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T-Mobile 1900 MHz HSPA+ refarming 95 percent done but delayed by Hurricane Sandy

News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday November 01, 2012.

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Hurricane Sandy continues to negatively affect U.S. wireless carriers. In addition to knocking out 25 percent of cellular sites and then hampering part of Verizon's network in the Northeast, Sandy has forced T-Mobile to delay some of its planned 1900 MHz HSPA+ launches. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray told attendees at the 4G World trade show that the carrier is 95 percent complete with its refarming of its 1900 MHz spectrum for HSPA+, a change of network resources that will enable faster speeds on more devices. He then revealed that T-Mobile has to delay some of those launches because of Hurricane Sandy.

"We would have talked more about those markets today, but Hurricane Sandy made it not feasible," Ray said.

Hurricane Sandy has damaged hundreds of cell sites for carriers and put a damper on T-Mobile's upcoming plans to launch faster 4G service in several markets. T-Mobile announced in September that it will adjust its networks in select cities to enable its faster HSPA+ network to operate on the 1900 MHz spectrum. The change will enable faster speeds for many customers, including subscribers who bring unlocked iPhones to T-Mobile. T-Mobile has not yet listed all of the cities expected to receive HSPA+ refarming, but it has so far launched service in Las Vegas and Kansas City.

source: Fierce Wireless, via: TmoNews

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