T-Mobile has provided an update on the progress of its $4 billion 4G LTE buildout today, announcing that the network is on track to roll out in early 2013. The first 400 sites will get LTE equipment installed by the end of June and a total of 2,500 sites will be equipped by the end of July.
T-Mobile senior VP of technology, Dave Mayo, gave the progress report during a conference this morning. He confirmed that trials for its LTE network will begin this summer and that an additional 19,500 sites for its LTE equipment have already been approved.
Besides rolling out LTE, T-Mobile still expects to introduce its 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz spectrum for the iPhone. This service will be available in a large number of markets later this year and small scale testing has already begun.