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