LTE speed bumps spotted in L.A. and OH, further expansion in Puerto Rico

Over the past few days we’ve received a number of emails from readers who’ve noticed speed bumps across the U.S. In various places, it seems 4G is getting boosted. The first was in Columbus, OH. It’s been noted that speeds have been around the 25-30Mbps mark. Recently, those download speeds have virtually doubled. The screenshot below is from a speed test undertaken in that area:

Columbus OH

The second is one of three speed tests done near the Dodgers stadium in Los Angeles. Similar to the speeds in Columbus, they’ve pretty much doubled. From the 30Mbps mark, again up to over 60Mbps.

L.A Dodgers Stadium

One of our regular contributors, Michael, has been busy mapping LTE spots in Puerto Rico too using the Sensorly app. Looks like T-Mobile’s 4th gen network is expanding well on the island. This time out, LTE has been spotted in areas around Cayey.

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Don’t stop sending this information in. If you spot any significant increases in speed in your area, let us know. We love hearing of T-Mo’s coverage expanding and speeding up. One thing is clear: The network wizards are busy.

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  • Jay J. Blanco

    I’m so jealous hope my city gets Wideband lte

  • JBLmobileG1

    Hopefully Las Vegas Nevada is on the list soon. Don’t get me wrong, we get fast speeds, but double would be nice. Maybe they are doing something to the network because my Note 3 battery has been really bad lately. For example, right now I am under 50% when normally around this time I still have 70%+ and I haven’t used it any different.

  • mattdistro

    Got one for almost 66Mbps when I left work on Wednesday.

    http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/842274797

  • Chad Dalton

    i dont know if it means anything…but my best speeds ever, were acquired on May 29 at 6:03 am 9.23 down and 1.14 up…then 12 hours later in the same spot at 6:10 pm…my speeds were 0,42 down and 0.38 up…so whether it’s T-Mobile working in our area or the network was less congested…i don’t know! But i was excited to see those speeds, but disappointed to see they didn’t stick around.

    • Chad Dalton

      I’m in Mocksville, North Carolina, by the way!

      • Roger Sales

        If you can upload a screenshot via twitter or something, I love seeing those throughout the country.

        • Chad Dalton

          i’m not familiar with twitter…but i’ll try and upload them

        • Roger Sales

          I often upload speed tests in my area, my handle is @RogerSales

        • Chad Dalton

          ok i’ll check it out thanks!

      • KingCobra

        Mocksville has LTE now?

    • monkeybutts

      Were you using sensorly? Their servers kind of suck also possible throttling

      • Chad Dalton

        no i used speedtest.net, both times…

  • Whiskers

    Oh Yea , lightning fast LTE here on the west side of Columbus , Ohio.
    It smokes my brothers data speeds on his AT&T network !

  • Marcoshay

    Still on Edge in Yuma, AZ. :/

    • jjs81

      I have friends in Yuma. Hoping the service upgrades are in place before I visit in late September.

      It’s sucks. That area always seems to be consistently last in every carriers network upgrade plans.

      • Roger Sales

        Is there any reason why? There seems to be a decent amount of people living there, it doesn’t seem like a sticks area.

        • Marcoshay

          I have no clue, we even have a tmobile store here, trying to sell service with very outdated technology.

        • Roger Sales

          and the store themselves doesn’t have at least 3G reception? That’s really odd for a corporate store, given that they can and should have built a tower on property they own. Maybe the town of Yuma gives them a hard time with building permits? I know that politically that’s been the reason for carriers having a hard time getting networks updated – purely political.

        • Marcoshay

          Nope, the entire town has 2g/edge.
          All 3 other main phone companies have LTE here, with ATT switching to LTE just last month.

        • jjs81

          No clue. I’m just going by my friends and my experiences.

          When my friends first moved out there in 2006, they had TMO. Service was horrid so they went to VZW, but they weren’t much better. They now have ATT, but only had 3g until last year, and I don’t think they have LTE yet, but I may be wrong.

          I had Sprint the last couple times I was out there and had spotty 3g service, with no service in the foothills. I think Sprint has upgraded somewhat in the last year or so. My buddy told me a couple weeks ago that his co-workers have seen some solid improvements on VZW lately and he was thinking of giving them a try when his ATT contract is up.

        • Roger Sales

          I don’t know how Sprint deploys their network, but it seems that they’ve done so in a way that even small hills make for terrible service on their part. In North Jersey my friends phone drops to 1x where I live….which is about two miles off the Hudson river across from Manhattan. If you saw how small the incline of the hill is, you’d laugh.

