T-Mobile LTE network gets wideband boost in Boston

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With six weeks left to hit its target of 25 metro areas covered, T-Mobile has launched wideband LTE in its latest location: Boston. The company announced this morning that its fatter data pipes are officially open for business in Massachusetts’ biggest city. And, according to real-life speed tests done by real customers, T-Mobile has the fastest network there too, with average download speeds of 24.1Mbps.

In addition to Boston, customers in surrounding areas – including Springfield, Worcester as well as Providence and Warwick, RI – are all experiencing super-fast download speeds, making access to their favorite content seem almost instantaneous. Already in November, T-Mobile customers in the greater Boston area have observed download speeds as high as 94 Mbps.

This announcement comes shortly after the carrier announced that its wideband airwaves have gone live in Connecticut, the Greater Bay Area and the Greater Philadelphia area. This takes the company’s total number of markets with wideband LTE up to 22. Along with Boston, the following metro areas officially have the faster network technology up and running:

● Atlanta, GA
● Detroit, MI
● Mobile, AL
● Greater Bay Area, CA
● Honolulu, HI
● Orlando, FL
● Birmingham, AL
● Houston, TX
● Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
● Boise, ID
● Jacksonville, FL
● Portland, OR
● Columbus, OH
● Las Vegas, NV
● Seattle, WA
● Connecticut
● Los Angeles, CA
● Tampa, FL
● Dallas, TX
● Minneapolis, MN
● Upstate New York Area

As always, we’ll keep you guys up to date if and when we hear any more on wideband expansion. We’re still waiting for official word on the network going live in New York City, which will undoubtedly be the company’s biggest area.

Source: T-Mobile

 

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  • Jay Holm

    I thought Wideband LTE speeds would be much, much faster than 20-30mbps. What happened to 50-70+++mbps???

    • Terry

      Thst was before wideband.

      • Terry

        *That

    • Cole Toler

      Keep in mind that these are average speeds across the entire city. Many get much higher and some may get lower than that. There are many factors such as customer density and amount of obstacles in an area for the signal to travel through. For example I often get between 50 – 75mbps but have had times where that’s dipped down to 7 while in a dense building.

      • Bori

        And 7 is still reasonable.

    • besweeet

      You’d think, but I think they’re limiting backhaul/speeds for the sake of optimizing things for load.

    • fentonr

      Its not real common but in Minneapolis I’ve seen 100+ a couple of times. 60-70 were more common a few months ago.

  • sushimane

    which band does wideband lte use or does it just use the 1700/2100?

    • Cole Toler

      Theoretically it could be any band but T-Mobile is deploying all of this on 1700/2100 (AWS). I believe that wideband is just a buzz word for 15mhz wide LTE.

      • sushimane

        Nothing wrong with that 15mhz is a lot. Upstate south Carolina we got 10mhz and I maxed out at 30mbps.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          I max out at about 30mbps down on 5x5mhz aws

        • Bori

          Rub it n Jay! :-( lol. Will have to test this when I go back to visit the family.

      • Fabian Cortez

        At least 15×15 MHz and up to the maximum of 20×20 MHz, prior to carrier aggregation on the downlink.

        They can achieve this due to the fact that they and both Verizon have contiguous spectrum within the band.

  • Antonio Hill

    When will get wideband lte in Chicago

  • Bori

    Congrats to “Bwoston” !! ☺

  • Bori

    I am definitely living in the wrong city lol.

    • Fabian Cortez

      *sterotype alert*

      Shouldn’t you be in the north east or central Florida?

      • Bori

        OUCH!!!! lol.. Naw, I love cold weather, but Cincinnati just aint cutting it when it comes to Wireless service.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Lol sorry, it was the “Bori” part that got me.

        • Bori

          And what does Bori mean to you? Boricua? LOL

        • RiskyBidThis

          Things should get a bit better for you guys soon. T-Mobile snatched up Cincinnati Bell’s AWS (F block) and PCS (E block) spectrum.

          The AWS only covers 5 counties (Champagne, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble) so it’s helping Dayton rather than Cincinnati but the PCS is contiguous with T-Mobile’s existing spectrum in Cincinatti.

        • Bori

          Yeah, they were able to at least squeeze 10MhZ out of the PCS, hoping they can squeeze a little more. What will help us here in Cincinnati per say, will be the PCS they are getting from Grain, sometimes in April or March, and the 700mhz once Ch51 is moved and they are given the go ahead to deploy. In the mean time, I’ve had to put my phone on HSPA+ due to the bad performance of LTE. I am hanging in there though. Hopefully since it recently went live, they are still upgrading sites and things will get better.

  • dkbnyc

    My speeds are slow this morning – Lower Manhattan. Must be the prelude to something good!

  • bluemoon737

    As a side note, I “think” 700MHz may now be live in New Hampshire (Portsmouth area). I have a Z3 and I used to only get 2G in areas around my house, which is several miles outside of Portsmouth and outside of the AWS LTE in that area, and now I get full bars 4G LTE. The reason I think it might be 700MHz is because my wife has the Z1s and she still only shows 2G. If I knew how to get to the appropriate menus in the Z3 I would look and provide a screen shot.

