T-Mobile US to mothball MetroPCS’ CDMA network on 21 June

11 May 2015

T-Mobile US plans to shut off the legacy CDMA network belonging to its MetroPCS pre-paid brand on 21 June, it has been announced. Meanwhile, Fierce Wireless notes that the carrier still needs to shut down the CDMA network in three ‘major’, albeit unspecified, markets. T-Mobile said last month that 92% of the inherited MetroPCS customer base is off the network and that less than 500,000 customers remain on CDMA. The carrier also said around 80% of MetroPCS’ spectrum had been refarmed and integrated into the T-Mobile network as of the end of the first quarter.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database the T-Mobile USA-MetroPCS merger closed on 1 May 2013, with the enlarged entity now operating under the ‘T-Mobile US’ brand. Post-merger, the MetroPCS brand was preserved as a specialist pre-paid brand, and extended to a number of major markets previously lacking such a service.

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