LTE going live in Taft, CA and wideband LTE spotted in Winder, GA & West Valley City, Utah

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Caught on the job, in Taft, CA

Our inbox has yet again been filled with first-time LTE sightings, wideband LTE and VoLTE spots. Neville Ray’s network team is still pushing hard to get this network as strong and quick as possible. It would make sense, given the latest phase of Uncarrier, to get the network to a competitive level. After all, there’s no point offering a 7-day test drive of your network if it’s useless.

One reader got in touch from Taft, California where he just started noticing 4G LTE show up in his phone’s status bar. Signal wasn’t strong, reliable or fast, but he did notice some work being done on the mast/tower nearby (pic above). As you can see from the screenshot below, speeds were very slow compared to most LTE networks, but that’s normally when the technology is still being implemented and tested.

LTE Taft, CA

Wideband LTE is seemingly going live in a huge number of areas right now. That’s 15+15 or 20+20 LTE, and we’ve seen speeds range anywhere from 55Mbps up to almost 100Mbps. More recently, we’ve been sent some very impressive speed test results from a handful of locations.

Winder, Georgia
Winder, GA - LTE

Portland, Oregon
Portland Oregon, Wideband

West Valley City, Utah
West Valley City, Utah - Wideband

Undoubtedly the most impressive of those three is the final speed test done in West Valley City, Utah. It’s not often we see speeds over 100Mbps, but we know it’s theoretically possible.

Of course, most of this is just T-Mobile continuing to make its network “Data Strong”. Building a network that can handle customers doing virtually everything over a high-speed wireless network. Including calls. Which brings us nicely on to VoLTE. A service which has been spotted recently in Portland, Oregon and Phoenix, Arizona according to our readers there.

Don’t forget, if you notice LTE going live in a new location, send me an email to cam@tmonews.com. Include speed test screenshots from your phone, map it using the Sensorly app and send us screenshots of that too.

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  • Adrayven

    Nice

  • bkin94

    I haven’t personally been in the area to verify it, but according to sensorly, chillicothe Ohio now has LTE

  • S. Ali

    These are just areas with existing HSPA+. Has there been any news of LTE “expansion” not “overlay”?

  • ttabbal

    Utah seems to be getting VOIP as well.. oh.. VoLTE (seriously, that’s all it is… lol). I hold a constant VoLTE link in Sandy, Draper, Riverton, and Herriman. Haven’t gone further in the last few days since it went live. Good news with West Valley seeing wideband. I haven’t seen that myself yet. Just about everywhere I go is 10+10, which is still very good.

    • donnybee

      This is extremely exciting for me! The best part is that nearly every company considers the Ogden-SLC region one market. Living right in the middle, and visiting both Ogden and SLC regularly has always put me in a great position to take advantage! Down south up to Spanish Fork isn’t long to catch up either. Really excited to start seeing the numbers!

      I really hope everyone else can start seeing LTE soon. T-Mobile really does have the best speeds, and I can’t wait to hear of more rural areas across the country get upgraded!

    • Delusion_FTL

      I am a little skeptical about WVC, it should still be 10×10, but they have moved DC HSPA+ to band 2 (1900) so that does give them more room in AWS for LTE however.

      Also that speed shown in the screenshot would only be valid on an nearly fully unused 20×20 link, and I don’t know of any towers with that few users to pull that kind of number. I would need to see some engineering screens before I could say WVC is wideband.

    • Delusion_FTL

      I am a little skeptical about WVC, it should still be 10×10, but they have moved DC HSPA+ to band 2 (1900) so that does give them more room in AWS for LTE however.

      Also that speed shown in the screenshot would only be valid on an nearly fully unused 20×20 link, and I don’t know of any towers with that few users to pull that kind of number. I would need to see some engineering screens before I could say WVC is wideband.

  • Cam Fas

    We want some wide band in Las Vegas

  • enoch861

    Wow, 126Mbps? That’s insanely impressive to say the least!

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Not sure how many of you know where Taft CA is but let you that there is not much is Taft CA but oil rigs in the middle of no where off Interstate 5. If they are putting LTE there then most other folks should be in luck as well.

    This is from Wikipedia:
    Taft (formerly Moron, Moro, and Siding Number Two)[3] is a city in the foothills at the extreme southwestern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, in Kern County, California. Taft is located 30 miles (48 km) west-southwest of Bakersfield,[3] at an elevation of 955 feet (291 m).[2] The population was 9,327 at the 2010 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.1 square miles (39.1 km2).

    • mantus

      Unless they are just increasing speeds and coverage to try and get the 3 big oil companies out there to switch to T-Mobile for their business needs. That would be a pretty big contract.

  • mingy509

    Leavenworth, WA just lit up with LTE as well. Very welcomed since we are population 2,000 with over a million visitors a year for the our best faux German Village in the US. Seeing about 17 down and 5 up, with 3 bars of signal on iphone 5.

    • JoeMA

      How about Stevens Pass? Edge sux everytime I snowboard there.

      • mingy509

        Not sure on Stevens. Will know in a couple weeks. I’m sure it will be spotty for awhile unfortunately

        • JoeMA

          So was Levenworth on EDGE or HSPA prior to your LTE sighting?

        • mingy509

          Initially it was edge. It’s been on 4g for the last year or so and now the jump to lte

  • SIMS

    Loving it here in UT!!

  • Robert G

    I messaged u guys through Facebook a speed test in Tampa of around 60MBPS

  • donnybee

    Getting some Utah love! Glad to be with T-Mo!!

