Just six weeks after completing the merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS, enlarged entity T-Mobile US has announced the migration of MetroPCS customers onto its HSPA+ and Long Term Evolution (LTE) network is ahead of schedule. The company is making HSPA+ and LTE compatible devices available to MetroPCS customers as well as allowing them to bring their own unlocked compatible HSPA+ or LTE phone across to the new network. Approximately 60% of MetroPCS’ customers are thought to upgrade their phones every year, prompting T-Mobile to anticipate a ‘rapid pace’ for its migration plan; indeed, the company expects a full customer migration to be completed by the end of 2015. John Legere, president and chief executive officer of T-Mobile US, commented: ‘The moment that New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) bell rang on 1 May, we put it into high gear and hit the gas’.
TeleGeography notes that T-Mobile’s LTE network is currently only available in Boston (Massachusetts), Las Vegas (Nevada) and Hartford (Connecticut), while MetroPCS has boasted 4G coverage in its 14 key markets since April 2011, and already has in excess of 3.5 million LTE subscribers on its books. However, Las Vegas is one market in which both cellcos hold LTE frequencies, and T-Mobile US claims that data speeds across the city have already ‘increased dramatically’ as a result of ‘deeper’ spectrum resources.