Last month, T-Mobile unveiled that its 600MHz Extended Range LTE coverage already covered over 900 cities in the U.S. Now, it looks like T-Mobile has some good news for its customers based in New York City.
Earlier today, T-Mobile announced that they have accomplished the repack of WLNY-TV’s 600MHz spectrum. This was completed together with CBS Corporation’s CBS Television Stations. The spectrum is found on some portions of Long Island and its surrounding area reaching into Queens and Brooklyn.
With this announcement, T-Mobile is expected to roll out 600MHz LTE in this cleared spectrum at the start of next year. T-Mobile also shares that they have already prepared the equipment they will use to deploy 600MHz for 5G.
This repacking comes early as it was initially set to be completed by August 2019. The FCC set this deadline for the network. With today’s news, the repacking was completed early by over a year.
So what makes this 600MHz LTE network so attractive? Once it will be deployed, the spectrum will be able to cover an area twice as far. It is also able to penetrate buildings four times better compared to mid-band LTE.
Since it is set for deploying early next year, it’s exciting to see the different smartphones that will be compatible with it. As of this writing, the only devices that support 600MHz LTE include the LG G7 ThinQ, LG K30, LG V30, Samsung Galaxy J3 Star, Samsung Galaxy S9, and Samsung Galaxy S9+.
More 600MHz LTE compatible devices should be unveiled real soon.