T-Mobile US has enlisted long-time vendor partner Ericsson under a deal to supply equipment and services covering 700MHz spectrum, Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) and IP-based voice support. According to Ericsson, the new contract is an expansion of its initial LTE agreement with T-Mobile US dating back to 2012, which called for the carrier to spend USD4 billion upgrading its network to support LTE services. As part of the new deployment, Ericsson will install new LTE-A base station equipment that will allow for the integration of 700MHz, 1900MHz and 1700MHz/2100MHz spectrum.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile US is seeking to gain more 700MHz A block licences, Fierce Wireless reports, and has lined up deals with Frontier Communications and an individual spectrum holder, Thomas Kurian. According to filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), T-Mobile is seeking to gain spectrum from Frontier in Rochester, New York, while the deal with Kurian covers the markets of Grand Forks and Fargo-Moorhead in North Dakota and Minnesota. The financial terms of the transactions have not been disclosed. Fierce notes that industry veteran Kurian is the president of WiMAX firm Vegas Wireless; he also holds 700MHz spectrum covering Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands.