T-Mobile completes MetroPCS CDMA shutdown

23 Jun 2015

T-Mobile US successfully shut down the legacy CDMA network that supported its subsidiary MetroPCS on Sunday 21 June. According to Fierce Wireless, 190,000 MetroPCS customers were still using the network in the major metropolitan markets of New York, Dallas and Miami as the switch-off loomed.

The process began in earnest in July 2014, with the first shut-downs occurring in Hartford (Connecticut) and Las Vegas. Meanwhile, as per a progress report issued last month, around 80% of MetroPCS’ spectrum had been refarmed and integrated into the T-Mobile network as of the end of the first quarter of 2015.

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