T-Mobile told customers in a letter recently that it intends to have LTE in major metropolitan areas in 2013, and the operator has been testing LTE-Advanced (Release 10) technology for its network this summer.
CTO Ray is treading a familiar path here: His stated timetable somewhat mirrors the way that he plotted the operator's upgrade to fast 3G high-speed packet access-plus technology over the last couple of years.
Ray has been been described as a "rock star" by T-Mobile's new CEO, John Legere, for his work on T-Mobile's network. The operator trails rivals like AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and Verizon Wireless in starting to deploy LTE on its network. Ray and his team, however, have tuned a network that RootMetrics has found often beats Sprint's LTE deployment while staying on the shoulder of the AT&T and Verizon upgrades. (See The Best 3G & 4G Cities in America.)
If the planned merger of T-Mobile and MetroPCS Inc. (NYSE: PCS) is approved in 2013, Ray will get more spectrum to improve upload and download speeds on his shiny new network.
- Meet the Next 4G: LTE-Advanced
- Tracking T-Mobile's 4G Advance
- T-Mobile Upgrades HSPA+, Trials LTE
- T-Mobile Promises Multi-Megabit Peaks on LTE
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile