According to the Technical Evangelist for Ookla, Milan Milanovic, T-Mobile is boosting 500Mbps downloading speed using Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) in the New York City.
After running about 13-speed tests, T-Mobile got an average down speed of 503Mbps with 42.7 Mbps up speed. And, one test result showed 531 Mbps downloading speed and 47.9 Mbps up speed.
The tests were conducted at 45th Street and Third Avenue, Manhattan. This place is equipped with 60MHz of LAA and 20MHz of Brand 4 spectrum.
Moreover, T-Mobile is planning to deploy 25,000 more cells with LAA to add up speed and capacity to its LTE network. Though T-Mobile LAA can provide a serious speed boost, it has quite a short range. For instance, the cell site, which was used for the speed test only covers a diameter of 4 blocks.
According to T-Mobile, it will begin to build out 5G coverage later this year and in 2019, it will launch 5G phones. However, those, who are not willing to adopt 5G soon, can use LAA coverage by the time the 5G coverage would grow and mature.
T-Mobile phones that support LAA include LG V30, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Active, S9, and Galaxy Note 8. Also, Huawei Mate 10 Pro (unlocked version) supports LAA technology.