CHEYENNE, Wy.(KGWN)- T-Mobile has begun firing up its new 600 mega-hertz LTE network in Cheyenne.
You may notice this tower on top of the Federal Center on Capitol Avenue downtown.
The network will leverage the massive haul of super-premium spectrum won in the government broadcast incentive auction earlier this year.
Cheyenne is the very first network site in the world using this Nokia equipment. Our city is 1 of 600 network sites that will be across the world.
This year alone, additional 600 MHz sites are slated for locations including Wyoming, Northwest Oregon, West Texas, Southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, Western North Dakota, Maine, Coastal North Carolina, Central Pennsylvania, Central Virginia and Eastern Washington. Those deployments and other network upgrades will help the Un-carrier increase total LTE coverage from 315 million Americans today to 321 million by year’s end.
The company is planning to roll out this new super-spectrum in a record shattering pace of just six months.
To meet this aggressive timeline for getting this super-spectrum into customers’ hands, T-Mobile has been coordinating closely with the infrastructure providers, chipset makers and device manufacturers to bring 600 MHz LTE to customers at breakneck speed. Nokia and Qualcomm have launched new technology, and both Samsung and LG plan to launch phones that tap into this new spectrum in the fourth quarter of this year.
In Cheyenne they hope to improve data speeds and provide bandwidth in hard to reach areas.