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T-Mobile Now Ready To Go Toe-To-Toe With Verizon Thanks To $8B Low-Band Spectrum

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John Legere’s mobile carrier T-Mobile has been trying to take on industry giants like Verizon and AT&T for the last few years now, even making them nervous on a few occasions with its outrageous offers. Now, the Un-carrier is ready to take things to another level by offering the world’s first 600MHz LTE network, which recently cost the company $8 billion.

In the press release about the new spectrum, a few notable things were mentioned, including the speed of the implementation of the network after the acquisition. What would normally have taken two years, T-Mobile did in six months. No wonder Legere is so ecstatic about it.

“Earlier this month, wireless customers coast to coast proved T-Mobile already delivers America’s best unlimited network. We swept the competition in OpenSignal’s report on all counts—a global industry first. And that was before we started lighting up the world’s first 600 MHz LTE network,” Legere said. “Buckle up, carriers. Because the Un-carrier’s 600 MHz network just got real.”

As to what makes this new low-band spectrum so special and expensive, it basically allows for a faster internet connection by being considerably less crowded. Most high spectrum networks are often clogged up by other wireless services such as cellular signals. By rolling out this new, premium spectrum, T-Mobile customers are about to get a huge boost in their internet speeds.

The first customers to get this new connection include sites in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where the service was first turned on, BGR reports. According to the carrier’s CTO, Neville Ray, this is a big deal since it brings T-Mobile significantly closer to matching what Verizon has to offer on a coverage basis.

This would also help propel the carrier’s standing in the eyes of customers to new heights. By addressing T-Mobile’s biggest drawback, which is its network coverage limitations, the company can officially offer its services to even more people.

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