Tech Talk: T-Mobile extends 600 MHz rollout to over 900 markets

Dear Friends & Colleagues:

As promised, we continue to deliver updates on T-Mobile’s 600 MHz rollout to prepare you for the inevitable RF challenges that will be in your region soon.

So far, T-Mobile says it has deployed its 600 MHz spectrum in more than 900 U.S. cities and towns, 120 of which were not previously served by the carrier. Omaha, Nebraska; Augusta, Maine; and Los Alamos, New Mexico are among the cities served by T-Mobile using its newest low-band spectrum. In addition, T-Mobile says it is deploying 600 MHz LTE throughout Puerto Rico.

Further, in order to accelerate the process of freeing up the spectrum for LTE, T-Mobile has been working with broadcasters occupying 600 MHz spectrum to assist them in moving to their new channel assignments early. This means that the TV Repack may have impact far sooner than many people think. For example, T-Mobile and NBC 5 / KXAS-TV in North Texas partnered to make 600 MHz spectrum available for 4G LTE more than a YEAR EARLY. (read more here).

To quote Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer at T-Mobile: “We’re keeping our foot on the gas to add 600 MHz to our LTE network as quickly as possible, giving customers even more capacity and coverage while laying the foundation for 5G.”

Do your homework when making a wireless purchasing decision. Know that time is no longer on our side. We need to make alternative plans for all equipment operating in 600 MHz by the end of 2018.

Feel free to contact me about the benefits of utilizing our UV-1G wireless intercom system, which operates primarily in the VHF band. It is an excellent start to conserving your available UHF bandwidth for use with wireless products that must operate there.

Thank you,

James Stoffo
CTO, Radio Active Designs

Prepare For Loss Of 600MHz By Year’s End

Industry Collegues:

Welcome to Tech Talk. Radio Active Designs is committed to providing timely information about the 600MHz spectrum re-allocation in order to minimize negative impact to wireless microphone and intercom operators across the United States.

Tech Talk will provide you with the information you need to weather the RF storm headed our way.

As you are aware, there is a 39-month transition period allowed for the 600MHz re-allocation, which began in April. However, wireless microphone and intercom operators should be aware that T-Mobile is pursuing an aggressive rollout plan across the country, with the goal of having several markets offering service before the end of the year.

Just as importantly, T-Mobile is already demonstrating their 600MHz services on a small-scale basis (micro-cells) at press events and trade shows. Recently, at one such recent event, they deployed a low power micro-cell for demonstration (without prior notice) and caused significant interference to wireless microphones and related equipment.

Please look at a recent article that was written by Phil Kurt and appeared in TVNewsTech. In the article he interviews Karl Voss, Chief Frequency Coordinator for every Super Bowl since 1996. The article is enlightening.

Karl has been a long-time advocate of proper frequency coordination. During the interview he notes that even television broadcasters are ill prepared. Needless to say, those of us in the professional audio community have good reason to be concerned about our lack of readiness as well.

Wireless operators should be prepared to vacate the 600 MHz band with the exception of the Duplex Gap and Guard bands immediately.  Radio Active Designs is making every effort to obtain T-Mobile roll out information for each region of the country so that wireless operators may prepare. You can find this information on our website, and it is being updated regularly.

Phil Kurt’s full article with Karl Voss is available here. 

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available….

James Stoffe
Radio Active Designs CTO, Principle