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Comments on news posted 2013-01-28 12:14:57: T-Mobile's shiny new LTE network is expected to go live in Las Vegas any day now, and some users over at the XDA Developers website have posted the first speed tests we've seen. ..

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silbaco
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Slow....

That's slower than their existing network is it not? What's the point?


johnnn

join:2007-01-25
Ypsilanti, MI

In that market, that's all the spectrum they can spare right at launch. The point of launching it at all in those markets is to take strain off of HSPA+ on PCS 1900MHz when they start seeing traffic from iPhone 5 (not to mention way better latency numbers and higher upload speeds).

As people migrate to LTE, they will start turning down their HSPA+ deployment, transferring 5x5MHz spectrum blocks over to LTE operation (since with LTE Rel. 10 the channels don't have to be contiguous).

It's a nerd thing.


iansltx

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reply to silbaco

Was going to say the same thing...

My guess is that they will move to 10x10 LTE within a month or two of launch, so speeds will end up faster than their competitors, on average

For now though, the only plus of LTE is higher upload speeds and less spectrum usage...single channel HSPA+ is slower these days and DC-H+, while faster on the downlink, uses twice the spectrum.

I find it entertaining though that, for all their bluster, TMo LTE is slower than Sprint LTE in KC, for now.



michieru
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reply to silbaco

Spectral efficiency and coverage first. Speeds later.



mech1164
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Bam

When you consider that the Wichita setup was more than likely a test cell. You really can't say how fast Tmo's LTE will be. Now hearing that they have preloaded many sites with LTE before the announcement. Can only mean that Sprint will be in an even bigger world of hurt. When they do annonce and the speeds are faster all the carriers are going to have a conniption. Boy I can't wait to see that.


decifal

join:2007-03-10
Bon Aqua, TN
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reply to michieru

Re: Slow....

Yeah, for real, whats the point of 10mbps access if very few ever actually qualify for service availability... Its always faster faster faster, never coverage coverage coverage.. True coverage, not the partnership voice only deals that t mobile claims in their footprint..


Network Guy
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reply to johnnn

I think you meant HSPA 1700 MHz. T-Mobile operates GSM on 1900 MHz in the US.

Edit: never mind. They operate on both

Mobile country codes


ssavoy
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Dallas, PA

Have you been following the refarm at all? They're adding HSPA+ on 1900MHz.


Network Guy
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I guess you mean replacing? I don't think you can operate GSM and HSPA on the same band, can you?

I'm not happy that they're refarming 1700 MHz UTMS to LTE. That will make my phone EDGE-only with the prepaid MVNO I'm using now.


ssavoy
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I believe they are giving less bandwidth to EDGE to make room for 1900MHz HSPA+. EDGE isn't going away completely in those areas. I didn't think all of their phones supported PCS 3G so I assumed they were just adding another band rather than replacing.


Network Guy
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The HTC Sensation I'm using does PCS 3G on 900, 1700 and 2100, and EDGE on 850, 900, 1800 and 1900.

Looking at that wiki document again, it looks like you can operate GSM and UTMS on the same band. It seems they're doing it already in certain parts of the country.

I guess they're getting rid of GSM all together. Interesting.....

I need to read up more on how that works. I always thought the only way T-Mobile could offer simultaneous voice and data on a handset is by using GSM to place/receive calls and UTMS for data.



nycnetwork

join:2000-11-12
Brooklyn, NY
reply to iansltx

They can't move to 2x10Mhz in Kansas since they own a total of 20Mhz of AWS spectrum. 10Mhz for now has to stay for HSPA+21 as some older T-Mo handsets don't have support for 1900Mhz WCDMA.
They'll have to run 5Mhz FDD-LTE for a while in Kansas.

I'd love to see what are they gonna do in Vegas since that's a 30Mhz AWS market. They could either run 2x5Mhz LTE and keep HSPA+42 in the AWS, or scale down to HSPA+21 and deploy 2x10Mhz LTE.

It'd be nice to see first reports from Vegas.


