If you live in Bellevue, WA; Brooklyn, NY; Dearborn, MI; Las Vegas, NV; Richardson, TX; or Simi Valley, CA and have a compatible device - which for now, is only the Samsung Galaxy S8 - you'll be able to take advantage of the faster speeds through LTE-U. Because LTE-U uses high frequency airwaves, it has limited range which means it needs to be deployed in urban areas. This technology uses unlicensed spectrum in the 5GHz band to get more capacity and faster speeds for customers.
In a statement yesterday, T-Mobile announced that it is the first nationwide wireless service provider to offer LTE-U to its customers, a new boasting point for the Uncarrier.
T-Mobile launched LTE-U with less licensed spectrum. It just works for T-Mobile customers in LTE-U locations with compatible smartphones!
The testing showed 741Mbps download speeds using 80MHz of aggregated spectrum.
For more information on T-Mobile's network, visit www.t-mobile.com/coverage.
T-Mobile US started its testing in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday; while AT&T and Ericsson did their testing in downtown San Francisco. "The trials at the various locations listed below will allow T-Mobile to test prototype equipment in outdoor and indoor setting prior to equipment certification ..."
T-Mobile has announced that LTE-Unlimited, otherwise known as LTE-U, is now available to customers in a handful of cities in the US. This will include the use of small cells, which carry LAA functionality. While LTE-U doesn't present many challenges as far as integration with other network services, the potential for interference and crosstalk with other users of the unlicensed spectrum is very real, making it extremely hard and important to implement protections that will keep that from happening.