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Executive: T-Mobile to Rollout LTE-Advanced Features “Later This Year”

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At a New York-based event this Tuesday, T-Mobile senior vice president of technology, strategy, finance and development, Dave Mayo, talked up the carrier’s plans for LTE-Advanced. According to Mayo, T-Mobile will begin, “rolling out LTE-Advanced features later this year.” In terms of what we can exactly expect of these features, Mayo did not give any insight. 

According to Light Reading, one of the features we could begin to see is, “‘carrier aggregation’ techniques that bond together two or more separate radio channels to get faster data speeds; two-by-two smart antenna arrays — also known as 2×2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) – for faster uplink and downlink; and relay nodes, low-power base stations that provide improved coverage and capacity at the cell edge.”

With all of this talk going around about LTE-Advanced, it’s hard for a data hog not to get excited. At conferences and press events, Verizon too always mentions the future of their network, but never specifically states LTE-Advanced technology. Their CEO has mentioned work on 5G and 6G networks, but there has not been any talks about it coming to fruition anytime soon.

No doubt we will soon see a big boom in mobile data speeds over the next few years here in America.

Via: TmoNews | Light Reading

  • BiG_Weasel

    While I’m a recent convert to T-Mobile from Verizon, I think they should focus on getting HSPA+/LTE out in the “fringe” areas where their Edge/2G coverage is. At my house, I have NO signal whatsoever, but 1/4 mile down the road is a full-bar “4G” signal, and that’s ridiculous.

    • Ballerado

      I’m a recent convert from Verizon to T-Mobile. T-Mo is great in the city I live in (Denver) but I get no data outside of the city. You don’t realize how frustrating it is to not have data until you actually need it where you can’t access it. I’m feeling like an idiot switching from Unlimited Verizon LTE to T-Mobile, even with the $60/month I am saving.

  • starnovsky

    Competition FTW, duopoly FTL

  • coolsilver

    Please expand to 2G areas. I’d love to jump to T-Mobile. I just can’t see doing so right now.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Great thing about no contract is you can switch to other networks and try out their product . Pop in a sim and you are good to go.

    • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

      The bad thing is, in the US, even if you have no contract, your REAL network choices are limited. Besides the 4 big carriers’ own no-contract plans, the smaller no-contract services are basically just a re-brand of the big 4’s networks. If you are currently using a GSM phone, your choices are slightly wider, as you can jump b/w T-mo and AT&T backed networks. However, let’s say you hear amazing thing about Verizon’s network in your neighborhood, and you want to switch. You can’t because your phone will not work in VZW’s network. Obviously, no one will buy a new phone just to TRY a carrier.

      • Patrick Crumpler

        As I just left Verizon for Tmo I have a VZW Gnex and a RAZR Maxx. If something better comes along in Verizon, I can easily switch back. That’s my situation. I agree, people aren’t gonna go buy network compatible phones just to try out other services. But with GSM you have more options.

  • loony2nz

    Wait..what? I’m just testing the waters with T-Mobile coming from Verizon.
    I was trapped in a garage with a friend when we had to call the garage owners to send someone to open the gates for us.

    Guess what? She got signal on her iphone on at&t and I got diddly on my Tmo HTC One.
    In SF, we have 4gLTE..I was really perturbed that T-Mo didn’t get a signal. I can imagine if it were just me or she too had t-mobile, we’d be phuct because I couldn’t communicate with anyone.

    I’m cancelling my trial on T-Mo…maybe I’ll come back when they’re signals can penetrate brick. :(

    • Rafy286

      Tmo was actually trying to help you. Stuck in a garage with a female “friend” there’s no better excuse than that for entertainment. Jeez and your trying to cancel.

      • loony2nz

        Well, if she wasn’t married with kids or is my type..yeah I could see T-Mo helping out :)

        • Bob G

          When in Rome…

          • Daistaar

    • I-Troll-U

      Odd.. I was always having to go outside to make phone calls when I was on AT&T.. I guess it just depends on the building you are in….

  • starnovsky

    I had Verizon LTE for two years, then switched to TMo HSPA+. Frankly, I don’t see much difference. As long as it’s at least 5 Mbps – I’m fine. i’m not torrenting from my phone and I prefer to watch movies on big screen TV.

    So, in theory, this LTE-A is a nice thing, but I don’t see it as a game changer, as long as it’s it’s used from the phone. If it’s going to replace a home wired connection though…

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    I hope it isn’t just a gimmick like their ‘4g’ network

    • starnovsky

      Sure, HSPA+ is not 4G, but it’s not a gimmick either. It’s quite fast. Don’t be confused with CDMA 3G.

      • Eric

        It is definitely fast. When I had the Nexus 4 I activated it with them and in the peak hours I would rarely drop below 20Mbps. Our city has their refarmed 1900MHz spectrum so I’m sure that helped as well.

        • Robert Boluyt

          I’ve never gotten that fast on TMO’s HSPA+. It usually averages around 3Mbps down, though I occasionally see 7-8.

          On LTE, its similar to what I saw on Verizon average, ~10-13 down. TMO spikes higher than, 35-40, which I suspect is because its empty right now.

          • hoosiercub88

            When Verizon LTE was new and I first picked it up before it was everywhere essentially, I was pulling 40-60Mb down.. now it’s 10-20 most of the time.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        while that is true, Tmobile and At&t have been getting away with lies. I just want a htc uno on vzw :(

        • Dingo

          Is the HTC Uno the Viva Movil version? :-)

          • El_Big_CHRIS

            With a J-Lo case? Sí.

  • Geoff Johnson

    Meanwhile the majority of their network is still on GPRS/EDGE…

    • Bionic

      thats the major problem right there

    • Jared Denman

      With the refarming happening, it soon will be hspa+/LTE. I heard it was supposed to be that way by the end of the year.

      • Sqube

        If they actually hit their estimation and most (if not all) of their GPRS/EDGE coverage is replaced with HSPA+/LTE, I’m not really seeing a compelling reason to stay with Verizon Wireless.

        When I go into a CDMA area (or my GNex decides that LTE is too hard and just gives up)… children weep. Doves fall out of trees stone dead. I rend my garments. It’s bad.

        • Dingo

          I love a good rending of garments reference. I raise my glass to you.

      • Bob G

        well if this is true, it will be HSPA+/LTE-A

        • hoosiercub88

          I’m not holding my breath on it, since T-Mobile isn’t really going to follow through with the whole thing. It’s still GPRS/EDGE here and frankly if they couldn’t make the push for at least 3G here, why would the bother with HSPA+/LTE much less LTE-A?

    • Steven Strain

      I won’t argue with that outside of the big cities, but I just switched to T-Mobile from AT&T and was kind of expecting to be disappointed at times, and well, I’m pleasantly surprised at how good the coverage is here.

      I travel all over Southern California and get good coverage all over (4g & LTE). I’m sure there are dead spots, but I have yet to run into one.

    • SPG900NY

      Pretty much my whole commute across 15 exits of Long Island Expressway is now in LTE, as well as my home and work addresses. Just got lit this month. Sweet! Happier than ever I switched from Verizon!

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Geez Id just be happy with some regular LTE where I am.

    • LiterofCola

      Was just gonna say, might want to focus on rolling out LTE for now.