Following the conclusion of its long-running merger with Sprint, T-Mobile US has wasted little time in putting its new spectrum to use, with CTO Neville Ray writing on Twitter: ‘We’ll move fast to bring the T-Mobile and Sprint networks together and build 5G for all. How fast? New T-Mobile is already deploying mid-band 5G spectrum in Philly. And we’re just getting started.’
Last month T-Mobile requested special temporary authority (STA) to operate on spectrum in the 2570MHz-2630MHz band in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, noting that the frequencies were ‘currently licensed or leased to Sprint Corporation or one of Sprint’s affiliates’. T-Mobile noted that the trial would allow it to evaluate the use of 2.5GHz spectrum for 5G purposes.
TeleGeography notes that the 2.5GHz frequencies originally belonged to WiMAX operator Clearwire, before being repurposed to support Sprint’s 4G and 5G network rollouts.