The FCC has officially granted the 600 MHz spectrum licenses that T-Mobile successfully secured in the recent broadcast incentive auction.
The Operator now officially possesses a staggering average of 31 MHz of 600 MHz spectrum licenses across the nation, more than quadrupling its low-band holdings. Despite the cries from skeptics, T-Mobile said it has already kicked off deployment activities and will see the first sites ready for testing this summer. This timeline sets the stage for commercial operations later this year. That’s when new 600 MHz smartphones from leading smartphone manufacturers are anticipated to arrive.
T-Mobile has been working closely with the FCC and broadcasters and expects more than 1 million square miles of 600 MHz spectrum the Operator owns to be clear and ready for deployment by year end.
T-Mobile also earlier this year announced plans to use this new spectrum to both strengthen its LTE network and build out its nationwide 5G network, expanding 5G beyond the urban core to support applications that require mobility and connectivity across the country.