Cobra11M

join:2010-12-23
Mineral Wells, TX
reply to Network Guy

sounds like to me, voice calls over data (VOIP).. something Metro PCS has already pretty much finished rolling out..

kinda weird but then again could be better for T-Mobile in the long haul... also I wish my iPhone 4s would pick up more than GPRS!!!! just gotta wait for the reframing to be finished.. prob gonna be after metro gets bought out here in town lol


Cobra11M

join:2010-12-23
Mineral Wells, TX
reply to nycnetwork

id love to see what they do after the merger.. that would give them more spectrum in Cal, and Dallas area's


Cobra11M

join:2010-12-23
Mineral Wells, TX
reply to decifal

Coverage is one thing I don't think T-Mobile its self can get a hold of.. the certain spectrum like that of what Verizon just sold to AT&T would be extremely good for T-Mobile cause it covers almost all of the usa.. its had now days to get a spectrum license like that..

T-Mobile is in test drive mode.. They might be wanting to see how people will take up their iPhones and service offerings first.. then deutsche telecom may come right in with more money and fix coverage issues.. but as it stands they don't want to spend billions more until they know they can make their money back..


Cobra11M

join:2010-12-23
Mineral Wells, TX
reply to mech1164

Re: Bam

said by mech1164:

When you consider that the Wichita setup was more than likely a test cell. You really can't say how fast Tmo's LTE will be. Now hearing that they have preloaded many sites with LTE before the announcement. Can only mean that Sprint will be in an even bigger world of hurt. When they do annonce and the speeds are faster all the carriers are going to have a conniption. Boy I can't wait to see that.

Sprint will have some serious competition from T-Mobile most if not all will agree on this.. Problems will still plague T-Mobile thought.. such as coverage.. but their network is likely able to handle more than that of sprint's in some areas.. and lets not forget Sprint network is already bogged down like crazy.. last time I saw 3G on their network it looked like EDGE or GPRS speeds...


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reply to iansltx

Re: Slow....

said by iansltx:

For now though, the only plus of LTE is higher upload speeds and less spectrum usage...single channel HSPA+ is slower these days and DC-H+, while faster on the downlink, uses twice the spectrum.

Dual stack IPv4/IPv6 rather than a v6 only PDP context (which T-Mo is limited to on the UMTS side). Also fewer hacks on the network side of things (Eg. proxies).


mech1164
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reply to Cobra11M

Re: Bam

said by Cobra11M:

said by mech1164:

When you consider that the Wichita setup was more than likely a test cell. You really can't say how fast Tmo's LTE will be. Now hearing that they have preloaded many sites with LTE before the announcement. Can only mean that Sprint will be in an even bigger world of hurt. When they do annonce and the speeds are faster all the carriers are going to have a conniption. Boy I can't wait to see that.

Sprint will have some serious competition from T-Mobile most if not all will agree on this.. Problems will still plague T-Mobile thought.. such as coverage.. but their network is likely able to handle more than that of sprint's in some areas.. and lets not forget Sprint network is already bogged down like crazy.. last time I saw 3G on their network it looked like EDGE or GPRS speeds...

Agreed on Sprints 3G speed. I was with them until last May when I got the new EvoLTE. Lost good wimax and the signal did more back flips then a russian gymnast.

That's when I went back to Tmo and even though my Gnex is only HSPA21. It's still a darn sight faster than Sprint.

Cobra11M

join:2010-12-23
Mineral Wells, TX

haha yeah, That's why I haven't went to sprint.. I just recently signed up with T-Mobile.. even though im using a unlocked 4s and only running gprs speeds im content at the moment.. surprisingly its not as slow as I figured.. somethings take for ever but hopefully the reframing will happen in my area soon then I wont have a prob



CCNnorthcali

join:2004-03-07
San Francisco, CA
reply to Network Guy

Re: Slow....

T-Mobile are actually not getting rid of GSM, they're just reducing the amount of space allocated to it. The new Ericsson Air equipment they are using on the towers allow 1900 GSM+HSPA and 1700/2100 HSPA+LTE all from the same panel. This also allows the towers to do some serious load balancing between between the frequencies as well. Pretty amazing when you think about it and a much more integrated approach than AT&T or Verizon are taking.

So don't worry, all that AWS HSPA+ and PCS GSM coverage isn't going away anytime soon. The worst that is happening is in some markets they are reducing it from HSPA+42 (Dual Channel) to HSPA+21 (Single Channel) in order to fit LTE in the amount of spectrum available in those specific markets.



djdanska
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reply to Network Guy

said by Network Guy:

I guess you mean replacing? I don't think you can operate GSM and HSPA on the same band, can you?

