T-Mobile USA has claimed that it will be able to move towards the Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) platform quicker than its larger rivals because its network equipment is already capable of supporting the next generation technology. Venture Beat quotes Yasmin Karimli, head of T-Mobile’s radio network and evolution strategy, as saying: ‘I think we will probably be able to move faster [to LTE-A] because we have the latest hardware in place. Others may have hardware that’s two years old, so they may have to rip and replace’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, T-Mobile USA’s long-awaited LTE network launched on 26 March this year, in Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Jose and Washington DC. Market rivals Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel inaugurated their own 4G networks in December 2010, September 2011 and July 2012 respectively.