15+15 LTE going live in Minneapolis

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T-Mobile’s made no secret of the fact that its building up a strong, and fast LTE network. And quickly. That was made clear when it announced that it had gone from 0 to 220 million people covered within the first twelve months of the network going live.

But covering a wide area isn’t the only measure they’re concerned with. It’s also committed to boosting networks up to 10+10, 15+15 and 20+20 MHz LTE to ensure really fast connections. One area to see a boost recently was Minneapolis. Staff in the area received the following email to confirm (speed test results are above):

” I am pleased to announce the launch of LTE 15 by 15 service in our market. Offering even greater data speeds, LTE 15 by 15 is the next step in evolution of our 4G/LTE network. By expanding the bandwidth available to LTE capable handsets, our customers will be able to enjoy even faster data speeds on TMO network. If you were wondering why suddenly your data service appears faster, it is because of this network upgrade. In addition, since the beginning of the year we have been pushing out aggressively our LTE foot print boundaries and now cover more customers than ever before. Providing the fastest network and reaching more people and places with LTE service are key objectives for us. We will continue to execute on that strategy as we go through the current year.

This is an exciting year for the engineering team and our network. With the tremendous progress we have made with the roll out of our LTE network, and the good news we received yesterday on approval of low-band spectrum, we will continue to provide the very best in class wireless service to our customers. I will keep you posted as we continue to make progress with our plans.”

Let us know if you see a sudden speed bump in your area, as it could also mean an improvement in network quality.

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  • KingofPing

    31.57 down in Lakeville (about 30 miles south of Minneapolis)….still only 1.76 up though.

  • JosephLagalla

    Is there anywhere that lists LTE by city and what form of it they have? ie. 5+5, 15+15, etc.

    • JosephLagalla

      Which band is in use would also be interesting.

      • http://freedomisthedream.com Wesley

        I want to know this too. Even when I’m outside, I only get about 8 to 10mb down and around 5mb up on my Nexus 5 through LTE. HSPA gives me 15 to 20mb in my apartment right now.

      • Alex Zapata

        As far as I’m aware TMO is only deploying LTE on band 4 as of now.

        • JosephLagalla

          I think you misunderstood what I meant. As of now, they are only deploying on band 4 and readying the PCS band for LTE. But I would like a more visible representation of the progress. I think Cam had mentioned something like this in the weeks past, though I could be mistaken.

        • Alex Zapata

          Ooooooh. Now that makes more sense. I wonder if the people at airportal[.]de would do anything like that.

    • Jason

      if you can get into field test mode or debugging you might be able to see it….
      I’m trying on a Nexus 5, i can get into the modes with an app off the playstore but haven’t seen any indicator showing what form….
      Maybe google you device name and field test mode but be careful and DO NOT CHANGE ANY SETTING UNLESS YOUR SURE OF WHAT YOUR DOING…..
      I might be able to get into the menu because I’m on a custom rom and rooted but ymmv

      • JosephLagalla

        I was thinking of that. I can’t seem to find a method for the tmo m8 and don’t yet have a micro to nano sim adapter for use with my note II

  • Brandon

    45.48 down and 14.29 up in Brooklyn Center (10 miles north of downtown Minneapolis.

  • Jax

    How come im only getting 5mb in Los Angeles, zip 90026

    Please give us faster LTE connection

    • Grant

      Remember those speeds will vary based on network traffic. That’s a huge one we forget about in the big cities. In Springfield, MO (small population) on LTE I get 20+Mb downloads, but when visiting Chicago get 5-10Mb downloads. It’s all relative.

  • chris zimmerman

    46.14 down and 18.57 up in Golden Valley, about 8 miles west of Minneapolis.

    • Kidney_Thief

      Just got similar results in Minnetonka, near 394 and 169.

      • sb

        72 down and 15 up in eden prairie, MN, at 212 and dell/eden prairie road while driving by

        • Kidney_Thief

          Holy cow. With what phone, out of curiosity?

        • sb

          Note 3

        • Kidney_Thief

          Interesting. I wonder if there’s more backhaul / fewer users further southwest from me, or if my Nexus 5 being a Cat 3 device is holding me back some.

        • sb

          I just tried the same area with my galaxy s3 lte version and I got 66 down and 8 up. So its most likely based on users/backhaul. Your phone should be just fine. The 46ish you got is nothing really to scoff at.

  • Miguel Sanchez

    Want faster LTE in east dallas please!!!

    • Josh

      I prefer west Dallas to have better lte

  • besweeet

    Please, take 30 minutes and get the forum going again, for the sake of everyone. Or at least tell is why it’s being avoided.

    • bkin94

      I’m pretty sure it would take more than 30 minutes initially, and much more than 30 minutes over time for moderators and administrators. If i’m not mistaken, TMOnews is kinda running on a skeleton crew right now. I’m sure our friends are doing their best to give us a great blog, and I trust that they are doing the right thing to focus their efforts on news. If you want a forum, there is a TMO sub forum over on HowardForums

      • besweeet

        I was actually an admin on the forum just before David left the site. I recommended building a forum from scratch, due to the sheer amount of spam (or just clearing out the MySQL DB). It would’ve taken less than 30 minutes. He even went as far as getting TmoForums (DOT) com that TmoNews would integrate with. Then all of that changed, of course. Since then, no interest has been made from anyone in regard to the forum. The community is here and willing to help.

    • Cam Bunton

      We’ve discussed it. Right now, we don’t have the man-power to maintain it. That could change in the future, because a forum could be great. I just don’t want to start one up and it end up being terrible because there’s no one to give it the time/effort/attention it needs.

      • besweeet

        Understandable. I’d bet that several people here (as the comments are generally very active) who wouldn’t mind taking the role of moderators.

