Mobile Launches Blazing Fast LTE-U Across Six US Cities

  • Mobile Launches Blazing Fast LTE-U Across Six US Cities

Mobile Launches Blazing Fast LTE-U Across Six US Cities

T-Mobile's LTE-U is now available in the above mentioned cities, as well as Bellevue, WA, and Simi Valley, CA - however, only in "select locations" within the cities. "This means that the fastest LTE network - that's T-Mobile - will only get faster". T-Mobile also announced that it is the first to complete a mobile broadband data session live in the field using LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) on its commercial network. LTE-U utilizes unlicensed spectrum in the 5GHz band to help improve capacity and boost speeds. According to the document, the tests will be conducted using 10 small cells operating on both AWS-1 spectrum and unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum in a downlink-only mode.

Expect to hear more from T-Mobile about its LTE-U and LAA strategies in the coming months - especially in relation to how far behind AT&T and Verizon are in achieving the same thing. The test showed speeds of 741Mbps using 80MHz of aggregated spectrum. T-Mobile did not state whether the upload speeds were similar, whether the new technology affected server ping times, or what mobile device was used for testing. "While competitors scramble to deal with the way unlimited data plans are slowing down their networks, we're already moving on to what's next", said Neville Ray, CTO at T-Mobile. "The trials at the various locations listed below will allow T-Mobile to test prototype equipment in outdoor and indoor setting prior to equipment certification ..."

In addition, T-Mobile is the first national wireless provider to make LTE-U available to customers.

T-Mobile today made a couple of network-related announcements. LTE-U bands combine with licensed spectrum in compatible phones to seamlessly increase throughput using carrier aggregation.

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