T-Mobile’s 600 MHz rollout is now available in over 900 U.S areas
T-Mobile has announced its rollout of 600 MHz low-band spectrum has now reached over 900 cities and towns in the United States.
120 cities and towns have been added in T-Mobile’s latest update including New Mexico, Omaha, Nebraska, Maine, Augasta, and Los Alamos.
The operator has named its service ‘Extended Range LTE’ due to low-band spectrum’s characteristics of covering a larger area. In fact, the carrier says its signal carries twice as far from towers and is "four times better in buildings than mid-band LTE."
In the April 2017 auction, T-Mobile bought 45 percent of the available 600 MHz spectrum.
T-Mobile claims around 80 percent of Americans can now benefit from extended range through its 700 MHz spectrum. The rollout of 600 MHz aims to expand this further.
Following the devastating hurricanes in Puerto Rico last year, T-Mobile saw the opportunity to rebuild its network in the territory ‘better than new’ with 5G-ready gear and support for 600MHz LTE.
Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer at T-Mobile, says:
“We’re laying the foundation for the island to become a technology and innovation hub in the future while adding coverage and capacity with 600 MHz LTE this year.
The team is working at record pace to deploy 600 MHz LTE throughout the country, and we’re already expanding the network and challenging the Duopoly in places they’ve never had to compete before.”
To benefit from 600 MHz Extended Range LTE, customers will require a supported LG or Samsung device. These include; the LG G7 Thin Q, K30, V30, and V30+, or the Samsung S9, S9+, and S8 Active.
A greater number of devices support Extended Range LTE using 700 MHz spectrum, including many of Apple’s smartphones.
The full list of compatible devices can be found here.
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