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NewsPoster Mar 18, 2013 12:08 PM
T-Mobile USA launching 4G LTE network later this month
T-Mobile will be activating its <a href="" rel='nofollow'>4G LTE</a> network in the United States by the end of this month, according to reports. An over-the-air update is being sent to Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones to activate the LTE radio in preparation for the LTE turn-on, which is expected to be at the same time as the BlackBerry Z10 becomes available through the carrier. <br />
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The update to the Galaxy Note II will take a few weeks to appear on all subscriber devices, with the last phones receiving theirs just as the network switches on. Executives speaking <a href="" rel='nofollow'>to</a> <em>CNET</em> confirmed the turn-on by the end of the month, specifically to coincide with the Z10 launch, though it was not revealed which markets would see it activated first. The Galaxy S III LTE is <a href=" .release/" rel='nofollow'>also expected</a> to launch on T-Mobile around that time. <br />
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Speed tests conducted on a closed LTE tower showed it could reached a download speed of 60Mbps and an upload of 15Mbps, though under near-ideal conditions. Real-world performance is expected to be lower, but since it appears that T-Mobile is limiting LTE to its more high-end devices, the earlier adopters are likely to find more than adequate capacity for their mobile needs, at least until more devices are set up to use it.<br />
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The impending merger of T-Mobile and MetroPCS was green-lit by the FCC <a href=" on.customers/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">last week</a>, with the Commission believing that the combined company would speed LTE deployment and build a stronger and faster national network. The final milestone for the merger are the shareholders, who are collectively set to receive $1.5 billion in cash and a 26-percent share in the merged company, if the deal is approved.
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