T-Mobile announced today that they scored over 45% of 600MHZ US spectrum at an FCC auction for an impressive $7.00 billion. This move marks Big Magenta’s largest investment ever. In result, they will quadruple their “low band” coverage nationwide which will bring lots of heat to the top 2 US carriers, AT&T and Verizon.
This is good news for T-Mobile customers who live in rural areas where the carrier struggles with coverage. According to John Legere, This acquisition is meant to bring choice to Americans who are stuck between choosing between “dumb” and “dumber.” He added that Tmo engineers will start working on the deployment of the 600MHZ spectrum and will be deployed later this year.
T-Mobile now has the largest swath of unused low-band spectrum in the country. That is a BFD for our customers!
To take advantage of this upgrade, Qualcomm will be releasing chipsets that will be compatible with the 600MHZ frequency sometimes this year. Finally, I want to add that this is good news if you’re a T-Mobile customer like myself. I believe that they’re still playing catch up with the competition. I look forward to seeing what this acquisition means for us who live in or near rural areas. Check out the Mr. Legere’s announcement below.