Light Reading
T-Mobile will be the first operator to offer LTE-Advanced in the US with a Vegas launch; here's where it might go next with the new 4G

T-Mobile's 4G Advance: Where LTE Goes After Vegas

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
1/11/2013
50%
50%

T-Mobile USA appears to be on track to be the first carrier to launch LTE-Advanced in the U.S. T-Mobile CEO Neville Ray said at CES this week that the carrier will first launch the new 4G upgrade in Las Vegas. TmoNews reports that the CTO said the launch will happen within "weeks." T-Mobile has previously said that it expects to cover 100 million potential customers with fresh 4G by the middle of this year. And by the end of 2013, 200 million will be within the footprint. Light Reading Mobile can help shed some light on what this new 4G upgrade is and where T-Mobile might take it: Where will T-Mobile go next with LTE-Advanced?
If it follows its 3G upgrade path as it did will the latest 42Mbit/s update, the next markets to get LTE could include New York City, Philadelphia and Orlando, Fla. Then -- given the operator's current spectrum footprint -- other top markets to follow could include Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Baltimore and Seattle. Just what is LTE-Advanced?
LTE-Advanced is defined in release 10 of the LTE specification. The specification uses a few different techniques at the radio access network (RAN) and handset to boost the data speeds and spectrum efficiency of the broadband specification. These include "carrier aggregation" techniques that bond together two or more separate radio channels to get faster data speeds; two-by-two smart antenna arrays (also known as 2x2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO)) for faster uplink and downlink; and relay nodes -- low-power base stations that will provide improved coverage and capacity at the cell edge. The upgrade calls for maximum download rates of 3 Gbit/s and uploads of 1.5 Gbit/s, but these targets won't translate to the real world. The 3GPP specification allows up to 100MHz of spectrum in bonded channels, and such an amount of bandwidth is a dream for carriers around the world. T-Mobile will have a maximum of 20MHz to play with, and not in every market. It should be noted that LTE-Advanced and WiMax 2 were initially designed as the first initial 4G technologies to come on the market. Here's a handy primer from chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. on how LTE-Advanced should work in the real world:

For more

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

(9)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
year2525
50%
50%
year2525,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/24/2013 | 8:36:37 PM
re: T-Mobile's 4G Advance: Where LTE Goes After Vegas
-áHey, I tried to get an update and an answer on channels. They weren't forthcoming:

http://www.lightreading.com/bl...
milan03
50%
50%
milan03,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/14/2013 | 11:08:12 PM
re: T-Mobile's 4G Advance: Where LTE Goes After Vegas
Thank you DJ, I really look forward for this info as I've been brainstorming over this for a while.

Their equipment is certainly top notch, capable of LTE carrier aggregation, but also MC-HSPA+ if they ever wanted to which is awesome! At this point it looks like they are shooting for single carrier LTE config, with a clear path to 2x20Mhz by 2015 when they could aggregate.
-áI'm more interested in their initial LTE configurations at launch (short term) and whether they'll scale down their DC-HSPA+ network to widen the LTE channels in AWS constrained markets.-á
year2525
50%
50%
year2525,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/14/2013 | 3:42:04 PM
re: T-Mobile's 4G Advance: Where LTE Goes After Vegas
-áYeah, not everything is going to have the same channels at start. Remember they will be able to use carrier aggregation under release 10 as they refarm though.

I'll ask T-Mob about the channels for you.

DJ
milan03
50%
50%
milan03,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/11/2013 | 11:52:10 PM
re: T-Mobile's 4G Advance: Where LTE Goes After Vegas
Not all markets will be 2x10Mhz and 73mbps capable at launch. You've mentioned New York City, but T-Mobile only has 30Mhz of AWS, and 20Mhz is already deployed and being used for their DC-HSPA+ network (F Block).
That leaves T-Mo with only 10Mhz of E Block, enough for 37mbps capable 2x5Mhz LTE.
Philly, Baltimore, Chicago and Vegas to name a few are in similar situation.

They could launch 2x10Mhz LTE in these markets if they scale down their DC-HSPA+ to HSPA+21, but I'm not sure if they would make that move.

It would be interesting if you could acquire more information from T-Mobile on this particular situation. They did claim "only" 90% of Top 25 Markets will have 2x10Mhz at launch, wonder how are they gonna go about 2x5Mhz markets.
year2525
50%
50%
year2525,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/11/2013 | 8:21:32 PM
re: T-Mobile's 4G Advance: Where LTE Goes After Vegas
-áIts going to depend heavily on the backhaul. AT&T is already getting over 20-Mbit/s in a couple of cities don't forget.
joanengebretson
50%
50%
joanengebretson,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/11/2013 | 5:49:51 PM
re: T-Mobile's 4G Advance: Where LTE Goes After Vegas
DAN- Nice post, good explanation of LTE Advanced

