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Mobile announces LAA testing, LTE-U rollout for customers

T-Mobile logo CTIA 2011 Mobile announces LAA testing, LTE-U rollout for customers
Sherri Watson | 28 June, 2017, 01:09

The testing showed 741Mbps download speeds using 80MHz of aggregated spectrum.

T-Mobile is also rolling out LTE-U, which uses unlicensed public 5 GHz airwaves to boost speeds for compatible phones (at the moment, just Samsung's Galaxy S8).

LTE-LAA combines unlicensed spectrum with licensed spectrum through carrier aggregation to increase network capacity.

T-Mobile has launched LTE-U on its home turf in Bellevue, as well as Brooklyn, Dearborn, Las Vegas, Richardson, and Simi Valley. For T-Mobile customers, LTE-U is all goodness - delivering even more capacity and faster speeds. And there's no need to turn on or download anything. The two are expected to deliver more advanced and faster mobile Internet connection that more people in the United States will appreciate. If you have the Korean company's latest flagship, you're a T-Mobile customer and you're in one of these magical spots, you should be able to enjoy very, very fast LTE speeds.

Earlier this month, T-Mobile sought an extension from the FCC to continue testing of pre-commercial LTE-U equipment. Building on years of research, development and testing, T-Mobile immediately began the rapid rollout of new network hardware to support LTE in unlicensed spectrum. T-Mobile will be densifying its network later this year. T-Mobile plans to roll out small cells that include LAA technology later this year.

In a parallel U.S. trial, AT&T Mobility has confirmed that it has teamed up with Ericsson to conduct its own live LTE-LAA field tests, reaching initial wireless speeds of more than 650Mbps in downtown San Francisco. "While our competitors scramble to deal with the way unlimited data plans are slowing down their networks, we're already moving on to what's next", said Neville Ray, CTO at T-Mobile, in a release.

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