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A look at the T-Mobile/MetroPCS combined spectrum and coverage area

In case you missed it, this morning Deutsche Telekom completed an arrangement that will see the merger of their US branch of T-Mobile with MetroPCS. While the financial and business details have been covered, here’s a look at how the merger will expand coverage area and wireless spectrum holdings for the new venture. As you can see from the above map showing combined coverage area, the two networks overlap in the majority of shared markets.

The real gains come in spectrum, which includes AWS and LTE, as can be seen in the maps detailing each network before (below) and after (above) the merger. The strength of MetroCPS coverage in the Northeast could be used to balance T-Mobile’s weaknesses in the same region. Regardless, the two networks operate on different standards, with the CDMA network of MetroPCS eventually shutting down with spectrum repurposed for T-Mobile’s GSM operations. The two companies expect to complete the deal by mid-2013.




  • http://twitter.com/Vanakatherock Vanakatherock

    You know, I thought Metro PCS had more coverage compared to what is shown here.

    • Covert_Death

      they do lol thats whats funny. metroPCS is here in norman oklahoma (just south of OKC) and we don’t seem to be lit up on the metro map

      • JustinLamarGlass

        They also have coverage in Southern Illinois but maybe they are using someone elses towers

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=57210679 Mike Mouse-Morales

          They use Sprint’s network.

          • Ismael Rodriguez

            Which you would think would be a nice ripe shoe-in for Sprint. They’d be save a little bit of money on physical conversion, so they “may” be able to afford to spend more to outbid T-Mobile. I say buy them, if they can, then merge it with Boost and rebrand the new entity as their prepaid wing, while allowing for the added overall customer base and service area.

  • Chimphappyhour

    Looks like they need to get to using some of that spectrum they have in Montana, the Dakotas, Wyoming and Nebraska.

  • ILIkeBubbles

    It’s certainly not Verizon… But they do have truly unlimited data.. And that’s a super win. I’ll most likely make the switch when my contract is up.

    • MIKEEEEE

      only on their 4-g network.

  • Chris LeMay

    AT&T must be livid! Their deal falls through and they pay T-Mobile billions, only for them to merge with someone else a few months later.

  • ghulamsameer

    There’s going to be so much coverage for Atlanta! I won’t expect anything but 5 bars everywhere I go!

  • guitarist5122

    And this is why I’m leaving tmobile. Coverage sucks

  • kev2684

    Jacksonville looks good

  • MIKEEEEE

    i dumped t-mo after almost 11 years when they lost their data roamng with att. if they start covering my zipcode i’ll be back.