  • Stefan Naumowicz

    Anybody know how to find out the bandwidth of your connection on a galaxy s5?

    • Luis

      *#0011#: ServiceMode. This will tell you what band is your phone in.

  • Scottfun24

    Thanks Cam for posting my Speed Test from Winder,Ga, Nice to go from hspa+ to lte

    • Toasted_Cracker

      I’m from Winder GA but currently live in Greer SC. Its good to see some improvements in that area. I may need to take a trip to see my grandparents this weekend and test it out!

      • Scottfun24

        Yeah, LTE from in town to the golf course

    • Toasted_Cracker

      I’m from Winder GA but currently live in Greer SC. Its good to see some improvements in that area. I may need to take a trip to see my grandparents this weekend and test it out!

  • El.

    Do you know if Rural towns in New Mexico are getting something this year.??

    • enkay1

      Honestly, probably some time this year. New Mexico seems to be favored by T-Mobile half the state is at least 3G in areas T-Mobile would never usually cover. T-Mobile has a big customer support team there. NM is also a state where many suspect T-Mobile tests new equipment and wireless technologies. If something goes wrong in testing, very few customers are affected because of how rural it is.

      • El.

        Being almost August, I could only hope so..
        Thanks..!

  • Raiterio Patterson

    126 Mbps is amazing! How do I check if I’m running 10+10 or 20+20 on my Nexus 5?

    • J-Hop2o6

      Not sure if there’s an app for Android to check that (I know iPhones and Samsung+TouchWiz devices can check that in the service menu), but if you get 50mbps+ download (especially in top markets), you should have atleast 15+15.

      • Fabian Cortez

        Not sure if there’s an app for Android to check that (I know iPhones and Samsung+TouchWiz devices can check that in the service menu), but if you get 50mbps+ download (especially in top markets), you should have atleast 15+15.

        Umm, 10×10 MHz is good for 72 Mbps so that would be a no.

        A UARFCN of “2300″ on Band IV is an indication of 20×20 MHz on T-Mobile.

        • TMOTECH

          Wow that is a pretty uninformed statement.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Oh because getting 50 Mbps+ download speeds and attributing that to 15×15 MHz isn’t.

        • J-Hop2o6

          72mbps on 10×10 is the “theoretical” max, and you will never reach that, especially in top markets, which I included in my post. So getting 50+mbps on a speed test means you should have atleast 15+15 in your market.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Actually you can come pretty close to that.

          That’s one of the differences between UMTS and LTE. LTE already takes overhead into account.

    • Aaron Davis

      On the nexus 5 specifically, there is no way to know if it’s 10×10 or whatever. The ONLY way to know is based on the speed. Even the apps that are supposed to show it, don’t show it on the nexus 5.

      Some other phones, like samsung, will tell you outright if it’s 15×15 in one of the hidden settings screens.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    126 Mbps is amazing! How do I check if I’m running 10+10 or 20+20 on my Nexus 5?

  • Miguel Sanchez

    Is forney, tx going to get Volte? (75126)

  • Kornmatrix

    honestly all this talk about LTE but right about now i would take HSPA because currently i have access to EDGE that doesn’t have a data connection and hasn’t had a data connection for 6 months in Montrose, MN. called tmobile 4 times and no improvement. hope is that someone touches that tower soon for upgrades or I’m leaving

  • T. Gibbs

    I’ll be happy to even get 3G here in Blairsville, GA, EDGE here really really suck bad and only getting worse. Help T-Mobile! The rural areas are screaming for you.

  • T. Gibbs

    I’ll be happy to even get 3G here in Blairsville, GA, EDGE here really really suck bad and only getting worse. Help T-Mobile! The rural areas are screaming for you.

  • Ed

    Same here in Cleveland Ga 30528 all we have is Edge I hope they get the 700 mhz ready , Cornelia Ga is also Edge Dahlonega Ga Edge ,Helen Ga Edge

  • Ed

    Same here in Cleveland Ga 30528 all we have is Edge I hope they get the 700 mhz ready , Cornelia Ga is also Edge Dahlonega Ga Edge ,Helen Ga Edge

  • http://twitter.com/tabascotx Mike Roberson

    Hell, I’d be happy with 3G or HSPA..lol..We don’t have jack down here in the South Texas Oil Boom areas.. And whats sad is everyone else went at breakneck speed to upgrade their towers to get LTE down here, even Sprint. Guess the only way we will see a speed increase is if Sprint buys them.. ha ha ha

    • eanfoso

      Where in Texas do you live? I live in Southeast and I’ve noticed a larger area being covered with hspa+

      • http://twitter.com/tabascotx Mike Roberson

        Wilson County, Just SE of San Antonio. Basically US HWy 181 all the way down to the Coast is all edge. Right where all the EagleFord Oil Shale work is going on. Wilson, Karnes, Guadalupe and Atascosa Counties have crap coverage from T-Mobile. Sadly that’s where all the growth is happening in Texas.

        • eanfoso

          I live in beaumont and well we also have a lot of oil infrastructure, supposedly we’re also the fastest growing area, but that aside, get a signal booster t-mobile has them for free, provided you are a postpaid customer, or get a sleek 4G from amazon

  • Ryan M.

    Comforting.

  • ChrisKringle

    Still waiting on VoLTE in the New Orleans market or possibly 10×10. We’re only on the 5×5 mhz. Shrugs