T-Mobile said this week that it has increased the capacity of its 4G LTE network in Washington, DC by 1,000 percent ahead of the Inauguration on January 20. The changes are permanent, so Washington, DC residents should reap the benefits before and after the city is slammed with millions of people for the ceremony.
T-Mobile said it was able to increase its network so drastically by using LTE Advanced tech such as 256 QAM and 4X4 MIMO while upgrading equipment, building new facilities and increasing back haul. Here’s what T-Mobile said are some of the permanent changes to its Washington, DC network:
- adding LTE spectrum to each site,
- deploying three carrier aggregation for a total of 30+30 MHz of LTE,
- launching 4×4 MIMO and 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM),
- adding new multi-beam antennas and other upgraded equipment, and
- more than doubling backhaul on many sites.
This is huge if you’re going to the Inauguration
I attended President Obama’s initial inauguration (that’s me as a young lad in the picture above), and I can say from experience that it’s a complete disaster for wireless networks. I remember not being able to reach anyone, which was kind of scary given the insane crowds that take over the city for the event.
My guess is that Verizon, AT&T and Sprint will also have systems in place to increase capacity, if those networks haven’t already done so. Most wireless carriers are equipped with portable stations capable of improving data and voice services for occasions like concerts, major sporting events and even crisis situations.