That is something T-Mobile has been working on-just two months ago it acquired the largest chunk of 600MHz spectrum with a $7.99 billion bid, and now T-Mobile is pounding its chest over being the first national wireless provider to make LTE-U available to customers. LTE-U utilizes unlicensed spectrum in the 5GHz band to help improve capacity and boost speeds. LAA will allow T-Mobile to deliver even more bandwidth and faster speeds to customers in the future. And there's no need to turn on or download anything.
In a parallel United States trial, AT&T Mobility has confirmed that it has teamed up with Ericsson to conduct its own live LTE-LAA field tests, reaching initial wireless speeds of more than 650Mbps in downtown San Francisco.
T-Mobile is launching support for unlicensed spectrum to bolster download speeds in smartphones and tablets on its network.
The idea behind LTE-U is quite simple: the spectrum used by Wi-Fi standards, typically 2.4GHz and 5GHz, are not "controlled" the same way that cellular airwaves are overseen by the FCC, since companies don't have to purchase access to them. T-Mobile is offering LTE-U in Bellevue, Wash.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Dearborn, Mich.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Richardson, Texas; and Simi Valley, Calif. "I hope AT&T and Verizon like eating our dust!" Building on years of research, development and testing, T-Mobile immediately began the rapid rollout of new network hardware to support LTE in unlicensed spectrum. And the same features that T-Mobile uses to beef up its 4G LTE pipeline will also work with LTE-U.
About T-Mobile US, Inc. The only difference between both is that where Carrier Aggregation only uses licensed spectrum, LTE-U combines both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.
In its filing, the Un-carrier asked the Commission for permission to extend its testing of LTE-U equipment through December 28. And, of course, T-Mobile is once again first to use this LTE Advanced technology.
T-Mobile plans to roll out small cells that include LAA functionality later this year. Of course T-Mobile will ca.