faster speeds on its nationwide wireless network. It will also provide a basis for T-Mobile’s plans to blanket the country with Gigabit LTE. T-Mobile has been field testing LTE-U since December 2016 in anticipation of... Read more...