T-Mobile has announced its plans to add 4G LTE to its slower 2G network, bringing additional coverage and speed to its existing network. As part of this operation, the company intends to use the wireless spectrum that it is acquiring from Verizon, which is costing T-Moblie $2.37 billion. The race for the fastest network in town is certainly heating up, just last week AT&T started gearing up its own LTE-Advanced network in several cities.
As mentioned, the plan is for T-Mobile to overlay a new LTE network over its slower 2G “Edge” capabilities, which should help to boost speeds for some of the company’s customers. T-Mobile already claims to have the fastest network available. Don’t fret if you’re using an older handset, the trusty 2G network will be sticking around as well.
Despite all the talk of speeds, the company is mainly looking to address its lack of coverage with this upgrade. It aims to do this with the 700 megahertz spectrum that it will aquire from Verizon. This lower bandwidth spectrum is particularly valuable to T-Mobile as it will enable the company to spread the signal over greater distances, which will help increase the carrier’s overall coverage.
As a little side note to this news, T-Mobile also says that it will be taking legal action against Verizon over its use of a network coverage map in its advertising campaigns.
“Verizon’s ink blots massively understate our coverage and don’t begin to represent the actual customer experience on T-Mobile’s network,” T-Mobile CEO, John Legere
T-Mobile’s complaint is that Verizon is “cherry-picking” LTE as an example of Verizon’s superior coverage, which doesn’t take into account the broader coverage provided by T-Mobile’s own 4G HSPA+ network.
Back to the more important issue, T-Mobile’s upgrade aims to cover 230 million people across the US by the middle of the year, and 250 million come the end of 2014, which is great news.