Last year, after a failed takeover attempt, AT&T had to pay a $3 billion break-up fee and give T-Mobile USA $1 billion worth of AWS spectrum, as well.
The carrier says it will use that new spectrum and the $3 billion to launch their own rival LTE network in 2013, as well as install new equipment at 37,000 cell towers.
Says T-Mobile: "Today, we operate America's Largest 4G Network delivering a fast and reliable 4G data experience with HSPA+. Launching LTE next year lets us take advantage of technology infrastructure advancements and benefit from a more mature LTE device ecosystem while continuing to meet the growing demand for data with a powerful 4G experience."
The carrier will actually be the first U.S. carrier to have integrated 4G radios in its cell towers, which should offer higher performance and less hiccups than Verizon and AT&T's networks currently have.
For now, the plan is set but T-Mobile is still awaiting the final transfer of spectrum from AT&T.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Feb 2012 22:47