T-Mobile USA Announces Commercial 3G Network Availability in 21 Markets By
Company Confirms Launch of UMTS/HSDPA in Major Markets Across the Country and Details Plans for Additional Markets in the Fourth Quarter
BELLEVUE, Wash. Sept. 18, 2008T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced highlights of the companys wireless network expansion plans, including the deployment of its third-generation (3G) wireless broadband service to 27 major markets in the United States by the end of 2008. The planned expansion is expected to deliver T-Mobile 3G services to more than two-thirds of T-Mobiles current data customers, with meaningful expansion to additional customers and markets through 2009.
T-Mobiles UMTS/HSDPA high-speed data network is currently available across 13 major metropolitan markets: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, New York (including northern New Jersey and Long Island), Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio and San Diego. The company plans to expand its service by mid-October to additional markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Francisco and Seattle. An additional six markets Birmingham, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Memphis and Tampa are expected to have the network available before the end of the year, increasing the number of markets with T-Mobiles 3G network to 27 markets.
With the faster data speeds delivered by our 3G network, T-Mobile looks forward to offering mobile products and services that place the full power of the Web in our customers hands, said Cole Brodman, chief development officer, T-Mobile USA.
T-Mobiles 3G network supports multiple UMTS capable-phones as well as the HSDPA-enabled Sony Ericsson TM506, a mass-market flip phone. In the coming months, T-Mobile plans to offer new and compelling data-centric, all-in-one devices that will help make the most of T-Mobiles HSDPA network, which can deliver download speeds of up to 1 Mbps. The faster speeds allow T-Mobile customers to take full advantage of new and emerging applications from social networking to sending live video.
The launch of the 3G network also enables T-Mobile to accommodate and serve customers more efficiently through the use of its AWS spectrum, effectively doubling T-Mobile USAs spectrum position and laying the foundation for the companys future growth.
T-Mobile and the U.S. government, namely the Department of Commerce, Department of Defense and the Department of Justice, continue to work closely and effectively together to make available AWS spectrum that will give our customers access to T-Mobiles 3G network.
As the 3G service rolls out in targeted major markets, T-Mobile will continue to build upon its T-Mobile® HotSpot Wi-Fi network its wireless high-speed Internet offering that launched in 2002 and its nationwide voice and data network, to empower customers to effortlessly stay connected using the best available network.
T-Mobile USA is part of T-Mobile International, which is following a common technology path across all of its markets in Europe and the United States, from GSM/GPRS/EDGE to UMTS/HSDPA. T-Mobile USA greatly benefits from T-Mobile Internationals 3G experiences in Europe, where adoption of non-messaging mobile data is growing dynamically; and with more than 125 million customers worldwide, T-Mobile International is able to generate significant global procurement synergies.
About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. operation of Deutsche Telekom AGs Mobile Communications Business, and a wholly owned subsidiary of T-Mobile International, one of the worlds leading companies in mobile communications. By the end of the second quarter of 2008, 125 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group 31.5 million by T-Mobile USA all via a common technology platform based on GSM, the worlds most widely used digital wireless standard. T-Mobiles innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit www.t-mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.
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Note to Editors
Acronyms referred to within include GSM (Global System for Mobile communications); GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution); UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System), HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) and Mbps (Megabits Per Second).
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