T-Mobile Netherlands announced plans to use TD-LTE spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band to boost speeds on its 4G network. This is the fourth carrier band used by the operator, after recently completing the roll-out of 4G in the 2,100 MHz band.
The 2.6 GHz spectrum is expected to add up to 120 Mbps to customer speeds. The new carrier will be activated in busy and highly populated areas first, and by the end of this year, much of the national network should support the new frequencies. Most new smartphones, including the iPhone since version 6, support TD-LTE.
T-Mobile said the TD-LTE technique supports especially increased download speeds. The same channel is used both for sending and receiving data, the same as with Wi-Fi. This gives relatively more download capacity than upload, something especially useful for watching video.
In addition, T-Mobile is activating QAM 256 on its LTE Network, which could increase speeds a further 30 percent. This is deployed on the existing 900, 1,800 and 2,100 MHz frequencies in order to support higher data capacity. This gives each antenna the ability to reach up to 450 Mbps.