        • jjs81

          Unfortunately, I’ve experienced Sprint in North Jersey a couple of times. It was pretty bad. Not as bad as TMO in most rural areas, but bad.

          My buddy works at Newark airport and tried Sprint last year to get away from VZW’s high prices and couldn’t get service in his office at all. He ended up going back to getting raped by VZW.

    • Roger Sales

      If it’s a T-Mobile site and not roaming, they intend to have LTE up by Middle of next year. I know that sounds a lot like Sprint’s past promises – but T-Mobile has been good with their word in the past when they’ve given it. I wouldn’t be surprised if Christmas comes early for you.

  • Luis

    LTE Started To Pop Up In Many Parts Of East Texas Like In Lufkin/Nacogdoches.

    • jeremyvbk

      Its very poor in Tyler almost every place outside loop 323 sucks coverage and speed wise. They have no incentive to expand even with plenty of good site location. East Texas is absolute garbage for Tmobile. Mostly edge and crappy 5×5 LTE that has abysmal coverage. If it says something Sprint wimax has better coverage on their 3 sites than Tmobile has on their 5-7 sites here.

      • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

        Not only E Texas, but anywhere outside major metropolitan areas or highways. Upgrading the towers from 2G to 4G is long overdue and it can’t happen fast enough.

        • jeremyvbk

          The problem is the will need more sites to call all 2g areas LTE. LTE is more fragile than EDGE. So they would have to use more towers as well as converting. And as I stated above here how Wimax has better coverage per site than the T-Mobile LTE. That is sad to say.

        • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

          Oh, give me 3G, which is almost as robust as 2G and whose performance is quite reasonable. Since TMO relies on data to go through 3G or 4G, it prioritizes voice in 2G reserves very little of it for data, when the performance is terrible.

        • jeremyvbk

          WCDMA everywhere Ive seen is just barely better than LTE coverage wise. When you have a city/ county of 100k+/200k+ and have 10 towers you are going to have issues. And the LTE here should be running at at least 10×10 but it is stuck on 5×5. They half added their way here and will take quite awhile before they can get sub’s here. Its bad is when I sell bright spot (target branded Tmobile) and have to get an address just to see if they will get any usuable data. Most of the time they go Boost/virgin mobile.

        • Roger Sales

          The thing about LTE is that when you have it, even if HSPA+ delivers faster speeds, the latency is much much better on LTE – which matters when you’re streaming and such.

  • princedannyb

    Verizon’s XLTE network is rolling out fast, T-Mobile better hurry up. Of course T-Mobile’s main priority is upgrading EDGE, but I also hope for a rapid expansion of Wide Band LTE. In areas where they have limited amounts of spectrum they could reduce hspa+ 42 to hspa+ 21 which would free up 5mhz for downlink and 5mhz for uplink.

    • Roger Sales

      XLTE is a marketing term, its just 30×30 LTE wherever Verizon has that spectrum. Once Verizon seeds the market with AWS capable LTE phones the speeds will drop down to their regular ballpark because they have a much higher user base to appease.

      • princedannyb

        Im pretty sure Verizon’s XLTE is just 20+20 not 30+30. But my concern is that it already covers 260 metro areas and will eventually cover 70% of the population. T-Mobile only plans to upgrade 6 markets this year to 20+20 (not counting the markets they are upgrading to 15+15) I would hate for Verizon to pass up T-Mobile in terms of speed.

        • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

          I thought that it was 15×15…

        • princedannyb

          I think it is only 15+15 in some markets, but I know its defanently not 30+30.

        • Roger Sales

          Read my post to prince danny for clarification.

        • Roger Sales

          To make it simpler, let me just say this. Verizon owns large chunks of 10×10 blocks all of pretty much every AWS block in conjuction with T-Mobile on some of them, I think AT&T owns the rest of it but its a pretty big chunk of spectrum nationwide. (90 mhz total). You’d have to look http://specmap.sequence-omega.net/ to get a good idea of how much they have on their own, but I’d say Verizon on average owns at least 30 mhz of AWS nationwide, combined with 20 mhz of SMH. I can confidently say they can deploy 25×25/30×30 in plenty of areas, perhaps even 40×40 in select cities.

        • princedannyb

          I am not arguing that they don’t have the spectrum you are talking about, I am saying they havent implimented all of it yet.

