Last week, T-Mobile went on air to announce that they had upgraded hundreds of cell sites with mid-band LTE upgrades. This will mean that customers in the areas that got the upgrade can expect constant speeds even when the networks are busy. For this upgrade, T-Mobile focused on adding more 600MHZ and 700MHZ coverage in these areas. This addition is very strategic for T-Mobile because it will use these same frequencies when it rolls out 5G networks later on. All T-Mobile wireless users will benefit from this upgrade whether they work directly with T-Mobile or they access their T-Mobile services via third-party providers.
Benefits of this Upgrade
The upgrades by T-Mobile are important as they will help the carrier maintain high-quality call and data services for their clients even as they add more clients to their growing network. These mid-band LTE upgrades will keep T-Mobiles networks running smoothly. Customers, on the other hand, need not make any changes on their phones. They will notice that their network speeds will increase or at very least remain fast even during peak periods. So, here is everything you need to know about these upgrades:
Understanding LTE Bands
Different countries use different LTE frequency bands. Each country and its frequency band are given a number so carriers can know the limit of the frequency. This classification system is also critical when it comes to coordinating roaming services between different carriers across the globe. LTE bands can operate on two modes names Frequency Division Duplex or Time Division Duplex. In this context, duplex simply refers to the ability of a communication channel to handle two-way communications. For example, one-way radio technology is half duplex as it can only allow communication in one direction at any given time.
FDD and TDD
FDD bands work with two bands namely one handling the uplink and the other handling the downlink. The two must be properly spaced in order to allow for filtering. TDD, on the other hand, works with a single band there is no paired spectrum on this transmission. The various frequencies are allotted numbers so, for example, LTE bands ranging from 1-22 are FDD while those ranging from 33-41 are for TDD.
Many areas have seen their cell towers upgraded under the initiative of T-Mobile. These include locations in California such as Anaheim, Artesia. Burbank and Dinuba among many others. Areas in Georgia with improved T-Mobile LTE coverage include Brunswick, Fairburn, Kennesaw, and Newnan among others. A comprehensive list of areas that have received this upgrade can be found here.
The bottom line for all T-Mobile subscribers is that they can expect better services from the carrier. T-Mobile prides itself as having one of the fastest networks in the United States and this upgrade can be viewed as the carrier working to stay in that position. Its much-anticipated merger with Sprint is also likely to bring thousands of new clients into its network and this helps the carrier prepare for that eventuality.