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T-Mobile: Extended Range LTE now live in Puerto Rico

By on September 10, 2018

SAN JUAN – T-Mobile announced Monday that it has made live its purchased 600 MHz (Band 71) Extended Range LTE in 1,254 cities and towns in 36 states, including in Puerto Rico.The communications services and wireless device provider’s deployment of 600 MHz LTE is expanding network “coverage and capacity, particularly in rural areas, and lays the foundation for nationwide 5G in 2020,” the company said about the spectrum, which should help patch coverage gaps in more remote areas.

T-Mobile offers 14 600 MHz-capable smartphones and is adding more. It has also “enabled carrier aggregation for 600 MHz Extended Range LTE and mid-band LTE, so customers with capable devices can access the capacity of both at the same time, increasing download speeds,” according to the news release.

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“Our swift deployment of 600 MHz spectrum is a game changer. While paving the way for the next generation of wireless tech, we’re bringing choice to consumers, mainly in rural areas, who’ve been forced to rely on the other guys in the past,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. “And with 600 MHz now live across Puerto Rico, we’re helping the island position itself as a future tech leader as it continues to rebuild after last year’s hurricanes.”

T-Mobile said some of the areas that were most affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico–”like Humacao, Utuado, Barranquitas and Naranjito”–now have “more LTE coverage and capacity than ever before. With the future opportunity to deploy up to 50 MHz of 600 MHz spectrum in Puerto Rico,” the company added it “remains committed to helping the island become a hub for technology and innovation.”

The wireless service provider said its Extended Range LTE signals travel “twice as far from the tower and are four times better in buildings than mid-band LTE, providing increased coverage and capacity.”

In April last year, T-Mobile made its “largest network investment ever, tripling its low-band spectrum holdings by purchasing spectrum sold in the US government’s 600 MHz auction. Those licenses cover 100% of the US, including Puerto Rico.”

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