T-Mobile announced it’s flipped the switch on new Extended Range LTE for the Chicago metropolitan area, providing supercharged LTE coverage that carries signals twice as far from cell sites and is four times better in buildings than before.
To go with this expanded network coverage, the Un-carrier also announced plans to open more than 40 new T-Mobile and MetroPCS stores in the city and suburbs, expanding T-Mobile’s retail footprint in the area by nearly 20%. T-Mobile’s retail and network expansion is expected to generate more than 350 new Chicago-area jobs just this year in retail and network engineering alone.
More Coverage and Capacity in Chicagoland
T-Mobile’s Extended Range LTE signal now blankets Chicago’s downtown, suburban and outlying areas with enhanced LTE coverage and capacity. For Un-carrier customers, that means even better service in areas as far north as Janesville, Wisconsin, and extending west and south past Rockford, DeKalb, Joliet and Kankakee.
“T-Mobile’s network has leapfrogged the competition in just four short years, and now we have the most advanced, fastest LTE in the country – including supercharged Extended Range LTE in the 10 largest U.S. cities,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer of T-Mobile. “But, we’re just getting started. Every day, we’re building a bigger, better, faster network, and we’ll start lighting up 600 MHz LTE later this year —all meaning T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers can expect an even more amazing experience ahead.”
“With Extended Range LTE, T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers in Chicago can get more reliable coverage indoors and out,” said Jennifer Silveira, Vice President of Engineering for T-Mobile’s Central Region. “Our engineers worked around the clock to bring Extended Range LTE to our Chicagoland customers in record time, just a few months after we acquired the airwaves, and we have even more game-changing network enhancements on the way to boost data speeds even higher, like 256 QAM, three carrier aggregation and 4×4 MIMO.”
In addition, Chicago-area T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers are among the very first to experience T-Mobile’s new small cell network technologies, expanding capacity while delivering the Un-carrier’s super-fast data speeds.