T-Mobile LTE going live in downtown Cincinnati

Not long ago we heard of plans T-Mobile had to activate its long-awaited LTE network in downtown Cincinnati. We’d initially been told that we should expect it sometime between the middle and end of October, but it seems Magenta’s network magicians have got it live far sooner than planned. We’ve received a number of sightings in various parts of downtown Cincinatti, and the west side of the city, over the past few hours.

As you’d expect from a new network, speeds haven’t exactly been consistent. We’ve seen results between 2-20Mbps. But at least it’s here.

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The highest we’ve seen was done in downtown Cincinnati and achieved 19Mbps download speed.

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And it would appear T-Mobile is using band 2 LTE (1900MHz) for the Cincinnati network, as revealed in the following screenshot.

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EDIT: Another app/screenshot reveals that it’s actually band 4 (1700/2100):

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As the days and weeks go by, we should see more sightings in the city and – more importantly – more consistency in performance. We can’t expect anything approaching wideband LTE speeds right now, but let’s hope the speeds settle down between 15-20Mbps.

If you’re in the area and you notice it, let us know. Or just jump up and down and get excited. It’s been a long time coming. Of course, jump on the Sensorly app and start mapping the network so we can all see where the network is going live.

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  • Stone Cold

    Nice to see

  • JB45

    Hey Cam its Band 2 that’s being deployed right now in most of Cincinnati, the further North you head toward out of the city you are going to see AWS LTE. The Cincinnati metro area in Ohio is 3 counties, Hamilton, Butler and Warren. Butler county which is north of downtown has AWS LTE live since June/July. Hamilton County which downtown is located is deploying PCS LTE (Band 2). My guess is that second screenshot was someone closer to the Hamilton/Butler County Line that is picking up Band 4 LTE. Hamilton County does not have enough AWS Spectrum to run LTE and HSPA at the same time.

  • Mathew Colburn

    I’ll get to test it out this weekend. I’m traveling for the Reds game this weekend so I’ll report on how it works out.

    • whatwhat

      Funny how they waited until after Oktoberfest, UC game and Bengals game to slow launch it. Speeds (if any) were pretty miserable down there this past weekend.

      • Mathew Colburn

        Yeah, the last time I was in Cinci was probably 2 years ago and I was still on Verizon so I didn’t have many issues at all. They probably did it so there wasn’t too much traffic on the towers and they could test with a minimal load what was and wasn’t working.

  • Jeremy

    I’m seeing 4G LTE in western, northwestern, north, and northeastern Hamilton County today, whereas even a week ago it was still HSPA+ except near Forest Park and Springdale (northern suburbs), the closer you got to Butler County.

    • JB45

      is it Band 4 or Band 2

      • Bori

        LTE Discovery App is giving the incorrect information. Mine also shows B4 but when I got into the LTE Engineering Screen it shows B2. I am within the Metro area, places further north outside and around the 275 loop are B4

        • JB45

          I wonder will they add Band II LTE to Butler County….that and I wonder how the handoffs will be driving down 75 leaving Band 4 and changing to Band 2.

        • Bori

          That’s something I’d need to check out, I would assume there would be no problems in the hand off, cause indeed it would cause problems going from downtown to Forest Park or Hamilton.

        • JB45

          Let me know…since I am still not able to pick up LTE (Band 2) because the Note II doesn’t support that Band.

        • Bori

          Absolutely

        • JB45

          By time I get the Note 4. You all will have the entire map purple

        • Jeremy

          Does the Galaxy S4 support both Band 2 and Band 4?

        • JB45

          Not sure…I wouldn’t see why not.

        • Bori

          I believe it does. I know the LG G2 definitely does support it.

        • JB45

          Most phones that came out after the Note II should have it. The only other phone I could see not having it is the Galaxy S 3 LTE version.

      • Andrew

        Definitely Band 2. The LTE engineering screen on my Nexus 5 shows Band 2 (Blue Ash area)

      • Jeremy

        LTE Discovery is showing N/A on the upload and download frequencies. I’m not seeing a band either. Speedtest shows 46 ms latency, 12.21 Mbps down, 3.36 Mbps up.

  • Alex C.

    I saw it in Amberley Village (Cincinnati Suburb) this morning. I got about 3Mbps down and 0.5Mbps up. Far slower than I received with HSPA+.

    • whatwhat

      It’s the first day……………………

  • Adam

    My iPhone has switching between EDGE, 4G & LTE all day. I am in Hyde Park.

  • TyMo

    I noticed it in northern Kentucky. Up to 14 down/8 up in the Fort Thomas area

  • JB45

    http://www.howardforums. com/showthread.php/1814956-LTE-in-Cincinnati/page17

    Another Cincinnati LTE discussion site. Remember to take out the space before “com”

  • jhax01

    Hopefully this is it and it’s not just more testing. I was getting LTE for about half a day, 3 or so weeks ago in Northern KY…

  • Spasillium

    I thought T-Mobile won’t count speed tests against our data usage anymore? My stats go up every time I use the Sensorly app but not with the SpeedTest app.

