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    Blackfoot and T-Mobile to Build 200 Cell Sites in Montana and Wyoming

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    A Missoula-based telecommunications company will lend technical expertise to allow T-Mobile to build in the neighborhood of 200 new mobile sites in Montana and northern Wyoming.

    Blackfoot announced Monday it has entered into what it called “a definitive agreement” to provide fiber back-haul services, the underground wiring that connects tower sites to switching hubs and on to wireless phones and the internet.

    “By building out these cell sites with Blackfoot, and delivering new or expanded mobile coverage, T-Mobile can provide wireless choice to customers who were previously forced to choose from limited mobile provider offerings in-market,” a news release from Blackfoot said.

    It will affect service areas “such as Bozeman, Great Falls and Billings while extending service in Helena and Butte,” the release stated.

    Laura Marshall, vice president for Blackfoot, said she wasn't aware whether some of the new mobile sites will be in western Montana.

    Jason Williams, Blackfoot’s CEO, said Blackfoot has been pushing the technology envelope locally for more than a decade.

    “T-Mobile is exactly the type of innovative partner we are pleased to do business with,” Williams said in a statement.

    Blackfoot’s physical presence also is expanding. Long a telephone company in western Montana, Blackfoot now has offices in Bozeman and St. Anthony, Idaho, with roughly 180 employees from Thompson Falls to Billings.

    “We go where our customers go,” Marshall said. “We consider ourselves a growing regional provider of voice data. I don’t think that’s a story a lot of people know.”

    T-Mobile’s predominant Montana presence is in the west. It calls itself the Un-carrier, a marketing campaign dating back to 2013 based on a plan that drops contracts, overage fees for data and early termination fees.

    “As the Un-carrier, we’re all about giving customers the best wireless experience on America’s best unlimited network,” said Dave Mayo, a senior vice president at T-Mobile, which has U.S. headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. “Now, with Blackfoot’s engineering and fiber expertise, T-Mobile can rapidly expand our LTE coverage to rural Montana and Wyoming, bringing wireless choice for customers while creating near- and long-term job opportunities in the state.”

    LTE (Long-Term Evolution) refers to a standard for wireless data networks for smooth and efficient transitions toward increasing capacity and speed.

    Marshall said she listened to an inspiring message from Neville Ray, the chief technology officer for T-Mobile, at Monday’s Montana High Tech Jobs Summit at the University of Montana.

    “Their commitment to this region is pretty tremendous, and their vision is very dynamic,” she said. “They’ll say it really straightforward. They’re here to compete with Verizon and AT&T.”

    Monday’s announcement came on the heels of news of a pending merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg reported late last week that the two wireless networks are putting the finishing touches on an agreement that’s expected to be announced when quarterly earnings are reported at the end of October.

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    Thanks for sharing!

    A lot of the work which this article is referring to has been well underway for a (long) while. A lot of planning and actual work has already been completed, so as the remaining pieces fall into place on a site-by-site basis, we will see lots of these new sites light up in the weeks & months ahead.

    200+ sites for an initial buildout in Montana is also fairly significant and shows that T-Mobile is there to provide a certain quality of service, not just to paint their coverage map pink. As they gain some market and as we move through 2018, I expect the number of sites in MT to increase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy84094 View Post
    Thanks for sharing!

    A lot of the work which this article is referring to has been well underway for a (long) while. A lot of planning and actual work has already been completed, so as the remaining pieces fall into place on a site-by-site basis, we will see lots of these new sites light up in the weeks & months ahead.

    200+ sites for an initial buildout in Montana is also fairly significant and shows that T-Mobile is there to provide a certain quality of service, not just to paint their coverage map pink. As they gain some market and as we move through 2018, I expect the number of sites in MT to increase.
    Good deal. It doesn't just serve the million people who live there, but also the ten times as many as that who visit during any given year, and ...yes... even more, those who like seeing a filled-in magenta map... because they want a carrier that will just WORK whatever their travel plans might be, and though they might actually not visit Montana, they want that option available without having to enroll with a 2nd carrier.

    A great move by T-Mobile.

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    T-Mobile can deploy 700 MHz and between 10x10* and 20x20 600 MHz statewide.

    *Bozeman currently has a channel 42 TV station blocking the D & E blocks. The rest of the state is clear for 20x20 600 MHz.
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    That's a lot of new sites man in those two states. Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @TheRealDanny View Post

    T-Mobile can rapidly expand our LTE coverage to rural Montana and Wyoming,
    Yes, their infamous "tissue thin" coverage. They left that part out of the press release.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy84094 View Post
    T-Mobile is there to provide a certain quality of service, not just to paint their coverage map pink.
    That's exactly why they're there. Add more magenta to the map.

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    Hopefully they can mostly get on existing sites that have been there since the CLR days, as that will make things easier/faster for them. 10x10 vs 20x20 in the 600 band is inconsequential for the next couple of years, as they currently only have one device that can even use B71. They can light up a 5x5 B4, a 10x10 B4, and a 5x5 B2 in Billings, for example, to add capacity. The map shows that they are planning to light up something in B4 or B2, since they don't own any B12, so hopefully they light most of all of it up, since that's what most devices will be using for the time being.
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    I think T-Mobile has no PCS in Billings but that's immaterial. Between bands 12, 4, 66 and 71 they have plenty of capacity to deploy across the state and provide a reasonable level of service for residents and visitors alike.

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    That's great news. Not planning on going to MT or WY anytime soon but it's nice to know they have service there. Verizon and AT&T's maps look pretty spotty in areas of both of those states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    I think T-Mobile has no PCS in Billings but that's immaterial. Between bands 12, 4, 66 and 71 they have plenty of capacity to deploy across the state and provide a reasonable level of service for residents and visitors alike.
    They own a 5x5 of B2 in that market. They don't own B12 in that market, not sure about other parts of the state. B66 and B71 are not showing up on the FCC Spectrum Dashboard yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    T-Mobile can deploy 700 MHz and between 10x10* and 20x20 600 MHz statewide.

    *Bozeman currently has a channel 42 TV station blocking the D & E blocks. The rest of the state is clear for 20x20 600 MHz.
    Any Band 2 and or 4/66 to deploy also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSMinCT View Post
    They own a 5x5 of B2 in that market. They don't own B12 in that market, not sure about other parts of the state. B66 and B71 are not showing up on the FCC Spectrum Dashboard yet.
    Spectrum Gateway shows that Tmobile does have B12 in Billings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10mm View Post
    That's a lot of new sites man in those two states. Wow.
    200 sites is a jaw dropping number in these two states. If will only be a matter of Time before T-Mobile reaches Verizon and AT&T on a national level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thotguy31 View Post
    Spectrum Gateway shows that Tmobile does have B12 in Billings.
    It's listed as Charter. Is that Charter>>>SpectrumCo>>>Verizon>>>T-Mobile?

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    200 sites/2 states is very impressive. T-Mobile means business

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