T-Mobile Introduces Next-Gen Network Map with Real-Time Data Updated Biweekly

by Istvan Fekete on March 31, 2015

T-Mobile has found another way to distance itself from carriers in the US: its coverage map. Yesterday, the wireless player unveiled its so-called “Next-Gen Network Map”, which will show real-world network information sourced from its customers.

Actually, the initiative isn’t new: We’ve seen T-Mobile’s CEO highlighting speed data coming from customers in earlier public events, showcasing the “uncarrier” features. Now, T-Mobile is back and is presenting this as a new uncarrier feature, quickly degrading every existent network map to an ancient level, since all of them display theoretical speeds.

According to a blog post penned by T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray, the next-gen map will show real-time customer experiences on the carrier’s network and is based on more than 200 million actual customer usage data points collected every single day.

“For years, every carrier has produced its network map in the same way, based on ‘predictive coverage estimations.’ The problem is that these maps are exactly that—best estimates of the small business, area, and networks.. But for some time now, there have been far more advanced methods and technologies available to produce far more accurate coverage maps—based on the actual experience of real customers, like you and your family,” wrote Ryan.

He also highlighted that T-Mobile will display information from “trusted third-party sources”, including Infix and other yet-to-be-named companies, to augment its own network data. The map will show LTE, HSPA+, EDGE, and other levels of coverage, and customers will be able zoom in on an area of 100 square meters.

The map will include fresh data and will be updated twice a month. By contrast, other carriers’ maps “may be months or even years old”, Ryan says.

“As we continue to rapidly enhance and expand our 4G LTE coverage to reach 300 million Americans this year, our new Next-Gen coverage map will also continue to evolve–based on billions of data points provided by real customers’ real-life network experiences,” Ray wrote. “Because, at the end of the day, your experience and our business interests with our network is what it’s all about.”

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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