Customer Relationship Management News NewsFactor Sites:     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
Home CRM Systems Customer Service Business Intelligence Sales & Marketing More Topics...
Eliminate costly downtime!
Find out how with Free White Paper
& enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note
Mobile Tech
Fiercely productive scanners
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
T-Mobile Taps MetroPCS Spectrum To Speed Up LTE
T-Mobile Taps MetroPCS Spectrum To Speed Up LTE

By Seth Fitzgerald
December 9, 2013 10:21AM

Bookmark and Share
T-Mobile has been working on integrating the MetroPCS spectrum for some time and has also implemented other programs to boost LTE speeds. Some of T-Mobile's larger markets have already seen speed improvements, as the carrier has cannibalized its 2G and 3G networks to use them for LTE connections.

As LTE service becomes more prominent throughout the United States, T-Mobile has been spreading LTE to new markets around the nation. But even as it has done that, it has faced a continuing problem: Its speed has continuously been sub-par to AT&T and Verizon.

In an attempt to boost speeds, T-Mobile acquired MetroPCS and is now using the carrier's spectrum to make its own LTE connections faster. The improved LTE service is rolling out in Dallas to begin with and is expected to reach other markets in 2014.

A Faster Connection

The service, which combines the spectrums of T-Mobile and MetroPCS, is called 20-by-20 and will double the carrier's current 20 MHz spectrum to offer more competitive speeds. Since the speed improvements will play off T-Mobile's current LTE service, users will not have to change their actual smartphone hardware to receive the benefits of a faster connection.

Although T-Mobile does not want to make promises regarding how fast the service will be or when its millions of customers will receive it, some technology publications are reporting that the enhanced LTE connections will provide speeds around 13.25 MB/s down and 3.6 MB/s up.

A similar program meant to increase T-Mobile's LTE speeds will be rolling out even sooner than the one in conjunction with MetroPCS. This program, entitled 10-by-10, will begin to reach some of T-Mobile's markets before the end of the year, whereas the faster speeds coming as a result of the MetroPCS acquisition will only be seen starting in 2014.

Better than Its Competitors

In announcing the rollout of the faster LTE connections, T-Mobile Vice President Grant Castle said the 20-by-20 program is superior to what competitors are doing. In particular, 20-by-20 appears to be a more efficient way to increase speeds than Verizon's network improvements. Verizon Wireless is building up its AWS-based network to boost data speeds, but those connections are only accessible to a handful of smartphones.

T-Mobile has been working on integrating the MetroPCS spectrum for some time and has also implemented other programs to boost LTE speeds. Some of T-Mobile's larger markets have already seen speed improvements, as the carrier has cannibalized its 2G and 3G networks to use them for LTE connections.

LTE is becoming popular around the world and in some areas, mobile data connection speeds are nearly as fast as home Internet speeds are in the United States. As smartphones become more prominent among U.S. adults, the demand for faster connections has been growing, resulting in Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile all having to focus on enhancing their LTE services.

Customers in the Northern Dallas area will slowly begin to notice the faster connection speeds but a full rollout of the MetroPCS spectrum integration is not expected to take place until early 2014. Not only will 2014 be a big year for T-Mobile's LTE service, but its competitors will also begin to shine through by offering faster data speeds to a growing number of customers.

Tell Us What You Think


APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.

 Mobile Tech
1.   Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
2.   Galaxy S5 Phone: Less Can Be More
3.   Beware: Facebook Shares Your Locale
4.   Android Gets Chrome Remote Desktop
5.   Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked

BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Spat
Moving on to other carriers after snub.
Average Rating:
Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
Siri-like virtual assistant has promise.
Average Rating:
Galaxy S5 Phone: Less Can Be More
Most formidable iPhone competitor yet.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.

CRM Daily
Home/Top News | CRM Systems | Customer Service | Business Intelligence | Sales & Marketing | Contact Centers | Customer Data | CRM Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.