I'm not happy that they're refarming 1700 MHz UTMS to LTE. That will make my phone EDGE-only with the prepaid MVNO I'm using now.

in a few years maybe. No loss of aws hspa coverage.
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djdanska
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said by Network Guy:

The HTC Sensation I'm using does PCS 3G on 900, 1700 and 2100, and EDGE on 850, 900, 1800 and 1900.

Looking at that wiki document again, it looks like you can operate GSM and UTMS on the same band. It seems they're doing it already in certain parts of the country.

I guess they're getting rid of GSM all together. Interesting.....

I need to read up more on how that works. I always thought the only way T-Mobile could offer simultaneous voice and data on a handset is by using GSM to place/receive calls and UTMS for data.

umts/hspa has always had the ability for calling & data at the same time. No 2g network technically needed and T-Mobile does have some he hspa only areas.
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MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
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reply to mech1164

Re: Bam

I agree, this is an initial test or something 5x5 should provide better speeds than this, Sprint's 5x5 deployments do.
They may still need to work on backhaul or something.


BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Bad day on AT&T

Wow... That's a bad day on AT&T LTE. In some lower density areas, I get over 50mbps...



nycnetwork

join:2000-11-12
Brooklyn, NY

Sure, but in AT&T's 5Mhz LTE markets like Chicago, LA, Miami, Oklahoma, Raleigh, etc, speeds are much slower than their HSPA+ network.

Point is you shouldn't be comparing 10Mhz AT&T markets to a 5Mhz T-Mobile test market.



jsemon

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T-mobile LTE will be better than this...

T-mobile has always been big on speed. I'm sure that this isn't the speed that their LTE will be and 95% of the time, these reports are based off of a single user's experience...

I was in Chicago in December, where T-Mobile's HSPA 1900 is all over the place, and my iPhone 4s & my wife's 4s constantly got 12+ down. I used my 2GB of data in 2 days, tethering. Much faster than AT&T's HSPA 1900... Unfortunately, it's only in certain parts of the area I live in, but building out fairly rapidly.

I have seen the AT&T speeds of 50+ Mbps, but only at launch. I haven't seen them much recently. It has slowed down to ~20 (still not bad for mobile data). Hopefully T-mobile will show AT&T up!



ilikeme
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said by jsemon :

T-mobile has always been big on speed. I'm sure that this isn't the speed that their LTE will be and 95% of the time, these reports are based off of a single user's experience...

I was in Chicago in December, where T-Mobile's HSPA 1900 is all over the place, and my iPhone 4s & my wife's 4s constantly got 12+ down. I used my 2GB of data in 2 days, tethering. Much faster than AT&T's HSPA 1900... Unfortunately, it's only in certain parts of the area I live in, but building out fairly rapidly.

I have seen the AT&T speeds of 50+ Mbps, but only at launch. I haven't seen them much recently. It has slowed down to ~20 (still not bad for mobile data). Hopefully T-mobile will show AT&T up!

I see AT&T LTE speeds of 50+ on a pretty regular basis here in Dallas and in Houston. T-Mobile sucks here.
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bobjohnson
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reply to Network Guy

Re: Slow....

We had this discussion in an old thread. They are gonna be running all the technologies until at least 2015.

»my phone now worthless?


iansltx

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On another, related topic...

T-Mobile HSPA+ in PCS works pretty darned well...where it's available. I swapped my data stick's SIM for a microSIM (with adapter) today so I could use T-Mobile with my (VZW LTE) iPad. Where T-Mobile has rolled out PCS HSPA+ here in Austin, speeds are solid (10+ Mbps down, 2-4 Mbps up). However there are areas where you can notice the fact that T-Mobile's H+ rollout in PCS isn't quite complete...and there are additional areas where my iPad would drop down to 70 kbps EDGE.

Ironically, one of those areas (the Chuy's at 183 and Duval) was the home of a very strong Sprint LTE signal, which of course eclipsed anything I can get on the iPad...on the download side anyway...from Verizon or T-Mobile these days (I've seen 35 Mbps on my iPad over VZW LTE before, but not recently).


BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
reply to nycnetwork

Re: Bad day on AT&T

We'll see. Not looking good for T-Mo.