T-Mobile Gearing Up 3G?

3:45 PM -- Rumor has it that T-Mobile US Inc. will finally launch a nationwide 3G service early next month. There's no confirmation of this from the operator yet, but it is high time for T-Mobile to follow its larger rivals into the 3G arena.

T-Mobile originally expected to start deploying a UMTS network at the end of 2006 and complete it in 2009. The firm was even said to be well advanced on an NYC deployment in October 2006 but has generally remained tight-lipped on 3G after the initial announcements. Part of the hold-up is said to be because of delays in getting government agencies off the AWS spectrum T-Mobile won at auction last year. (See T-Mobile Confirms 3G Plans and T-Mobile Awards 3G Deals.) — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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