T-Mobile celebrates 1st LTE anniversary, reaches 273 metro areas

Less than one year since launch, T-Mobile US 4G LTE network already reaches 210 million people in 273 metro areas nationwide.

Building on the unprecedented pace of its LTE rollout, T-Mobile is now kicking off a major new program to upgrade its 2G/EDGE network with 4G LTE. The company plans to complete 50 percent of the work this year alone, and expects the program to be substantially complete by the middle of next year.

The upgrade will provide customers who currently experience 2G/EDGE coverage new access to 4G LTE, and many already covered by 4G LTE will enjoy access to 4G LTE in even more places. In addition, T-Mobile plans to begin deploying 4G LTE this year in the new 700 MHz A-Block spectrum the company is in the process of acquiring.

“Right now, T-Mobile covers 96 percent of Americans, and over the past year, we’ve completely shattered records with the fastest 4G LTE deployment the U.S. wireless industry has ever seen,” said John Legere, president and CEO, T-Mobile.

“Our competitors want you to believe our network doesn’t measure up. But that just isn’t true. And American consumers are going to see right through the spin and half-truths when given the facts,” added Legere.

In a span of just six months, T-Mobile deployed its 4G LTE network coast to coast and at a pace unprecedented in the US wireless industry – going from zero to nationwide coverage between March and September 2013.

“Through this major new network upgrade program, and other initiatives already underway, we’re driving hard toward our multi-billion dollar strategy to further improve what is already an amazing network experience for our customers,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile.

“Our 4G LTE is going to reach 230 million people across the US by mid-year. By year’s end, we’re going to be delivering wicked-fast 4G LTE to more than 250 million people. That’s how the Un-carrier rolls out 4G LTE,” added Ray.

“Verizon’s ink blots massively understate our coverage and don’t begin to represent the actual customer experience on T-Mobile’s network,” said Legere.

“So we’re setting the record straight – both by demanding an end to the misinformation, and by going straight to the people with the truth,” added Legere.

T-Mobile reaches over 230 million people nationwide with 4G HSPA+, which provides 4G coverage in many locations where LTE has not yet been rolled out.

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