T-Mobile plans grandure 3G upgrade



As was the case with Ben Johnson, former Canadian Olympian who wanted to go faster but had to pay for it (kudos to those who get this reference), T-Mobile’s shelled out some dollars to get their 3G plans underway.

Reports from Information Week have the former Catherine Zeta-Jones’ers spending over $4 billion for additional radio spectrum in a recent federal auction, with $2.7 billion going towards the network upgrade to 3G. Holy dollars dropped!

“T-Mobile, the U.S. wireless arm of Deutsche Telekom, was the recent top bidder in an FCC auction of new licenses for using the public airwaves for wireless services. T-Mobile’s bid accounted for nearly one-third of the $13.9 billion raised when the bidding closed last month.

According to T-Mobile, the spectrum acquisition supports its strategic reorientation, Telekom 2010, announced in September. Since the purchase of T-Mobile in 2001, Deutsche Telekom has expanded its business to 23.3 million customers. T-Mobile is No. 4 among the nationwide carriers in the U.S. market, behind Cingular Wireless, Verizon, and Sprint.”