        • Roger Sales

          I am not trying to argue either, but at least in the case of NYC Metro I remember vividly that Verizon said they had purposed all 40 mhz of their AWS spectrum as part of their preparation for the game[Superbowl], which was the first time they had really talked about the expansion since they finished their initial rollout of SMH. They’ve made it clear that the SMH band has more traffic than they can handle, I don’t see why they wouldn’t put all use of their AWS holdings into LTE where they have deployed it at all.

        • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

          Thanks for the clarification. From the map, it seems that TMO could deploy 30+30 in PCS in many markets too without resorting to carrier aggregation, but by just using adjacent bands, which delivers better performance than carrier aggregation. I guess that legacy issues with 2G and 3G prevents TMO from deploying LTE as aggressively.

        • Roger Sales

          in the NYC metro area they bought 20 mhz of AWS, and they already had 20 from the original auction, so it’s 30×30 here because of their SMH holdings in the 700 band. Verizon has 20 mhz of AWS everywhere east of the Mississippi River from the original auction – wherever they purchased spectrum here last year in those areas has more than 20×20 – the goal was just to have slivers of spectrum in a higher band that could handle their data traffic period. That, and they will soon be repurposing parts of the PCS CDMA network for LTE as well as that network’s activity dies down.

        • princedannyb

          Just because they have that spectrum doesn’t mean they have put it to use or implemented it. On their website they advertise “double the 4g lte bandwith in cities coast to coast” not triple.

      • KingCobra

        It’s 15+15 and in some markets 20+20. Not 30+30 anywhere. XLTE is mainly about getting Verizon’s LTE speeds back to respectable levels because they have slowed down quite significantly since their initial rollout.

        • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

          I think that VZW may effectively achieve 30+30 with carrier aggregation, joining their ubiquitous 10+10 in USMH with their ubiquitous 20+20 in AWS. However, when the carriers are in disparate frequencies, the aggregate performance is less than if the carriers were in neighboring frequencies. Yet, I think that the resulting performance may be quite respectable. I just wonder how prevalent devices capable of inter-band carrier aggregation are, since it’s part of the Advanced LTE spec.

    • fsured

      I suspect they may already be doing the reduction of HSPA+42 by taking more allocated spectrum from that signal to boost LTE. I prefer the this network over LTE for stronger indoor signal and overall coverage reach. It’s also giving me a better battery life when in doors my LTE signal bounces from no bars to 1. But I’ve noticed in Austin that this network has dropped in speeds and LTE has increased.

      I just ran Sensorly extended speed tests and it reported 1.61mbps down and 1.33 up on HSPA+. That is actually faster than what I have been seeing. It was about 300-700kbs last time I ran a battery of tests last week. LTE was 15.94mbps down and 14.27 up just now. My phone is a Xperia Z which is capable of far faster speeds. Last summer when I got the phone it was pulling 13-17mpbs on HSPA+ and LTE was just horrible as it was just launching. I’ve only seen my phone hit her than 20 mbps 2 or 3 times on LTE.

      • princedannyb

        I definitely agree that the hspa+ network is more reliable than the LTE especially indoors. Hopefully that 4×2 mimo we have been hearing about will fix that.

      • TMOguy

        See my post above.. You have the right idea but the 42 Mbps isn’t going away, it just got moved to PCS spectrum instead of AWS to make more bandwidth for LTE. That’s how we get to 20 + 20 LTE deployment on AWS.

        • fsured

          I saw you post above and thanks for the reply. I still don’t understand how to test the area or find out what they are using (10 + 10, 20 + 20 etc). There is the FCC website which lists holdings but I’m not understanding how to tell what is actually deployed compared to what holdings a company has.

  • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

    I wish. In order for my city to get to what Columbus is getting now the typical speed here would have to quadruple. Not to mention 2G at home… TMO fits my needs and it’s a good value, but such spotty coverage is getting long on the tooth.

    • Roger Sales

      It seems as if voLTE is being looked at to replace voice coverage in areas with tight spectrum constraints, at least now that T-Mobile has made it public in Seattle it looks as if that was what they are looking forward to when the full network upgrade finishes in 2015. I just wish this merger nonsense would be figured out already – for a regular customer I don’t like the uncertainty of events.

      • Jay Holm

        Both approval and any possible network changes will take quite some time.

      • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

        Here’s what I get on LTE at a major commercial area: 6M down, 254k up. On HSPA+: 9M down, 2.3M up. I guess that when the signal strength is low (1~2 bars or -80dBm), HSPA+ is better than LTE.

