T-Mobile: Extended Range LTE coming to Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – T-Mobile announced it will bring 600 MHz Extended Range LTE to Puerto Rico this autumn, and laying the foundation for 5G. According to the wireless communications provider, its Extended Range LTE signals “travel twice as far from the tower and are four times better in buildings than mid-band LTE.”
The carrier also announced it has enabled 600 MHz Extended Range LTE in more than 900 cities and towns across 32 states, bringing T-Mobile LTE coverage into 120 places for the first time.
“After the devastating hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico last year, we saw an opportunity to rebuild the network better than new–to rebuild with 5G-ready gear. We’re laying the foundation for the island to become a technology and innovation hub in the future while adding coverage and capacity with 600 MHz LTE this year,” Neville Ray, chief technology officer for T-Mobile, said in the announcing release.
In April, T-Mobile further said, it made its “largest network investment ever, tripling…low-band spectrum holdings by purchasing 45% of the spectrum sold in the US government’s 600 MHz auction–31 MHz nationwide on average and a whopping 50 MHz in Puerto Rico! These holdings cover 100% of the US, including Puerto Rico.”
T-Mobile offers six 600 MHz-capable smartphones, with more than a dozen expected this year. Starting this month, it will also begin enabling 600 MHz Extended Range LTE and mid-band LTE, the company said, “so customers with capable devices can access the capacity of both at the same time, increasing download speeds.”