If LTE speeds start to get as high as this post discusses. it seems like we could start seeing more wireless substitution on the data side as well as on the voice side.
year2525
50%
50%
year2525,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/11/2013 | 5:25:35 PM
re: T-Mobile's 4G Advance: Where LTE Goes After Vegas
-áProbably not if they're talking about 72 meg as the theoretical maximum right now.
Cristian Santana A.
50%
50%
Cristian Santana A.,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/11/2013 | 5:20:54 PM
re: T-Mobile's 4G Advance: Where LTE Goes After Vegas
thats sound good, by the way i would like to know if T-mobile could give 100mbs//100mbs in the real word for cellphone service
year2525
50%
50%
year2525,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/11/2013 | 5:17:17 PM
re: T-Mobile's 4G Advance: Where LTE Goes After Vegas
If you're wondering about speeds, remember:

"T-Mobile's initial LTE deployment in
2013 will deliver theoretical peak speeds of 72 Mbit/s on the downlink,"
a T-Mobile spokeswoman tells Light Reading Mobile. The operator
currently offers a high-speed packet access-plus (HSPA+) service,
marketed as 4G, that tops out at 42 Mbit/s, as well as a 21Mbit/s
flavor.

See: http://www.lightreading.com/lo...

I wouldn't be surprised to see some 50-Mbit/s+ results early on...
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Dr. Dong Sun Talks About Carriers' Digital Transformation & Huawei’s Telco OS

1|29|15   |   6:28   |   (0) comments


Dr. Dong Sun, Chief Architect of Digital Transformation Solutions at Huawei, discusses how telecom operators can become digital ecosystem enablers and deliver optimal user experiences that are in real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social (ROADS).
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Chief Network Architect Talks about Network Experience & Operators’ Strategies

1|29|15   |   3:39   |   (0) comments


In the digital age, network experience has become the primary productivity especially for telecom operators. In this video, Wenshuan Dang, Huawei’s Chief Network Architect, discusses how carriers can tackle the challenge of infrastructure complexity in order to enhance business agility and improve user experience.
LRTV Documentaries
The Rise of Virtual CPE

1|27|15   |   01:38   |   (4) comments


As NFV strategies evolve from tests and trials to production telco networks, expect to hear a lot about virtual CPE (customer premises equipment) rollouts during 2015.
LRTV Documentaries
Optical Is Hot in 2015

1|23|15   |   01:56   |   (2) comments


Optical comms technology underpins the whole communications sector and there are some really hot trends set for 2015.
LRTV Custom TV
Policy Control in the Fast Lane

1|22|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


What's making policy control strategic in 2015 and beyond? Amdocs talks with Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie about the key factors driving change in the data services landscape. Find out what his policy management research reveals about the road ahead for policy control – and sign up for
LRTV Documentaries
Highlights From the 2020 Vision Executive Summit

1|21|15   |   4:33   |   (2) comments


In December 2014, Light Reading brought together telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Cisco's Doug Webster shared his company's ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Pay-TV Partner Harmonic, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment with Huawei

1|20|15   |   5:42   |   (1) comment


At IBC, Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President & CMO at Harmonic, speaks about the growing interest in pay-TV service and its branching into multiple devices.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Sony Marketing Director Olivier Bovis Discusses the Outlook for 4K and Cooperation With Huawei at IBC 2014

1|20|15   |   6:50   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Pay-TV Partner Envivio, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment

1|20|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Pay-TV's Networked Future

1|20|15   |   6:29   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about the future of the pay-TV industry and its transition.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Jeff Heynen: Distributed Access Will Help MSOs Compete in the Future

1|20|15   |   2:26   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about moving to distributed access and the future trend of cable business.
LRTV Interviews
Cisco Talks Transformation

1|20|15   |   13:02   |   (0) comments


In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Cisco VP of Products & Solutions Marketing Doug Webster at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Cisco's approach to network virtualization as well as how service providers can begin to monetize high-capacity networks through the end of the decade.
Upcoming Live Events
February 5, 2015, Washington, DC
February 19, 2015, The Fairmont San Jose, San Jose, CA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 9-10, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2-3, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
Infographics
Hot Topics
Google Continues Gigabit Expansion
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 1/27/2015
Cablevision's New WiFi Try – Freewheeling Enough?
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 1/26/2015
Overture Builds on NFV Foundation
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 1/27/2015
LightSpeed Looks to Plug the Gigabit Gap
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 1/23/2015
Parks Predicts HBO OTT Success
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 1/23/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Weekly Executive Interview
Join us live for Light Reading's interview with Jay Samit, the newly appointed CEO of publicly traded SeaChange International Inc. With a resume that includes Sony, EMI, and Universal, Samit brings a reputation as an entrepreneur and a disruptor to his new role at the video solutions company. Hear what he has to say about the opportunities in video, as well as the outlook for cable, telco, OTT and mobile service providers.