Residents in Price and Ashland Counties now have one more option for all their voice, messaging, and data needs as T-Mobile recently announced they have expanded their reach to the Park Falls, Phillips, and Glidden communities.
They join 900 other cities and towns across 32 states to access 600 MHz Extended Range 4G LTE, whose lower frequency allows for greater coverage and capacity than a signal on the mid-band spectrum, such as 2,100 MHz indicative of 3G coverage.
According to a spokesman for T-Mobile USA, the low-frequency Extended Range LTE signals travel twice as far from the cell towers, which has enabled the company to offer network coverage to places here in the Northwoods where there once was none. Service indoors, too, will be four times as efficient, as the long-wavelength signals work better to penetrate the walls of buildings, the spokesman said.
Northwoods T-Mobile users may even see more upgrades within the next couple of years, as the company is also rolling out new equipment for a 5G network, which they plan to begin lighting up in 2019, according to the spokesman.
"By installing the 600 MHz now, what we're doing in Park Falls and these other areas is actually prepping for our 5G network so
when we start flipping the switch on 5G next year and have nationwide coverage in 2020, these areas that have 600 MHz already set will be able to get it," the spokesman said.
As a result, users could see download speeds increase tenfold, he said, and enjoy an internet connection that is near-instantaneous.
T-Mobile currently offers six 600 MHz-capable smartphones, with more than a dozen more expected to launch this year. Starting this month, T-Mobile will also begin enabling customers with capable devices to access the capacity of both the 600 MHz Extended Range LTE and mid-band LTE at the same time, increasing download speeds.
For more information on T-Mobile's network and the impact of 600 MHz Extended Range LTE on coverage, visit www.t-mobile.com/coverage.
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