        • Roger Sales

          LTE is great here, but when you travel you can tell(on any carrier) that it’s not ready to be the core part of the network yet. I went to New York the other day and while outdoors LTE coverage was fine, the lincoln tunnel can’t pick up the signal just yet(I maintained 3-5 bars of HSPA+). In store’s its more or less the same, most of the time you get LTE, and then sometimes you drop down if you go deep enough into the right(or wrong depending how you look at it) place.

  • christian

    i’m picking up LTE in Lubbock, Texas. and they are launching it with 4×2 MIMO

    • Roger Sales

      you mean 4×2. phones only have 2 receptors, they can only increase it on the towers end, hence 4×2.

    • Chriz

      What phone are you using? I’m in Lubbock, and T-Mobile said they don’t support LTE here, just 4G. I have a Nexus 5 and have done every trick in the book–they simply don’t have it yet.

      • christian

        i have a iphone 5s. i got a text message from T-Mobile yesterday in the morning about they are upgrading to LTE and expect possible service disruption for 3 weeks. my phone does not connect automatically but if i go to network scan i see 311-660. when i try too connect it said no service then when i went back to automatic i got LTE. i was around the 50th and Q area. i also posted speed test and other info on page 388 on Howard Forums official T-Mobile LTE thread

        • Chriz

          Saw “311-750″ in mine, wouldn’t connect, and then back on Automatic it stayed at 4G… Guess I gotta wait until the rollout. :(

        • christian

          Switch you’re phone to LTE only and drive around the city i am mapping it on sensorly now. the main area where i’m getting it is in ave. Q and 34th-50th street

  • princedannyb

    *their

    • princedannyb

      I just posted this in the wrong place. I meant to post it under one of my comments further down.

  • mark

    here in fort worth texas i start getting 65-98 mb download speed.

    • superg05

      thats good maybe will get some of it next year here in dallas

  • AxelCloris

    Jealous of all my OH neighbors up north. Down here in Cincinnati we don’t get LTE in Hamilton county thanks to former Cincinnati Bell, and since we have channel 51 operating in the 700 band we won’t be able to take advantage of Magenta’s newest spectrum purchase either. I can travel outside of Hamilton county and get LTE, but since I live and work just inside the 275 loop I’m limited to enjoying the super fast coverage only when traveling north a ways.

    • qierolte

      I feel your pain. Sigh…..

    • Roger Sales

      That limitation expires in like 2 years if I’m not mistaken. That and T-Mobile made a promise for mid 2015 for LTE everywhere, so you’re good to go soon enough.

    • Jarrodpd

      Hopefully the merger with Verizon will get denied, and Tmo can swoop in and pick up some needed spectrum.

      • AxelCloris

        I agree. I really want this to be denied and the spectrum sold to the company that could use it the most, T-Mobile. Verizon’s LTE in the area is strong so the 1700/2100 bands would only serve to strengthen their existing LTE coverage. If T-Mobile can get their hands on it then we could actually have LTE, otherwise it’ll be a while before we see it in Hamilton county.

        One thing to consider is that if the sale does go through, Verizon sold T-Mo their 700 MHz block so that could make them a bit more reluctant to give up the 1700/2100 bands since they are rolling out VoLTE and could utilize that space. Boy do I hope that sale is shot down.

  • Jay Holm

    If anyone in either New Haven or Fairfield Counties in Connecticut notices drastic speed improvements, please share! New Haven, Bridgeport, Stamford, anywhere in between. I know the MetroPCS network is being turned off in New England July 1, so perhaps in 5wks there will be a big jump in speeds.

  • sushimane

    That’s good to know going to LA September let’s see how fast I get over there.

  • monkeybutts

    Why does southern California get all the love :(

    • superg05

      spectrum?

      • TMOguy

        Population

    • DirkDigg1er

      Show the North some luv please.

  • SEBA

    I know cape may, nj and wildwood got LTE up and running

    • Roger Sales

      Did they not have decent HSPA+ coverage?

      • SEBA

        Not really, 4g here and there. Yesterday my father sent me screen shot from N. Cape May by the ferry with 37 down and 16 up. It looks that they just bump the speeds up too.

  • stefan

    Chill out Sprint slow down everything….

  • Austin

    I would be happy with 3G speeds…. #kill2G

    • TechHog

      SOON

  • Ryan M.

    The area between Willows and Corning, CA is devoid of even internet capable EDGE and GPRS. Yet it is T-Mobile and the area is the I-5 corridor. Willows and Corning has LTE but Orland, between the two cities, has utterly worthless network connectivity. LTE upgrade cannot come too quickly.

