US round-up: T-Mobile starts MetroPCS network switchover; Bluegrass Cellular expands LTE coverage

29 Jul 2014

T-Mobile US has confirmed that 92% of former MetroPCS customers in Hartford (Connecticut) and Las Vegas (Nevada) have been migrated from the latter’s legacy CDMA network onto T-Mobile’s GSM/HSPA+/Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, after T-Mobile shut off the CDMA service in those markets. According to Fierce Wireless, the former MetroPCS CDMA network in Philadelphia is next in line for shutdown.

Regional wireless provider Bluegrass Cellular has announced that its LTE network covered 80.7% of its core network in central Kentucky as of 30 June 2014, giving it a catchment area of 620,000 potential customers. The carrier plans to complete the build out by late-2015, which will involve adding LTE capabilities to 75 sites and extending coverage to a total of 730,000 people. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Bluegrass Cellular launched its LTE network back in November 2012 as part of Verizon’s wide-reaching ‘LTE in Rural America’ programme; under the terms of the agreement Verizon has leased Bluegrass a portion of its upper C block 700MHz spectrum in areas where it has not constructed a 4G network itself.