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T-Mobile USA Accelerating 3G Rollout

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It has been reported that T Mobile USA is prepping for a near nationwide 3G launch at the beginning of October. At the moment, the company offers 3G services in the New York area only and has previously said that it expects 3G coverage to be available in the top 20 to 25 markets by the end of this year. Various reports suggest that the company will switch on some 27 markets on the 1st October.

T-Mobile has lagged behind its rivals in the deployment of a faster network, which allows for more profitable data services. While T-Mobile says it has benefited from the growth of data, it has fallen behind as Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel tout their faster services. AT&T, behind the other two, has deployed 3G services to more than 270 markets.

T-Mobile is late in deploying 3G services because it previously lacked the necessary wireless licenses from the Federal Communications Commission. In 2006, T-Mobile spent nearly $4.2 billion for 120 licenses. Later that year, the company said it planned to spend $2.66 billion over the next two to three years to upgrade its network.

The other cities which were expected to get 3G coverage by the end of the year are Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, New England, NJ and Long Island, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

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