As of late January, T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network covered 273 markets in the United States, making it available to 210 million people, but the carrier’s expansion isn’t slowing down anytime soon. T-Mobile is celebrating its one-year anniversary of activating its fastest data network with news on how it plans to expand LTE in the coming year.
The carrier said it will now start to upgrade its 2G/EDGE network to 4G LTE speeds, and hopes to finish covering 50 percent of it by the end of 2014. By that point, T-Mobile’s 4G LTE service will be available to about 250 million people, but by the middle of this year it will offer faster data services to 230 million people. It hopes to complete the entire upgrade by the middle of 2015. Also on deck for this year are plans for deploying 4G LTE services in new spectrum that it’s acquiring – which should help add additional lanes to the proverbial data highway, allowing for faster data speeds for more people.
Meanwhile, Verizon and AT&T aren’t slowing down either. Both carriers regularly announce expansions to their 4G LTE networks – which still cover more U.S. residents than T-Mobile, particularly in more rural areas. AT&T also began activating its LTE Advanced network in Chicago last week.