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T-Mobile Buys Band 12 Spectrum Covering Most of Montana from Charter

T-Mobile's 700 Mhz A-Block Spectrum

At Goldman Sachs' Communacopia Conference Thursday, T-Mobile EVP and CFO Neville Ray announced that T-Mobile has purchased spectrum licenses covering most of the state of Montana from cable operator Charter Communications. The licenses (colored red in the map above from Allnet Insights & Analytics) cover over an area of 120,000 square miles with a population of 600,000. The licenses are in LTE band 12, which is supported by two thirds of the phones currently in use on T-Mobile, according to Ray. They include the cities of Billings (pop 452,048) and Great Falls (pop 164,967), neither of which currently have T-Mobile coverage

One they are built out, the new licenses should greatly expand T-Mobile's coverage in Montana which is currently limited to a small portion of Western Montana as shown in the map below.

Current T-Mobile Montana Coverage

Ray said that T-Mobile's LTE network now covers 312 million people, including 215 million who are covered by 700 MHz band 12, which has superior building penetration compared with T-Mobile's legacy 1700 and 1900 MHz spectrum. He said T-Mobile has band 12 spectrum covering another 269 million people to build into and that the carrier's band 12 buildout will continue over the next 12 months. Ray also revealed that T-Mobile is the global leader in the percentage of calls (60%) carried over VoLTE.

Sources FierceWireless, TmoNews, Reddit. Images: T-Mobile, Allnet Insights & Analytics

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  1. They've still got an awful lot of white to cover before their network's truly nationwide.

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    1. True but they are trying and making a real effort. I hope to consider a truly nationwide T-Mobile as an option in a few years.

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    2. Wake me up when they become as large or larger than AT&T. I will then consider them an option.

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    3. I will wake up when TMO is 90% as big.

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    4. By that time, Comcast will have bought and ruined them.

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  2. Recently switched to T-Mo from ATT and even with a multi-band phone, T-Mo's coverage is very lacking. I see more of my phone going from LTE down to HSPA and Edge modes and even G mode in a day than I've seen that on ATT over a year...

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    1. It's too early for anyone but shut-ins in a few huge cities or obsessive coverage-map watchers to consider T-Mobile as a good mobile option.

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    2. The same happened to me especially when I traveled to different places for work. They tell you to check coverage at home and places that you visit but when you have a job like mine where you go to different places all the time, you can't afford to have spotty coverage. I switched back to att and I'm not looking back. Att coverage has been the best for me in CA and the places I travel for business.

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    Ray said that T-Mobile's LTE network now covers 312 million people, including 215 million who are covered by 700 MHz band 12..."

    An irrelevant statement for a MOBILE network. With mobile phone communications, people move about. Square miles is what counts then, rather than the number of people.

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  4. Yes a lot of T-Mobile boys like to ignore the "mobile" part.

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  5. Poor signal in buildings... I will stick with AT&T

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    1. I get a decent signal inside, especially when wifi's down or not available.

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  6. Poor signal out in the open too. Stick to AT&T.

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  7. The pink exaggerates T-Mobile's native coverage. I wish Sprint would copy TMO and expand their coverage

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    1. The pink on the map represents T-Mobile's band 12 spectrum holdings before its latest acquisitions, not coverage. Lots of spectrum isn't built out yet. Use this map to see T-Mobile's native coverage.

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  8. I think that mobile is making real progress!! Make sure you next phone has band 12 700 mhz. I wish they could expand coverage in Outer Banks NC

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