Mobile was reported to have spent around $8 billion on spectrum licenses for a new investment on the 600MHz band intended to cover the entire country. Since 600MHz is low-band spectrum, it is able to provide good coverage for users inside buildings as well as those in rural areas.
T-Mobile earlier sent an ex parte notice to the Federal Communications Commission explaining how they want to "rapidly deploy" the new spectrum. One of the carrier's immediate plans for the 600MHz band is so that it could serve as a new choice and competition to rural areas that they have not been serving.
After a few months, T-Mobile has finally launched its 600MHz network. To start with, anyone who resides in Wyoming or Maine can already enjoy using this new network. At least they can if they have the newly unveiled LG V30, the first phone to support T-Mobile's new 600 MHz spectrum.
The smartphone was unveiled by LG executives in Barcelona very early this morning. Right after it was introduced, T-Mobile confirmed that the Qualcomm X16 modem on the LG V30 is compatible with LTE Band 71; which really refers to T-Mobile's 600MHz network.
To date, the LG V30 is the only device that comes with Band 71 compatibility. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray, however, has promised that more B71-compatible devices are set to be launched by the end of the year. Most likely, it will be a Samsung device. But it could also be available on the upcoming iPhone 8.
Source: RCRWireless, BGR