T-Mobile US inks deal to access 600 MHz band in Texas

Wednesday 14 March 2018 | 16:06 CET | News

T-Mobile US and NBC’s NBC 5/KXAS-TV station have signed a deal to accelerate the repacking of the station’s 600 MHz spectrum in North Texas and surrounding areas. NBC 5/KXAS-TV, which serves the Dallas/Fort-Worth area, will move to its new frequency in late May, more than a year earlier than the FCC deadline of 21 June 2019. The deal means the station will be able to transition to its new frequency and maximize its coverage area sooner than expected, and that T-Mobile US will be able to up its LTE coverage and capacity in the area more quickly. 

The agreement falls under T-Mobile’s broader commitment to work with broadcasters occupying 600 MHz spectrum to assist them in moving to new frequencies and to accelerate the process of freeing up the spectrum for new and expanded mobile services across the country. The deal will help push the company’s rollout of 600 MHz Extended Range LTE to cities in North Texas including Paris, Sulphur Springs, Tyler, Waco and Wichita Falls, as well as surrounding areas including Ardmore and Durant, Oklahoma.

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