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T-Mobile's CTO Touts Network Performance, Disses Rivals in Year-End Blog Post

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray
T-Mobile's Chief Technical Officer Neville Ray, published a folksy, fact filled blog post today detailing the current state of the magenta network.

According to Ray, T-Mobile's LTE coverage now reaches 313 million people, only 1 million fewer than Verizon's 314 million. Extended Range LTE, T-Mobile's marketing term for band 12, now covers 250 million people, 25 million more than in October, 2016.

T-Mobile leads the industry in its adoption of VoLTE (Voice over LTE) with 64% of all calls on the T-Mobile network using VoLTE, up from 40% a year ago.

According to Ookla Speedtest data, as analyzed by T-Mobile, for the third year in a row, T-Mobile had the fastest network in the US with average LTE download speeds of 24.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 12.1 Mbps. There's no doubt that T-Mobile does have a fast network, but other tests like PCMag's annual Fastest Mobile Networks nationwide test have ranked T-Mobile second after Verizon.

Neville gave us a glimpse of the future saying that we will soon see gigabit speeds on T-Mobile and that the carrier had achieved 891 Mbps in the lab using a combination of current technologies including three carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM and an unnamed, un-released smartphone. And that's just the beginning, using 8x8 MIMO and other advanced technology T-mobile has achieved mobile speeds of up to 1.8 Gbps, fixed speeds of up to 12 Gbps and latency under 2 milliseconds in the lab.

Ray, taking a page from his boss John Legere, spent a good part of his post trash talking the competition. He accused the other carriers of "revving up their billion-dollar spin machines to spew old myths, half-truths and shameless BS." He took Verizon to task for calling their LTE "Advanced" saying that Big Red just started rolling out carrier aggregation, which T-Mobile has been using since 2014, this year. Ray reserved his hardest words for Sprint saying they had became "masters in dodgy data manipulation" with their "Why pay twice as much for only 1% difference?" ad campaign. He also claimed that Sprint’s "network is DFL on every meaningful metric", called their new HUPE handset technology HYPE and reminded us that Sprint customers still don't have simultaneous voice and data.

It's an entertaining piece, you can read the whole thing here, but I recommend taking it with a grain of salt as Ray in his role as company pitchman, fails to mention T-Mobile's negatives including a far smaller native coverage footprint than AT&T or Verizon.

Source: T-Mobile via TMONews

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  1. I still get bad coverage even with band 12. I get 2g in buildings which is useless. Sprint and T-Mobiles tower placement is horrible.

  2. "According to Ray, T-Mobile's LTE coverage now reaches 313 million people, only 1 million fewer than Verizon's 314 million."

    Only if they sit at their home addresses. Once they move, they find that TMO is nowhere close to Verizon and AT&T yet. Because for a mobile network, square miles is what matters.

    "There's no doubt that T-Mobile does have a fast network."

    There's a huge doubt. The speed tests considered here are cooked, rigged in that they leave out all the places where TMO has 0 speed.

    If you have an area where half is covered by TMO and gets 22 mbps and the other half gets 0 (still no towers!), the average speed is 11 mbps not 22.

    Nice try, lying CTO. But you won't fool anyone: quarter after quarter, less than 20% chose TMO, while the vast majority chose the two better networks.

  3. If you believe his claims, i have some beautiful oceanfront property in kansas to sell you too!

    looks like these jokers take the example from our fearless leaders in spending more time trash talking everyone else first and continuing to spew out their own warped realities and half-truths. This is what we have to look forward to in 2017... great.

  4. I appreciate the network upgrades but Ray is being misleading. T-Mobile still covers less than half the land area of Verizon. One million fewer people is flat out dishonest.

    The speed claim is disingenuous as well. AT&T and Verizon have slower average speeds because they haven't invested as much money speeding up service in rural areas where the payoff is less certain.

    Here is he kicker. If you look at the areas where T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T go head to head, T-Mobile doesn't look nearly so impressive.

  5. Whatever Neville claimed it doesn't work for me. I live in a basement apartment but could not make any call on my T-Mobile phone. I had to either stand very close to a window or step outside to get a good signal. But after I switched to AT&T Go Phone I have a very usable LTE signal every inch at home. What good is the extremely fast data speed in some places when the time you badly need to use your phone, you can't because the place has no signal....

  6. My area still have bad indoor signal. When they will improve this issue?

    1. T-Mobile is bad in buildings and bad outdoors too in most states of the US. Other than that, they are great.

      Seriously, it would be nice for once for TMO to tout its actual accomplishments, instead of mostly mislead.

  7. I have personally encountered numerous areas where the service alternates to 3G. Maybe just my luck in finding those areas or T-Mobile needs to send people out in vehicles more to test the LTE data and/or voice coverage.
    There are still areas around schools and even hospitals where their coverage is weak and spotty.

  8. In the real world T-Mobile didn't cut it.

  9. Yes, 979/mbps is quite impressive!???

    I want to know more about the DIGITS (getting more than one number with just one device ((without dual-sim-tray)). Will that be just ONE payment plan of $50/month & the like for BOTH #s combined???

    1. Does DIGITS do anything that Google Voice doesn't? A virtual number with call forwarding is hardly new.

    2. "Does DIGITS do anything that Google Voice doesn't?"

      Yes--potentially provide someone else access to your account CONTENT (SMS, etc--not just billable activities) with you ever needing to give permission to it. The person signing up just needs to be the PAH.

      This makes DIGITS interesting (read: scary) when buying service from "business" resellers.

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