T-Mobile has a lot of high-band spectrum, but it is rather useless when the service cannot penetrate through walls or go across large rural areas.
This is why T-Mobile is appealing to the FCC, who are looking to open some of the spectrum below 1GHz to mobile providers, who currently lack the available spectrum.
Back in 2007 and 2008, both AT&T and Verizon Wireless managed to grab a lot of this spectrum, while T-Mobile and Sprint focused on high-band. Turns out the low-band spectrum proved the most useful, despite being underwhelming when it comes to speeds.
T-Mobile has been growing out its wireless network at a rapid rate, ever since CEO John Legere entered office. AT&T has seen a drop in their revenue from T-Mobile, but Verizon Wireless is currently not experiencing any problems with T-Mobile.
In order to get a foot past the two dominant network providers, T-Mobile needs this low-end spectrum. The biggest complaint of T-Mobile at the moment is their poor network indoors and in rural areas, where AT&T and Verizon Wireless shine.
The 600Mhz sale will begin sometime next year. T-Mobile is appealing for 50 percent of the spectrum to be handed to their network, in order to beef up the speeds indoors, but AT&T and Verizon Wireless don’t want a more powerful T-Mobile.
T-Mobile believes with this new spectrum, more customers will move over to their Un-Carrier deals, currently sweeping the nation.