T-Mobile, the fourth US carrier, plans to expand what it is calling its ‘4G HSPA+’ network ahead of the new iPhone launch. T-Mobile has acquired AWS spectrum from its rival AT&T, with an aggressive roll-out strategy for fast speed networks.
The carrier is in the process of selecting vendors to support its $4 billion (about £2.47 billion) ‘4G network’ upgrade plans. The company intends to accomplish network modernisation and an LTE service deployment, until the end of next year.
T-Mobile has announced the signing of agreements with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks, for the task ahead. The two companies have promised to provide and install top of the line equipment, for all 37,000 T-Mobile network cell sites.
“We’re making great progress on our four billion dollar 4G network transformation”, explained Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “With these partners on board and the AT&T AWS spectrum secured, we’re on track to enhance our 4G experience this year and deliver nationwide LTE in 2013.”
The process of network modernisation is believed to deliver up to 33 per cent increase of HSPA+ speeds, and enhanced in-building coverage.