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    It's official - T-Mobile wins an average of 31MHz nationwide of 600MHz!

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    T-Mobile wins 600MHz nationwide; 45% of all spectrum sold



    Bellevue, Washington — April 13, 2017 — Buckle up, carriers. It’s about to get real. T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today just confirmed the Un-carrier’s jaw-dropping results from the recently concluded and successful 600 MHz FCC spectrum auction. The Un-carrier won 45% of all low-band spectrum sold, covering 100% of the US and Puerto Rico and enabling the Un-carrier to compete in every single corner of the country. T-Mobile walked away with a staggering 31 MHz nationwide on average, quadrupling the Un-carrier’s low-band holdings, for a total of $7.99 billion, the company’s largest investment ever. T-Mobile is also sharing plans to put that spectrum to use later this year in parts of the country, defying industry expectations.

    T-Mobile now owns premium low-band spectrum that can cover every single American. And, most importantly, while the Duopoly’s existing low-band spectrum is already crowded and congested, T-Mobile’s new low-band spectrum will be clear and wide-open for customers, meaning a better, faster experience. With this purchase, T-Mobile now has significantly more low-band spectrum per customer than any other major provider and nearly TRIPLE the low-band spectrum per customer than Verizon.

    This additional low-band spectrum means the company will be able to expand its LTE network to compete in every corner of the country, strengthen existing LTE coverage and increase capacity to meet customers’ growing demand for mobile data. Low-band spectrum substantially improves in-building coverage and also travels greater distances than mid-band and high-band spectrum.

    T-Mobile is also announcing they’ll put some of this new spectrum to use for both T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers this year, as a result of work started back in 2016. Already Ericsson and Nokia have announced availability of 600 MHz equipment that T-Mobile will use in its network, and the Un-carrier has 600 MHz licenses covering over one million square miles where T-Mobile expects at least 10 MHz to be clear this year – meaning T-Mobile’s network team can start working to light it up for customers.

    In addition, Qualcomm is introducing chipsets supporting 600 MHz, and T-Mobile expects leading smartphone makers to begin delivering 600 MHz compatible phones as soon as this year.
    https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-a...uction-win.htm
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    That's insane. Hopefully the iPhone 8 will be able to take advantage.

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    That's insane. I don't understand how the other carriers didn't try and block a lot of this. If T-Mobile doesn't get bought or sold, they will be unstoppable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obeythelaw View Post
    That's insane. I don't understand how the other carriers didn't try and block a lot of this. If T-Mobile doesn't get bought or sold, they will be unstoppable.
    The current reports are that Deutsche Telekom is no longer willing to sale T-Mobile US. They still are looking at possible mergers but, if it happens, expect it to be T-Mobile being the dominant partner.

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    It's a great time to be a wireless consumer!

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    Yawn......
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    This is what T-Mobile is claiming their coverage map will look like at the end of 2017 -- though it will require a new phone (that supports "Band 71") to get this coverage:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterfield View Post
    Yawn......
    Why do you say that?

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    Spectrumgateway has T-Mobile Winning Map in high detail to areas they won. All I can say is WoW... There is a new Sheriff in Town when they get this up and running.

    http://maps.spectrumgateway.com/t-mobile-600-mhz.html

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    Spectrumgateway has T-Mobile Winning Map in high detail to areas they won. All I can say is WoW... There is a new Sheriff in Town when they get this up and running.

    http://maps.spectrumgateway.com/t-mobile-600-mhz.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by mogelijk View Post
    This is what T-Mobile is claiming their coverage map will look like at the end of 2017 -- though it will require a new phone (that supports "Band 71") to get this coverage:

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    What phone currentlt supports band 71?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MVNO!!! View Post
    What phone currentlt supports band 71?

    None. Zero. Zilch. Band 71's Technical Specifications has to be approved by 3GPP that is expected in Sept. Qualcomm has already started working on it. Also, Erickson will be rolling out 600 Mhz cell tower radios systems that are available now that can be upgraded by Software after 3GPP approves the Technical Specifications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shilohcane View Post
    ...There is a new Sheriff in Town when they get this up and running....
    "When" is the key word. They won the spectrum license. Now they have to wait for the TV stations currently on the frequencies to move, get bunches of cells sites approved, spend massive amounts of money for new 600 MHz equipment, and probably a bunch of other stuff I haven't thought of.

    IIRC, we are not going to see any of this 600 MHz until 2020. There will be plenty of time for phones to be built to use it.

    [Edit] I was probably wrong about 2020 for 600 MHz. Maybe 2020 is when we will start to see 5G.

    Way to go T-Mo. They may become a credible nationwide network yet. Now go forth and battle the NIMBYs who will fight every needed cell site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    "When" is the key word. They won the spectrum license. Now they have to wait for the TV stations currently on the frequencies to move, get bunches of cells sites approved, spend massive amounts of money for new 600 MHz equipment, and probably a bunch of other stuff I haven't thought of.

    IIRC, we are not going to see any of this 600 MHz until 2020. There will be plenty of time for phones to be built to use it.

    Way to go T-Mo. They may become a credible nationwide network yet. Now go forth and battle the NIMBYs who will fight every needed cell site.
    Tmobile CEO claims 10mhz of it is cleared for deployment this year and handset makers are working on it.

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