    • Delusion_FTL

      Probably LTE on band 2 (1900mhz PCS) The Z1 does not support that band and that is the band that T-mobile is using to upgrade all old EDGE sites to LTE.

      I doubt it is band 12 (700mhz)

      • RiskyBidThis

        Agreed. The Z3 doesn’t have band 12 enabled yet so that pretty well eliminates it as a possibility.

      • bluemoon737

        Ahhh, good point. Will have to check with my daughter to see if she is seeing LTE (S5). So how does this work…when TMO deploys LTE on PCS does the EDGE network still remain active? If so, how? Just curious…

        • RiskyBidThis

          EDGE requires very little spectrum to function.

          HSPA and LTE are not ubiquitous yet, plus a ton of M2M customers are utilizing EDGE they probably won’t be turning it off for several years.

        • Mike Palomba

          They plan to have all edge shut down by mid 2015

        • Delusion_FTL

          They aren’t shutting down EDGE, they plan to cover the same footprint with LTE alongside EDGE.

        • fentonr

          Exactly. I’d expect they make too much off of roaming agreements to shut it off.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          Have you heard anything about NC getting LTE on band 2 PCS? At work I get LTE but at my house which is 6 minutes away I get EDGE or 3-4 bars indicating nothing. Luckily i have wifi

        • Delusion_FTL

          Yes, North Carolina is in the middle of a massive amount of EDGE to LTE upgrades. Much has been done already. At the rate they are going you may see LTE before Christmas. Certainly you will see it before next summer.

          Just make sure you have a band 2 LTE compatible device so when it shows up you will see it.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          Is the iPhone 5 (A128) compatible for running LTE on band 2?

        • Delusion_FTL
        • Jay J. Blanco

          NC is getting a lot of upgrades. Also well as SC.

        • Mike Palomba

          Are you sure. Leger said they’re converting all EDGE to LTE or HSPA not covering the same area

        • Delusion_FTL

          They are converting all the old EDGE ground equipment to LTE equipment… that will also run EDGE simultaneously.

          Think of it like replacing all your wireless G equipment with wireless AC equipment. Your equipment still supports G while simultaneously supporting AC.

        • taxandspend

          I believe they are upgrading rural edge only areas to have both edge and LTE on the same frequencies. They’re reducing the chunk for edge to almost nil and using the remainder for lte. Eliminating edge would mean that many existing customers would suddenly have no service. In addition, since most of their phones don’t support VoLTE yet, that would mean all these phones, such as the iPhone 5, the HTC One M7 and M8 etc. wouldn’t be able to make phone calls.

        • Delusion_FTL

          Yes EDGE will remain active for many years, they are just using some of their extra PCS spectrum for LTE

        • bluemoon737

          I thought part of the revised plan had them using the PCS spectrum for both LTE and HSPA+ (original plan was to convert it to HSPA+ only)? When I get home I will use the *#0011# to see what it says…

        • TMOGUY

          Putting HSPA+ on PCS is the plan for areas. that already have LTE on the AWS. That was actually done last year, old news..
          If the area is 2G only (i.e. no AWS) then it gets LTE on the PCS. No HSPA+. No AWS. This is the difference between urban and rural.

        • Delusion_FTL

          The plan right now is as follows:
          Areas already with HSPA will get new tower antennas and ground equipment. AWS will run LTE and HSPA. PCS will run EDGE and HSPA.
          Areas with only EDGE will get new ground equipment. The old PCS compatible antennas on the towers will stay. The ground eqipment will be running PCS LTE and PCS EDGE.

          Obviously this is not a 100% rule. There may be some cases that are EDGE only where they do the full replacement instead of just the ground equipment, but this is the general plan.

          *#0011# works for Samsung devices. I am not aware of a way to see engineering screens on a Sony.

        • bluemoon737

          Confirmed that it is PCS (daughter’s S5 shows LTE). The *#0011# does not work on the Z3. I can get at the Z3 service menumenu via another code but see no place to ascertain actual band in use so I’m not sure if there is another Sony access code that would show that info.

      • nycplayboy78

        Delusion you are on it as usual…So smart :)

    • Jay J. Blanco

      *#0011# will let you know what band your on

      • TMOGUY

        I believe that only works on Samsung Galaxy devices…

  • draws

    Still once again no Chicago love

  • tmobile

    Still no Omaha?

    • RiskyBidThis

      New York City and South Florida are where most of the reports about new wideband are coming from currently.

      Nebraska doesn’t have enough spectrum to launch wideband.

      • Oliver Jackson

        Still haven’t seen it here in Miami… Yet. I’ve heard in Bocas Raton and Web but that’s it. ny already got it

        • cid

          it in ft laudale and pines

        • Oliver Jackson

          Oh really, then I should be seeing it soon.

