USA’s $4 billion network modernization is off to a running a start.
an update on its progress since the initiative was announced three months ago,
T-Mobile ticked off a number of important milestones on the way to upgrading
and foremost, the company announced in May that it had signed multi-year contracts with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens
Networks (NSN) to provide the equipment necessary for the network
and Ericsson are providing equipment compatible with LTE-Advanced Release 10 at
37,000 cell sites. To that end, T-Mobile said that by the end of this month it
expects new equipment to be installed at the first 400 modernized GSM/HSPA+
sites, and it plans to grow that number to more than 2,500 sites by the end of July.
The LTE-Advanced trials are set to begin this summer with broad LTE deployment on
track for 2013.
Mayo, senior vice president of technology for T-Mobile USA, said in a blog on
the carrier’s website that the company has secured zoning approval for more than19,500 sites and have completed necessary entitlement work, including obtaining
building permits for more than 4,000 sites.
is also turning on small scale tests of HSPA+ in its 1900 MHz spectrum. In
fact, the company recently confirmed that it had deployed such a test at Moscone West conference center in San Francisco,
the site of both Apple and Google’s developer conferences.
customers with unlocked iPhones recently saw evidence of those tests; clocking
much faster data speeds at the Moscone West conference center in San
Francisco,” Mayo wrote. “More of these speed sightings will occur as
we work toward introducing 4G HSPA+ service in our 1900 MHz spectrum in a large
number of markets later this year.”
actually offering the iPhone as part of its portfolio, T-Mobile is hoping to
attract customers with unlocked iPhones. T-Mobile estimates that it already
hosts more than 1 million iPhones on its network.