T-Mobile USA has confirmed that it will launch commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in its first markets by the end of March. Further, the carrier is also issuing a software update to its Galaxy Note II to allow the device to connect to its new 4G network. Engineering Vice President Tom Ellefson told The Verge: ‘We’ve got a great plan, and we’ve got a great footprint to get going’.
With reference to the failed 2011 merger with AT&T Mobility, he added: ‘The breakup gave us a bunch of spectrum, which was advantageous. We didn’t have a path to where we’re going without that’. As a direct result of AT&T’s failure to complete the deal T-Mobile benefitted from a so-called ‘break-up fee’ of USD3 billion in cash as well as a large package of AWS mobile spectrum in 128 Cellular Market Areas (CMAs), including twelve of the country’s ‘Top 20’ markets.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in January this year T-Mobile confirmed that its LTE networks in Las Vegas and Kansas City had been completed and were ready to be lit. The carrier plans to cover around 200 million people with its 4G network by end-2013.