  • vinnyjr

    was having data issues over the past few days and I woke up this am with some mind blowing speeds. Live in a suburb outside of Boston where i always had fast speeds, now they are just sick, sick and did I say sick. I had a feeling something was happening in and around my area. Thank You John Legere, Thank You T-Mobile, the best Carrier in the USA. FACT

    • dtam

      in boston, i was getting about 33 mbps on speedtest, driving from the pike, around the newton area, there was one spot where i got 66 down and 24 up

      • vinnyjr

        That isn’t far from where I live.

  • BeachInsights

    Great…. I’d love to even be able to get ON the network, in Ft Myers Beach, FL. We’re workin on it, is all I’ve been able to get out of T-M for weeks…. I’m lucky if I can even make a call, let alone have data access…..

    • Ryan

      Ahh… Did A test drive in ft Myers with out any issues… Just haven’t had time to move from Verizon

      • Ryan

        Is it that bad on the beach?

  • k

    Volte volte volte!! Im in portland oregon and while wideband is great, volte with wifi handover would be better!!!

    • Cam Fas

      Volte is great in Vegas tried the hand over and it works great both when leaving wifi calling and also when coming back in range too the wifi unit sometimes there is a few seconds delay while it switches over

    • Nick

      Volte is nationwide as of June or July, your phone must not support it.

      • Brian Perez

        Your right cuz my xperia z1s doesn’t im so bummed I just got this phone in march

  • Frigolay

    I’m surprised they’re counting this large area as one market. And Connecticut. Seems they could each count as a couple markets.

  • Brad

    Cleveland OH is coming soon, too. I was testing my speed and getting 64+ down

    • Bori

      That would make it two major markets in Ohio, the two C’s!

    • William Kestle

      10 mhz lte supports up to 75 mbps or so, so you may have only gotten increased backhaul. 15×15 or 20×20 lte has no direct correlation to fast speeds. i used to get below 1mbps on 20mhz lte in seattle area till backhaul came with it, now getting up to 105 mbps down

      • Bori

        How long does it roughly take for backhaul to be installed once LTE has been turned on.

        • William Kestle

          Took us a couple months for backhaul to start getting upgraded. But times will differ depending upon if its fiber provided or microwave,and who provides the service. Around here its Comcast/frontier/centurylink

  • Greg Victor

    VoLTE on the LG G3 would be greatly appreciated!

  • 9to5Slavery

    What about St. Louis ?

    And St. Louis 700mhz?

  • Roger Sales

    NYC will be live by the end of the year, my towers in north jersey just hit 15×15. Not just Brooklyn anymore.

    • Mike Palomba

      Nothing in staten island yet.

    • Brian Perez

      Im inn east bronx and i get speed up too 56mpbs and 24mpbs

  • NY bubs

    Anyone care to explain what the upstate New York area is?

    • TBN27

      Yonkers, White Plains, Poughkeepsie, Nyack, Purchase, and all between the Bronx and Albany.

  • marco lombera

    I would like to know when will be able to use my phone inside at work, that’s the main reason why i went from the note 3 to the note 4, cause there is not to big of a difference in the 2 phones . Ok, ok, ok, I’m lying i did want the phone, just like i wanted the note 3 when it came out (from the note 2), but the band 12, did play a big part in me changing phones.

    • Goodguy

      I can now used my phone in work

    • Mike Palomba

      If they have band 12 around your work then when they activate it you’ll get better signal inside

  • nycplayboy78

    Hmmmm what about the Washington, DC metropolitan area??!!

  • Carmelo Raphaell

    Even here in central NH Concord – Loudon – Belmont I have seen LTE on my Iphone sporadically in the past couple of weeks where Edge only areas.

    • Julian C. Taborda

      What about up north by Conway?

      • Carmelo Raphaell

        North Conway still GPRS Anything past Laconia is GPRS or No Service.

    • Pjr

      Yea me2, They’re only Edge in hooksett but I have been noticing lately LTE AND 4G in hooksett. I hope it goes live soon. I hate T-Mobile 2G

    • beachbum68

      Salem and the surrounding area is all LTE but they need to do something about the pockets that lose all signal. It’s all good to have great service in cities, but what about the rest of us? Portsmouth is particularly bad and I can SEE the tower outside my window! Terrible. I’m saying this as a long-time (>9 years) customer, they need to improve the coverage area, whether it’s with microcells, picocells, whatever! I’m getting tired of paying for 5gig of data per month and using close to zero.

      • Carmelo Raphaell

        Once the A-block 700Mhz Spectrum, band 12 It’s deployed. You’ll have great service from Salem NH up to Littleton NH if not further north. Unfortunately I am going to have to replace my Iphone 6 with whatever has band 12. It will be all done mid 2015. I cannot wait.

  • superg05

    i have not ever seen speeds that high in Dallas maybe Dallas county in one of the richer cities but not the city of Dallas i know Frisco is about to get 700mhz first aslo

  • MSC1014

    I just ran a speedtest in a suburb outside of Boston… 76Mbps down, 23Mbps up. Amazing!

  • Krali

    I’m ridiculously pissed off that there’s still no word about Miami…

  • dtam

    51.5 down / 28 up inside wahlburgers