T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) and CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS), completed the accelerated repack of WLNY-TV´s 600 MHz spectrum on portions of Long Island and the surrounding area that extends into Brooklyn and Queens, the company said.
WLNY moved to its new spectrum frequency earlier this month, more than a year sooner than the August 2019 FCC deadline. This agreement enables T-Mobile to enhance LTE coverage and capacity in the New York City area more quickly, with equipment that supports LTE and is 5G ready.
As a result of the 600 MHz spectrum auction last year, broadcasters using 600 MHz spectrum will move to new frequencies to allow wireless companies, like T-Mobile, to access the spectrum and repurpose it for new and expanded wireless services across the country.
This agreement is part of T-Mobile´s broader commitment to work with broadcasters on 600 MHz spectrum to assist them in moving to new frequencies. In the last year, T-Mobile announced several similar partnerships to assist stations in the move to new airwaves.
This agreement accelerates the Un-carrier´s rollout of 600 MHz Extended Range LTE, which travels twice as far and works four times better in buildings than mid-band spectrum, while laying the foundation for 5G in the New York City area. T-Mobile plans to light up 600 MHz LTE in this cleared spectrum in early 2019.
T-Mobile US is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through product and service innovation. Its advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers wireless experiences to 74.0 million customers. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. For more information, visit http://www.t-mobile.com.
CBS Television Stations consists of 28 owned-and-operated stations, including 15 that are part of the CBS Television Network, eight affiliates of The CW Network, three independent stations and two MyNetworkTV affiliates.