  • TMOguy

    What they did is they took the 2nd HSPA+ carrier on the AWS (which is what gave you +42 Mbps instead of +21 Mbps and moved it to the refarmed 1900 PCS spectrum so you now have 42 Mbps HSPA+ on PCS 1900, that freed up 10mhz on AWS which they used to deploy LTE 20+20.

    That’s how everyone got their speed boost, I am suspecting, That’s exactly
    what just happened in Seattle last week

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Exactly….

      • Myles Douglas

        Samething happened in Columbus. A lot more cells now have PCS HSPA instead of being AWS HSPA only. But I have yet to see any improved LTE speeds because it is still being implemented. That would also explain why is some markets PCS HSPA when in a dormant state go into UMTS (DC-HSPA does this) and single carrier HSPA+ is known to go into HSPA (On HSPA+ devices) when in dormancy.

    • Jay Holm

      I thought they got the extra spectrum from the MetroPCS merger?

  • Trêy Bēllø

    Would it make a difference if I upgrade my tmobile sims card for my HTC One M7 on AT&T

    • notyourbusiness

      Probably not. I thought it might as I also have the same phone and use it on occasion on T-Mobile. Remember, in spite of bands being slightly different in spots, the phone is still running on T-Mo.

  • yankeesusa

    How can I send a screenshot from a speedtest I did at Hollywood studios in Kissimmee Florida? I was able to get around 62mbps.

    • fsured

      OOOO I will be there next week. Would love to test out my phone and see it get over 30mbps for the first time.

      • yankeesusa

        Yea, it should be good. Only issue I had is inside some buildings you’ll go back to hspa. Other than that I used my phone data over WiFi since it was so much better for the Disney app

    • Tony Yayo

      I was in Florida a couple weeks ago, I believe it was around Lake Worth or Boynton Beach, but I hit almost 60 one night. Only got it in that one spot but that was double everywhere else I got near to there.

    • Dats

      Depends on the tow of phone you have

  • J.J.

    Just pulled down 50mbps in Fort Wayne, In up from about 25. Nice

  • David

    I posted about this months ago on the Cincy LTE post when I got 78 down in Columbus old news :-P.

    See date ;-)

    http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/773800005

  • notyourbusiness

    Wow! Those are incredible speeds. The best I’ve seen in the NYC area personally is 33Mbps down and 20Mbps up. I can’t recall which of my phones I got each with, though. I think down was my unlocked Nokia Lumia 920 last year and up might have been my HTC One a couple of weeks ago.

  • Brad C

    Sucks that i’m stuck with my HTC One S for a few weeks (killed iPhone in pool the other day)

    I’m in Columbus right now, and the HSPA is just acting garbage and this explains why.

    • Roger Sales

      should’ve gotten the 8$ insurance! I was pretty sure the iphone was going to be more fragile than my galaxy note and I bet right.

    • AxelCloris

      Hopefully you got a good deal on the One S or it’s one you already had. Otherwise I’d have gone with the Moto G for a temporary replacement. I’m an iPhone user as well but the Moto G is a great little phone. I used it for a couple months before going back to iOS.

  • Omar Boyer

    This has been in los Angeles for a while now all this month I been getting up to 60dwn 15 up I even have screenshot s to prove it. So not complaining here LOL

  • cooldayr

    The Stamford-Norwalk area in Connecticut just got a speed bump, its now 51-63 Mbps.

  • Leon

    Am i the only one getting 2 mbps with 1 to 2 bars at home? i always get shit speeds… maybe one lucky day i go out and find myself browsing the internet with 20mbps speeds.. at home i only get 2mbps and that is if it doesnt drop me from lte to 4g which is ALWAYS the case and not to mention 4g is ass.

    • Chad Dalton

      i barely get 1mbps at home…speeds have been fluctuating lately…i have bounced into the 3mbps range once at home…mostly its under 1.20 mbps down and 1.10 mbps up..so you’re not alone. I’m in NC

  • EmeryE100

    I just got 30.50 Mbps down, here in Columbus, OH. This is about double what it used to be.

  • bill

    I got 29 mbsps down in Cincinnati for about 6 hours.

  • Bori

    No lte in Cincinnati proper, however. HSPA+ speeds have virtually doubled. 21 mbs down, across the river in Covington.

  • Jesus A. Estrada Díaz

    Yes I see the boost in speed from 5 megas to 40