Uncarrier 7.0 – Yay or Nay?

T-Mobile’s solution to capacity issues (eg: too many people placing heavy demands on the network)?  Free femtocell coverage aka “Uncarrier 7.0”.  Recently, T-Mobile has been receiving a deluge of customer complaints, particularly regarding in-building (indoor) service.   Without the low frequency spectrun that other wireless providers have, T-Mobile’s indoor network is at a disadvantage.   To compensate, its offering femtocells coverage to its user-base (free Wi-Fi calling).   During the past year or so,  John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile has been exceptionally successful at adding subscribers to the network, yet deployment hasn’t kept pace, resulting in overall performance gaps. To put a fine point on this – out of the 1,000+ client leads Steel in the Air has had this year from landowners who’ve received inquiries from wireless carriers regarding new site builds,  only a handful have been from T-Mobile.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that T-Mobile cell sites will be decommissioned; it just means that Wi-Fi offloading will be an even more prominent player in the T-Mobile network as opposed to AT&T and Verizon.



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