First up, T-Mobile has started testing License Assisted Access (LAA) on its network. The field testing, which began in Los Angeles yesterday, showed blazing 741 Mbps download speeds using 80 MHz of aggregated spectrum. With LTE-U, consumers can enjoy Internet speeds like what Carrier Aggregation, 256 QAMcan, and 4×4 MIMO offer. T-Mobile says that its LTE-U service, using the 5GHz band, is live in six locations in the USA, with more to follow.
AT&T said that an initial roll-out of LAA "is expected to play a key role" as AT&T aims to reach gigabit LTE speeds at "some small cell sites by the end of the year", and added that "it's also one of the technologies we're using to enhance the network and boost speeds in our 5G Evolution markets". The enhancement is available in select areas only such as Bellevue (Washington), Brooklyn (New York), Dearborn (Michigan), Las Vegas (Nevada), Richardson (Texas), and Simi Valley (California). And there's no need to turn on or download anything.
"LAA is the the latest example of how T-Mobile is innovating the way forward". The neat thing about LTE-U is that users do not have to configure anything on their compatible smartphone, it just works. "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. More locations will be rolling out later this year, T-Mobile noted. "The trials at the various locations listed below will allow T-Mobile to test prototype equipment in outdoor and indoor setting prior to equipment certification ..."
T-Mobile likes to talk up its network enhancements, and today the magenta carrier made two more announcements.
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