  • JJCommonSense

    31.23 mbps down, 12.65 mbps up, ping 34ms in Northbrook Illinois!

  • Jay Holm

    Double post, forum acting screwey today

  • anon

    I got 59Mb the other day in front of the Coral Gables train station in Miami, FL the other day. Does this mean they are introducing 15×15???

    • Fabian Cortez

      Miami is still 10×10 MHz.

      • anon

        10×10 hits 59 Megs???

  • Jay Holm

    How bout some 15×15 here in Waterbury, Ct dang it!

  • Cam Fas

    Vegas still rocks 10+10 wonder if we will get 15+15 or 20+20 when metro pcs shuts down in vegas in a month

    • Jay Holm

      It’s actually 2mo’s, July 1, and I would guess likely, question is how soon after July 1? Surely can’t be too long, same here in New England. So I am very much looking forward to those 60+mbps speeds.

  • Jay Holm

    Hey! How bout some 15×15 here in Waterbury,Ct?!?!?

  • Brian T.

    WOW. 69.01 down and 14.68 up on the University of Minnesota campus. WOW!

    • Cam Bunton

      That’s awesome.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Any updates on San Jose and South Bay area? Any south bay or bay area folks here?

    • duscrom

      I remember getting 50+ on my Nexus 5, but I’m back down to the 30s on my HTC One M8

      • JaswinderSinghJammu

        It really depends on where exactly you are in south bay. Cupertino usually gets 50′s, Santa Clara 30′s

  • Bill P

    I’m in Columbus, Oh and received the following text msg this morning from T-Mobile: “We’re upgrading your area to super fast 4G LTE. You may experience some service disruptions over the next 3 wks.” Usually average around 25 down, 8 up now.

    • bkin94

      This excites me. Hopefully they will also increase their footprint in the columbus area

    • mattdistro

      Excellent, I’ll definitely keep an eye out. I get about the same, between 25-30 down on the southeast side of Columbus.

    • Eric00

      I got this text too. I’m in Porterville, CA. Relatively small town. I’ve been picking up LTE here and there for about a month and a half now though. Last speedtest I took I got 25 down and 11 up.

  • hristopelov

    is up in Hollywood aswell, there was a distruption of the service late yestarday, now at noon im gettin 65/25 Los Angeles 90038

  • Jason

    I haven’t noticed at home but 20/5 is good enough….
    Why are the ping times in article so high?
    I normally get 50ms or less…..

  • Fabian Cortez

    Orlando is a 15×15 MHz market.

    I’ve gotten 78 down on an iPhone 5S.

    “Tampa, FL” in the image is the location of the server.

    http://oi58.tinypic.com/30b2z35.jpg

    • yankeesusa

      Where in orlando?

  • Guest

    46.63 down and 15.47 up in Columbus, OH.

  • metalspy8

    70 down and 20 up..Kennesaw GA

  • Chris

    75 down, 12 up. Midtown Atlanta.

  • Sean Lindahl

    Minneapolis, MN by Lake Nokomis. 69.68Mbps down/17.46Mbps up. Great to see them enhancing their network so greatly.

  • Fabian Cortez

    Orlando is a 15×15 MHz market.

    I’ve gotten 78 down on an iPhone 5S.

    “Tampa, FL” in the image is the location of the server.

    http://oi58.tinypic.com/30b2z35.jpg

  • monkeybutts

    Wish T-mobile would deploy upgrades where I live in northern california. Between SF and Sacramento. I get between 10-20 down most spots in my house and 1-5 up usually. I’ve been other places in the area getting 30+ down and 10+ up. But those speeds aren’t as good as what everyone else gets :(

  • TBN27

    I wonder if it is in NYC also. About 2.5 weeks ago I got 55.25 down and 20.16 up.

    • Myles D

      NYC is 20×20.

  • Miguel Sanchez

    T-mobile needs 10+10 in East Dallas tx (75126)

    • Felix Alejandro Rodriguez

      In Addison I get 20+20 speeds. 64/22 Pretty frequently.

  • tbestylinonem

    15+15 Live in Daytona Beach, 62/15 easily

  • dd23

    I wonder what they using in los angeles zip 90022? I seen speeds up to 59 dwn 15 up on my lg g2 and sisters xperia z1s ..

  • a guest

    Im getting 58 down in Miami on an s3 lte. Perhaps if i had a newer phone it’d be even faster.

    • anon

      Where in Miami?

      • a guest

        Southern kendall near sw 117th ave and 120 st

  • J Cav the Great

    I still got the HSPA+ GS3…no LTE love here. : (

    • yankeesusa

      Are you sure your gs3 is the LTE model?

      • J Cav the Great

        what I mean is that I have the HSPA model not LTE..so I don’t get LTE love regardless.. T-Mobile has two GS3 models…after February 2013, they started offering the LTE model….

  • yankeesusa

    Are there any maps that show which areas are 10by10 or 15 by 15 etc?

  • Niteryder

    Great. Now just need more than just Edge Network for the rest of the state.

  • alwaysBfrank

    Still no lte in Cincinnati and since Verizon bought Cincinnati Bell Wireless we can kiss that spectrum goodbye, Big Red is not going to share

  • marco

    here in laredo texas troubles reaches 5 mbps upload and 1mbps down.

    I think I’ll change to verizon or at&t

  • startedfire

    Just saw my speeds hit 55 down in northern Illinois.

  • Aaron Davis

    I’m just outside of downtown Minneapolis (U of M area), and I’m still getting around 30mbit (10+10 LTE) download speeds.

    Looks like they either haven’t finished yet, or they forgot to flip the switch on a few towers