T-Mobile announced today the launch of its 1700MHz AWS 3G network in Las Vegas. Customers with new AWS band phones will be able to use the 1700MHz spectrum for voice and UMTS 3G data services.
Las Vegas as the second city to receive T-Mobile’s AWS band 3G service following New York City. T-Mobile promise that it will add “at least” 20 more coverage areas to its 3G network before the end of the year.
T-Mobile has invested more than $37.5 million in infrastructure and spectrum to bring its 3G service to the Las Vegas market, according to Neville Ray, senior vice president, engineering operations.
Phones that support T-Mobil’es 3G will automatically find the 3G network. T-Mobile also said that it will be expanding its 3G footprint to 20 additional markets by the end of the year, and is preparing to announce an HSDPA-capable phone and “new and compelling data-centric, all-in-one devices.” Phone Scoops says T-Mobile did not elaborate as to what those devices would be.
By the end of the first quarter of 2008, 123 million mobile customers were served by Deutsche Telekom worldwide — 30.8 million by T-Mobile USA.