T-Mobile is celebrating the first anniversary of their LTE roll out by launching a major network upgrade program. After having challenged the other three major carriers in the US on virtually every customer pain point, this upgrade will bring more markets LTE coverage.
T-mo currently provides LTE to 210 million people in 273 metropolitan markets. That’s quite a number for one year of upgrading their network. The new network upgrade program is aiming to take their 2G/Edge network and turn those markets into LTE markets. Customers already in LTE markets will have expanded high speed coverage in more areas than they have before. Further, T-Mobile is looking to deploy LTE in the soon to be acquired 700 MHz A-Block spectrum.
The carrier expects half of the work on the network upgrade program to be completed this year. Normally we would think twice about believing that claim, but they have accomplished their LTE roll out at a staggering pace. We are eager to see if the Un-carrier can hit this target.
If network upgrades aren’t enough, T-Mobile is starting to fight back against Verizon legally. They’re claiming the Verizon ads depicting ink blot coverage maps unfairly depict their network coverage. The claim is citing Verizon’s use of LTE alone on the coverage maps, rather than the use of many network technologies all carriers use such as HSPA+. T-Mobile is seeking a cease and desist on their current advertising.
To “set the record straight” T-Mobile has launched their own prime time TV adverts. Perhaps you caught them last night, as that is when they began. It seems the “Un-carrier” is doing everything they can to continue to convert customers from the other big three.
The new network upgrade program is exactly what T-Mo needs to be doing. The only reason I’m not a customer of theirs personally is spotty coverage in my area. This combined with their new advertising could make them an even bigger contender to the other major US carriers.
[toggle title=”Press Release” state=”close” ]T-Mobile Celebrates 1st Anniversary of LTE Rollout By Launching Major Network Upgrade Program T-Mobile Celebrates 1st Anniversary of LTE Rollout By Launching Major Network Upgrade Program T-Mobile introduces new network marketing campaign to showcase 96% U.S. voice and data coverage Delivers America’s fastest growing LTE network in less than a year from launch BELLEVUE, Wash. – March 13, 2014 – Over the past year, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) has abolished a litany of consumer pain points through a series of revolutionary new programs and services – and Americans have responded by making T-Mobile the fastest growing wireless company in the U.S. Today, the Un-carrier announced it is continuing its relentless pace of industry innovation by launching a major new program to expand what has already become the fastest LTE deployment the U.S. has ever seen. Less than one year since launch, T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network already reaches 210 million people in 273 metro areas nationwide. Building on the unprecedented pace of its LTE rollout, T-Mobile is now kicking off a major new program to upgrade its 2G/EDGE network with 4G LTE. The company plans to complete 50 percent of the work this year alone, and expects the program to be substantially complete by the middle of next year. The upgrade will provide customers who currently experience 2G/EDGE coverage new access to 4G LTE, and many already covered by 4G LTE will enjoy access to 4G LTE in even more places. In addition, T-Mobile plans to begin deploying 4G LTE this year in the new 700 MHz A-Block spectrum the company is in the process of acquiring. “Right now, T-Mobile covers 96 percent of Americans, and over the past year, we’ve completely shattered records with the fastest 4G LTE deployment the U.S. wireless industry has ever seen.” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “Our competitors want you to believe our network doesn’t measure up. But that just isn’t true. And American consumers are going to see right through the spin and half-truths when given the facts.” In a span of just six months, T-Mobile deployed its 4G LTE network coast to coast and at a pace unprecedented in the U.S. wireless industry – going from zero to nationwide coverage between March and September 2013. Already, T-Mobile has built America’s fastest nationwide 4G LTE network – based on millions of speed tests by real customers using Ookla’s Speedtest.net app on their own devices. More than 6.5 million customer tests have been conducted in 2014 alone. “Through this major new network upgrade program, and other initiatives already underway, we’re driving hard toward our multi-billion dollar strategy to further improve what is already an amazing network experience for our customers,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. “Our 4G LTE is going to reach 230 million people across the U.S. by mid-year. By year’s end, we’re going to be delivering wicked-fast 4G LTE to more than 250 million people. That’s how the Un-carrier rolls out 4G LTE.” In addition to these network updates, T-Mobile announced it is pushing back against misleading competitive claims through a new primetime television ad that began airing in primetime last night – and the company has demanded Verizon cease and desist with its well-known map ads. “Verizon’s ink blots massively understate our coverage and don’t begin to represent the actual customer experience on T-Mobile’s network,” said Legere. “So we’re setting the record straight – both by demanding an end to the misinformation, and by going straight to the people with the truth.” T-Mobile has taken legal action demanding that Verizon cease and desist the carrier’s network map advertising, arguing that Verizon has cherry-picked a single network technology to depict in its ads rather than accurately reflecting the many technologies widely in use today. T-Mobile reaches over 230 million people nationwide with 4G HSPA+, which provides 4G coverage in many locations where LTE has not yet been rolled out. This is in addition to T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE coverage. The Un-carrier’s new network television spot is now available for viewing on YouTube. About T-Mobile US, Inc.: As America’s Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: “TMUS”) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The company’s advanced nationwide 4G and expanding 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences for customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. It currently serves approximately 46.7 million wireless subscribers and provides products and services through 70,000 points of distribution. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.[/toggle]