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T-Mobile Launches its 600 MHz LTE Network in Cheyenne, WY

A couple of months ago, T-Mobile had received its spectrum licenses from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Now the major wireless carrier is putting them to good use by officially launching its new 600 MHz LTE network in the city of Cheyenne, the state capital of Wyoming, with the use of equipment provided by Nokia.

T-Mobile’s 600 MHz LTE network in Cheyenne is considered the first of its kind in the world. The carrier’s overall plan is to have the high-end, low-band spectrum deployed first in rural regions in the United States, then later expand the roll-outs to include other markets across the country. Deployments of this nature typically take some time, but the company is looking to attain commercial availability in half a year’s time

It is no secret that T-Mobile has a significant interest in 600 MHz spectrum. After all, it had emerged as the top bidder in incentive auction that the FCC had conducted earlier this year, bidding close to $8 billion. Looking ahead, the carrier is planning to launch more 600 MHz network sites in areas such as Northwest Oregon, West Texas, Southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, Western North Dakota, Maine, Coastal North Carolina, Central Pennsylvania, Central Virginia, and Eastern Washington. Upon completion of these roll-outs, the company should be able to improve its LTE coverage from the current 315 million users to a projected 321 million by the end of 2017.

Of course, getting people to actually start taking full advantage of 600 MHz LTE is easier said than done, but T-Mobile is working to speed things up by coordinating with infrastructure providers, chip manufacturers, and phone makers in order to make 600 MHz LTE more accessible to users. And there has been significant progress -- Samsung and LG already have plans to introduce handsets that will tap into 600 MHz before year’s end, while companies like Qualcomm and Nokia are developing new technology that will be compatible with the spectrum.

T-Mobile is claiming that since 2015, it has already doubled its LTE coverage, and the 600 MHz spectrum it acquired earlier this year should further improve its LTE reach, and help immensely in setting up a firm backbone for its upcoming 5G offering. Right now, the carrier possesses an average of 31 MHz of 600 MHz low-band spectrum that is ideal for covering great distances, and is more effective in indoor settings (inside buildings and other structures) compared to mid-band airwaves.

Source: T-Mobile

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  1. Wow who lives in Cheyenne?

    1. Lol people happy with Verizon.

    2. TMobile is just now doing what Verizon did back in 2010, but T-Mobile is "kewl" for doing it different I.e (late to the LTE game)

    3. 60,000 people will be happy to dump thier high priced carrier, more competition in rural markets.

    4. "Wow who lives in Cheyenne?"

      Eleven million people either live in Wyoming or visit the state annually... and of these. 3 million live in or visit Cheyenne. That's a lot of people that would otherwise be forced to be on Verizon.

      T-Mobile isn't foolish: there's a lot of profit and growth to be made by making their service a competitive option for 11 million people who need coverage in Wyoming and would have never considered T-Mobile before.

    5. "60,000 people will be happy to dump thier high priced carrier, more competition in rural markets. "

      Cheyenne proper is by definition not "rural".

  2. "T-Mobile is claiming that since 2015, it has already doubled its LTE coverage"...
    Doesn't take much to double coverage if you hardly have any in rural areas. LOL

    1. "Doesn't take much to double coverage if you hardly have any in rural areas. LOL"

      Actually, it takes a lot of investment and effort to add towers to a territory that takes up most of the country.

    2. Yeah. Have 1 tower in a rural town...Tmo adds tower #2 in order to make it functional throughout town. Whee, we've doubled coverage!!

  3. From the US Census:

    "Urban and Rural

    The Census Bureau’s urban-rural classification is fundamentally a delineation of geographical areas, identifying both individual urban areas and the rural areas of the nation. The Census Bureau’s urban areas represent densely developed territory, and encompass residential, commercial, and other non-residential urban land uses. The Census Bureau delineates urban areas after each decennial census by applying specified criteria to decennial census and other data.

    The Census Bureau identifies two types of urban areas:

    Urbanized Areas (UAs) of 50,000 or more people;
    Urban Clusters (UCs) of at least 2,500 and less than 50,000 people.

    “Rural” encompasses all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area."

    The specific carrier coverage of Cheyenne proper, with 60,000 population, pertains to the larger of the two urban classifications, and "rural" does not apply at all.

  4. 600 MHz deployment sounds pretty exciting. It will be interesting to see how this will affect the US carrier market.

    1. Excited WirelesserAugust 16, 2017 at 9:03 PM

      There are people, myself included, that have only considered ATT and Verizon, since these two carriers work better indoors, as compared to the current status of TMO.

      But if TMO starts using the 600MHZ spectrum, the lower the frequency the easier it enters mediums, so it should make it that people will be considering one of three carriers instead of one of two carriers.

      But then, because TMO will start being a force to be wreckened with, they will either raise their prices to that of somewhere between ATT or VERIZON, or go really less. I guess that to attract new customers, since the bame of the game is new customers, since they already have the ones they have, then they must lower it. But will they keep it lowered, will they keep their rates low even in three years when they will have equal shares to the market as that of ATT/VW? This will be something that is multi-factorial, like many factors involved, hopefully I used the right term. Will they be able to 1. Make a profit 2. Have money to keep their new infrastructure healthy 3. Make money to make the stock holders happy.

      What I am interested to know is why the communications business has not gone thr way of utilizies. Why are there 4x the amount towers in the same area as there could be if it was only one carrier?

      Isn't this such a strain on the resources of the nation? Of course there are other strains, but isn't this one of the strains as well?

      I do know the idea of capatalism, but what was the difference between utilizes that they must be one company but telecommunications can be many many?
      Is it a real estate issue, that there is no way to have 4 different piping done, but there is room for 4 different towers in the same place, or 4 different antennas on the same tower in the same place?

    2. the answer to excited is that there is a company that bought most of the carrier cell towers and now lease space on those towers back to the carrier. the sale and leaseback raised funds for other acquisitions. the tower owner can now lease space on that tower to any/all carriers. drive down the nys thruway, interstate 90, and you see towers with all 4 carrier antennas on them.

  5. Towers take up hardly any room at all, say, compared to roads. Even if we had 8x as many.

  6. And it's nothing.

    No phones even support it, so it's a bit early to be celebrating.

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