T-Mobile has been ramping up its plans for a nationwide 4G LTE network since early 2012, and now it seems that plan is almost complete.
On Friday it emerged that OpenSignal, a third-party firm that collects and monitors network data, noticed activity on T-Mobile 4G LTE networks in New York, San Francisco, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Seattle, Denver, New Orleans and San Diego.
There have been plenty of hints lately that T-Mobile's LTE will soon roll out, but perhaps none are more telling than this.
That network activity is likely coming from inside T-Mobile, and if the carrier is testing its own networks then it seems T-Mobile 4G LTE really is upon us.
Don't stop me now
T-Mobile promised in January that it would unleash a 4G LTE network this year.
That network would cover more than 200 million customers by the end 2013, the carrier said.
More recently, the fourth-largest carrier in the U.S. teased a 4G LTE light-up before the end of the month, likely heralded by an event next week on March 26.
Those devices hit speeds of up to 25MB per second downloading and 8MB per second uploading, with 40ms latency, according to the network firm.
As CNET pointed out today, those numbers come from an extremely small sample on a network likely still in testing, and should not be considered representative of T-Mobile's 4G LTE network before it actually goes public.
T-Mobile will be the fourth and final major U.S. carrier to join the 4G LTE fray. As of this month, Verizon has the widest 4G LTE coverage, while AT&T had the fastest 4G LTE speeds.
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Michael Rougeau is a former freelance news writer for TechRadar. Studying at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Northeastern University, Michael has bylines at Kotaku, 1UP, G4, Complex Magazine, Digital Trends, GamesRadar, GameSpot, IFC, Animal New York, @Gamer, Inside the Magic, Comic Book Resources, Zap2It, TabTimes, GameZone, Cheat Code Central, Gameshark, Gameranx, The Industry, Debonair Mag, Kombo, and others.
Micheal also spent time as the Games Editor for Playboy.com, and was the managing editor at GameSpot before becoming an Animal Care Manager for Wags and Walks.
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