    • Bori

      Its only on the Speedtest App that you won’t get docked for data.

  • AxelCloris

    I noticed this development both outside my home and at the office today. I’m getting around 11.5 down and 7.75 up in North Blue Ash. Today is a good day.

    • MagicMiguel

      By Smashburger in Blue Ash, I got 30 down and 15 up this morning around 7:45AM.

      • AxelCloris

        My office is on Reed Hartman not far from Smashburger. I’m sure the building is reducing the speed some but I’m still happy with 11-12. It’s faster than the wifi my employer provides.

        • MagicMiguel

          Nice! My office is a block south of the old airport (new park) and I’m still getting HSPA here. Lost LTE at Pfeiffer. Hoping they are still “filling in” holes ;)

        • Alex C.

          The area south of the old air port has always been a pretty bad area for signal in Blue Ash.

        • MagicMiguel

          This is true, however have solid HSPA (full bars) here and co-workers on VZW and ATT have 1-2 bars max.

        • AxelCloris

          I noticed both Northgate and Blue Ash today for the first time. So if they flipped the switch overnight and the Sensorly maps are accurate then we should see them grow quickly in Hamilton county. I want to see them expand coverage between the Kenwood fire house and Tri-Health so I have service when I visit family. I don’t typically get south of Pfeiffer/Glendale-Milford unless I’m heading towards Deer Park.

      • Andrew

        I’m at Glendale-Milford and Reed Hartman (HQ building on the corner) and the tower on the building (either HQ or the one next door) is still HSPA+, but the one behind the McDonald’s on Cornell seems to be pumping out LTE. I had nearly full LTE at lunch (Subway on Cornell) and am getting two bars of LTE on the sixth floor of HQ.

  • Nick

    Lol it seems like almost everyone commenting on thia is from the Cincinnati area

  • Search4Truth37

    Cincinnati Westside and Kenwood

  • John Brown

    Meanwhile in Clermont County (26 miles from Downtown) we’re still on EDGE and getting very frustrated. They brought HSPA as close to me as 2 miles but basically forgot about Owensville. Come on! We’re getting very impatient

    • daLTE

      I got LTE today at home – 2 miles southeast of Eastgate! Hurray!

    • JB45

      Good news to tmobile did acquire 700 spectrum looks like in Clermont County

    • Chris Hilbert

      Waiting for Hillsboro

  • jeremyvbk

    Seems like the “fastest network”….

    • TMOTECH

      Initial network deployment is 5+5 MHZ and it is probably 2×2 mimo so if the signal isn’t perfect slower speeds happen. Wait until they open it up. I got 57 down and 22 up today on 15+15 MHZ

      • Jeremy

        Isn’t 57 down more like a “2nd gen LTE” or “LTE Advanced” level of speed?

  • Jeremy

    Does anybody in Cincinnati or otherwise have experience using a OnePlus One phone on T-Mobile, particularly with LTE? Any experience on how well they work together?

  • Note 3 in Cincy

    That’s my screenshot. :)

    • Nick

      Haha I love that feeling when you see your own screenshot on the headline.

  • Marvin Arnold

    How about working some magic in Jacksonville NC?

    • Jaramie Black

      i’m in Wilmington, NC. I agree that Jville is bad.

    • Nick

      I’ve gone there on vacations before and I strongly agree that they need to fix the 2g situation going on there.

  • Speed Test

    Hey Cam, Speed Tests, when you are throttled, are no longer white listed. I am throttled now and when I do a Speed Test, I get 0.02 mbps up and 0.05 mbps down. Did T-Mobile finally take Speed Tests off the white list from throttling?

    • michael

      what speedtest app are you using?

      • Speed Test

        Ookla Speedtest app

        • Nick

          That’s weird I wasn’t throttled the other day before my plan restarted and I was over.

  • Dominique Wilson

    Question: I’ve got a Galaxy Tab 3 and an HTC One M8. Tab 3 has been getting LTE today but my M8 never got it. I tried restarting it and still no LTE. They are literally side-by-side. Thoughts?

    • nastynate

      did you go into your settings and make sure it is on LTE mode

      • Dominique Wilson

        Yes I sure did. cycled it off over to WCDMA only and then back to LTE auto switch. I guess it technically is not supposed to be fully operational until November but it’s still a little concerning.

        • MagicMiguel

          This happened with my wife’s phone. Had to go to Settings > More > Mobile networks > Network operators (then wait a few minutes for it to find them) then chose T-Mobile. Switched to LTE immediately.

        • Nick

          another option is to download this app called 4g switcher or something like that. you can switch to LTE only then back to auto and it should stick.

