Bots have been winning T-Mobile Tuesdays giveaway contests

In July, astute Reddit users noticed an odd pattern among the recent winners of T-Mobile’s “T-Mobile Tuesdays” sweepstakes. A disproportionate number of the public winners were located in the tiny township of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

T-Mobile to Make Active First Massive MIMO Antenna in Amsterdam

T-Mobile to Make Active First Massive MIMO Antenna in Amsterdam

According to the T-Mobile, they are first in the Netherlands with the start of a massive MIMO antenna. These antennas arre designed to offer extra capacity to keep connections stable for all users.

Ericsson 5G field tests with Sprint yield 4Gbps speeds

Ericsson has sought to rival Nokia by getting in on the Sprint 5G party, in which it claims to have achieved 4 Gbps download speeds. The vendor joined Sprint’s efforts in delivering live 4K broadcasting of the Copa America soccer tournament taking place across the country. While Nokia chipped in for the first trial down in California at the Levi’s Stadium, where it used a live milli metre wave system running at 73 GHz, the next trial in Philadelphia saw Sprint achieve the same 4K streaming goal using a whopping 400 MHz of spectrum. Unsurprisingly, Sprint claims it saw some eye-watering speeds being achieved on the ground by users.



T-Mobile Macedonia Expands LTE to 50% of Population

Macedonian cellco T-Mobile has announced that it has expanded the coverage of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to 50% of the country’s population, corresponding to a territorial footprint of 20%.

T-Mobile Macedonia commercially launched its 4G services in December 2013, initially only in some areas of the capital Skopje (Centre Karposh Airport and K.Voda) and Mavrovo, although going forward it will be sequentially expanded to reach all customers in the Republic. By July 2014 the LTE network was available in the towns of Skopje, Mavrovo, Ohrid, Struga, Tetovo, Costivar & Strumitsa.

China’s First MVNO Goes Live

The launch of China’s first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), T.Mobile, has been announces. The provider piggybacks on the network of China Telecom but is currently limited to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, although the operator plans to expand to other areas of the province. T.Mobile is a unit of Chinese firm Telephone World Digital Group (TWDH), not to be confused with the preferred T-Mobile moniker of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom (DT). TWDG is one of 19 companies granted MVNO licenses, with others including a subsidiary of e-commerce giant Alibaba and retailers Suning, JD.com and D.Phone. The other MVNOs are due to launch shortly, and Suning and D.Phone began taking pre-orders for their service on 1 May.

The potential impact of MVNOs on China’s telecoms market is widely disputed, with many commentators expecting the high prices levied on virtual providers by network operators to limit their effect on competition. Xinhua cited several unnamed industry insiders as saying that the poor prospects for profitability would hamstring the MVNOs ability to drive competition, with one executive from China Telling Communication noting that each MVNO would require one million active subscribers to reach break-even. Nevertheless, some areas of the sector remain optimistic about the introduction of privately-owned MVNOs into a market previously controlled by three state-backed entities, namely China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. Zou Xueyong, the secretary general of China’s Industry Association of Mobile Virtual Network Operators, remained adamant that:

Virtual operators will help push forward reforms in the telecom industry and drive down prices of telecom services.’

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