T-Mobile revealed a list of cities where it planned to offer 700MHz coverage by the end of the year. Additionally, the carrier is working at deploying AWS-3 spectrum some time soon. This was expressed on a meeting recently held with analysts.
T-Mobile's Head of Investor Relations, Nils Paellmann, talked about the company's plans to deploy AWS-3 spectrum within 2016. As explained by Paellmann discussed how T-Mo was working hard to deploy this technology while plans to reform the PCS/1900 spectrum in order to expand LTE builds would take between 2-3 years. The executive also shares that the 700MHz spectrum is continually being deployed by the carrier as it has received a significant churn reduction in markets where they have recently deployed.
Back in January 2015, the FCC hosted an auction for the AWS-3 spectrum. T-Mo spent almost $1.8 billion for the technology before obtaining its licenses in April of the same year. The entire process has taken T-Mobile a short span of time before it further advances to deploying its AWS-3 spectrum. To compare, AT&T announced at the end of the AWS-3 auction that they intend to deploy the spectrum within 2017 and 2018.
With today's announcement from T-Mo, it's only a matter of time before the technology will be deployed and handsets will start supporting it. If you wish to check out the markets wherein T-Mobile was able to acquire licenses for its AWS-3 spectrum, you may click on this link.