As expected, T-Mobile USA announced yesterday exactly how it will use the spectrum it licensed in a recent auction held by the FCC. This came in the form of a speech from CEO Robert Dotson.
For T-Mobile users, the carrier’s statement of its plans was full of good news and bad. It will be rolling out new high-speed wireless services — both UMTS and HSDPA — but users won’t have access to any of these until the middle of next year.
And there’s more bad news. Although many other carriers around the world have already implemented UMTS and HSDPA, because of regional differences T-Mobile USA will have to come out with its own version of these wireless standards, which means that phones specifically designed for other regions won’t work on this new network, and vice versa.
UMA Service Coming Soon
Dotson also confirmed earlier rumors that T-Mobile USA is going begin offering UMA service soon.
UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) lets devices make use of cellular networks through short-range wireless technologies, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.