        • Bigjavar101

          *#*#4636#*#* in dialer > Phone information – then scroll down to the drop down menu… change it from GSM/WCDMA/LTE to LTE only, but for whatever reason you have to select “Turn off radio” then turn it back on.. then it will start searching for the LTE network. Remember to put it back the GSM/WCDMA/LTE auto mode because you won’t have any thing besides data and texting unless you have VOLTE in your area.

          This works on most android phones. Tested on my Galaxy s3, a friends S4 and my HTC One M8

  • Roberto Jaimes

    What did they before?

  • Blue

    We’ve been waiting for a long time for T-MOBILE to get LTE in Cincinnati and finally got it the reception and speeds are better especially in the rural areas where you would only get EDGE speeds. Thanks T-Mobile for buying the spectrum from Verizon so that your Cincinnati customers can get 4G LTE speeds on their phones.

  • nastynate

    been seeing LTE pop up in burlington kentucky the last couple days come s and goes just as quickly

  • Ol Grey Beard

    Sitting at the McD drive thru at I-75 and Buttermilk in Northern Ky. LTE shows on my HTC One. 18+ DL 9+ Up

    • Ol Grey Beard

      By the way it was Band 4

      • nastynate

        i was there last night had about the same speeds

  • maximus1901

    It can’t be band 4 cause TMO only has 10mjz of b4 in cincinatti.
    That’d mean older phones without pcs Hspa wouldn’t have any 3G.

  • hack400

    Just went live 15 minutes ago on Rapid Run just off Glenway (west side). Band 2. Bit slower than HSPA+, sure that will change soon. Way to go T-Mo…

    • Nick

      make sure to do your sensorly :)

      • hack400

        I did about 15 minutes drive around my area and it’s already showing up on the map :) Will do more soon…

  • The sensorly map is really starting to look good. We need some folks to take a ride up Hamilton Avenue and Winton Rd:)

  • John Brown

    If/when we get LTE in Batavia and Owensville, will we also get HSPA? I’m happy about the latest LTE developments, but I can’t afford to buy an LTE phone just to get off EDGE. BTW I’m currently using an Alcatel onetouch evolve

  • Rey Charger

    LTE has gone live in the Fort Hood, Killeen area.

    • walkermx

      Went to sensorly.com and it is starting to show up on waco specially I35 and highway 6.

      As well in Temple Killeen Ft Hood

  • Chris

    Live in Waco TX this morning

    • Chris

      And now it’s gone

      • nastynate

        it is testing should be live with in a couple weeks. same thing is going on in parts of northern kentucky

        • chris

          cool, thanks!

  • rusky

    Why is the lte so slow in Cincinnati?

    • whatwhat

      It’s the first couple of days. It happens to every new rollout.

      • rusky

        Thanks buddy

  • Rey Charger

    Cam where do I send you screen shots? LTE just went live in my area.

  • nastynate

    Anyone know why the note 2 is not picking up the LTE signal he in the Cincinnati area? I have the note 3 and get it fine but my wife has the note 2 and nothing

    • Bori

      LTE in Cincinnati is being broadcast on Band 2 which is 1900 mhz. The Note 2 does not support this band, however, the Note 3, does. That is why your wife is not able to connect, but you can.

      • nastynate

        That’s what I figured thank you… and yes I’m in Florence Kentucky full LTE signal

        • Bori

          How’s the signal and speeds in the Florence area where you are located? I work by Beckfield and it’s quite weak, not sure if it’s device related, I guess I’ll know once I get my iPhone. But thought I’d ask.

        • nastynate

          I’m by the tmobile store on mall road hitting speeds from 4mbps- 27mbps download, 3mbps- 10mbps upload. Not very consistent

        • nastynate

          The closer you get to the mall the faster it gets

        • nastynate

          I live in Burlington and they are still testing the towers barely a lte signal for a minute at a time

        • Steven A.

          Anyone in Florence getting LTE with HTC M8?

        • Bori

          Yeah I’m in the low 2’s every now and then I’ll get a 3. But Lte is only 2 days old, so it’ll be interesting to see it evolve.

  • Alhadee

    iPhone 6 Plus in North College Hill picking up LTE. Not big numbers, but it’s here.

  • nastynate

    Hitting averages of 21 down and 7-9 up in Burlington Kentucky route 237 and route 18 . Been live about an hour

  • rootz

    My h+ is a lot faster than lte I’m confused. Do anybody know why?

    • Bori

      In my case its the same HSPA+ and Lte are running at the same speeds here in Covington, barely 2 up and less than one down. Hopefully it will get better. Only place ive gotten decent speeds has been in the heart of downtown Cinci.

    • nastynate

      it has just went live give it some time.

      • rootz

        Ok thanks

  • rootz

    Do Cincinnati have 700 mhz