T-Mobile shifting 1700MHz HSPA+ users to 1900MHz band

24 Jun 2015

T-Mobile US is in the process of shutting down its AWS-1 (1700MHz/2100MHz) HSPA+ network, as it completes its transition to 1900MHz PCS spectrum for 3G use. A T-Mobile spokesperson told Fierce Wireless: ‘We are continually upgrading our network and have finished building our PCS UMTS network that provides a better LTE experience for all our customers … Over the next year, all of our AWS UMTS customers will also have access to 4G LTE on the PCS UMTS network.’ T-Mobile first started refarming its 1900MHz spectrum for HSPA+ use in September 2012, with Las Vegas its first confirmed switch-over market.

Meanwhile, a related story by blog TMoNews claims that switch-overs have occurred this year in Indianapolis (25 February), Louisville (18 May) and Chicago (18 June). According to the blog around 20 more markets, including the likes of Houston, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Miami, are set to follow in the next two months.

United States, T-Mobile US