Cleveland gets its first taste of T-Mobile Wideband LTE

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It looks like Cleveland, Ohio has its first taste of T-Mobile’s faster LTE solution. Dubbed “Wideband LTE”, the network typically describes LTE with wider lanes for data traffic to flow through. Thanks to a post by Bradillac, a T-Mo fan and Redditor, we know that T-Mobile’s 15+15Mhz Wideband LTE network is now live in the area.

Early speed test showed speeds of around 35Mbps down and 20Mbps up, but after a little time, that seems to have increased dramatically with speeds approaching 70Mbps down now possible. Cleveland also happens to be one of the first markets to get 700MHz LTE officially. This means the city now not only has stronger signal capable of penetrating buildings better, but also a much faster LTE network than before. In short: T-Mobile’s LTE network in Cleveland is fantastic. Or at least, it should be.

On a nationwide scale, T-Mobile is attempting to reach 300 million people with its LTE network before 2015 is out. What’s more, it’s also attempting to deploy all of its 700MHz spectrum, covering 190 million people with its low-band, stronger signal. Whether or not it can meet those ambitious plans is yet to be seen. But judging it based on last year’s frantic rollout, I’d say nothing is impossible for this network team.

Speaking of Wideband LTE specifically, if you’re in the area, let us know in the comments if you’ve noticed a speed bump over the past few days. We don’t know how widespread this is yet since T-Mobile is yet to announce it officially.

Thanks, Bradley.

Source: Reddit

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  • Verizonthunder

    Ugh Baltimore still left out again.

    • Justin Smith

      Complain to them on twitter lol

  • Justin Smith

    YESSSSSS I just looked at my engineering mode and saw band 4 15mhz!!! Massillon Ohio! Where can I send screenshots????

  • Justin Smith

    About and hour south of Cleveland in massillon Ohio I just look at engineering mode and saw we are also upgraded to wideband LTE! Anywhere I can send screenshots?

    • thepanttherlady

      cam@tmonews.com or post the link here and I’ll approve them.

      • Justin Smith

        Thank you! :)

      • Justin Smith

        Is there a specific site that would be best to upload to and share in in the comments?

        • thepanttherlady

          I use imgr, myself.

        • Justin Smith

          http://imgur.com/ZW9DSZj
          http://imgur.com/WX1MaTQ
          http://imgur.com/lVw6X5J

          Band info as well as a few speedtests.
          Speeds at my home used to be around 25-28 average for the download.

          I checked last night and it was still 10×10 so they must have switched it on overnight or early this morning!

        • sharti24

          last night before i went to bed (2am) i had no LTE signal, just 4G HSPA. woke up and noticed faster LTE speeds. i’m in North Canton

          [img]http://i.imgur.com/Zw5HRav.png?1[/img]

        • Justin Smith

          ^^ Around the Massillon/Canton area

      • Guest

        LTE just went back to 10×10 so I’m assuming their work won’t be done for a little while.

    • bkerstetter

      Massillon/Akron/Canton is all considered part of the “Cleveland” market for T-Mobile…

      • Justin Smith

        That’s strange… They are fairly far away from Cleveland

        • bkerstetter

          I know, I’m from the Canton area – their definition of the “Cleveland” area includes as far south as Canton, as far west as Medina (basically using 71 as the limit), and as far east as Painesville (basically using 271 as the limit).

        • Justin Smith

          Their definition is a fairly large area. At least we can all enjoy Wideband LTE now though!

  • Brad

    I wouldn’t say first taste :)

    http://oi60.tinypic.com/10xvgo9.jpg

    • Justin Smith

      Nice!

    • Cam Bunton

      Haha. Nice!

  • Justin Smith

    LTE in Massillon/canton area is switching back and forth between 10×10 and 15×15. It was stable 15×15 an hour ago.

  • Jay Holm

    How bout turning off MetroPCS completely and converting more markets to 20×20? That would be nice!

    • Justin Smith

      That would be very nice!

    • Brian Perez

      I totally agree i mean metro is tmus so tmus shouldnt have to have more than one network for a merely 56million people too many resources being used

  • Rob H.

    Wideband hit where I live. It was awesome to see an app download completely in 1 second from the Play Store. The result: http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/1220460050

  • sharti24

    Akron, Ohio 15×15 wideband pics. North Canton has it too :)

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/rib8vEv.png[/img]
    [img]http://i.imgur.com/KzirfUO.png[/img]

  • sharti24

    Now that T-mobile has moved 5 mhz of spectrum from the PCS to the AWS band. how much spectrum does t-mobile currently have in the PCS band? i’m sure HSPA speeds will now cap out around 14.4 Mbps correct?

  • Nik

    I live in the eastlake area along lakeshore. About 25-30 min east from cleveland. I’ve been stuck on 4g with no LTE all day long… Let’s hope they haven’t broken coverage for those of us where it worked perfectly..

    • Justin Smith

      It should be much improved once it’s back up

  • Philly Jim

    How about about some 700Mhz for the city and suburbs for the City of Brotherly Love…………?

    • taron19119

      Philadelphia has 700mhz up and running around the airport but not in the city yet but i was just on band 17 LTE right outside the Wells Fargo Center

  • taron19119

    So t-mobile has band 17 LTE in philadelphia

    • Justin Smith

      Tmo doesn’t have band 17

      • taron19119

        I know but all of t-mobile phones has band 17 LTE for roaming on other carriers

  • Philly Jim

    Your right don’t know what I was thinking the only excuse I have is its Monday, I just tested several times and consistently got between 50 to 60 down and, 40 to 50 up , I forget sometimes that’s why I switched from sprint for, 19 yrs to T MO a couple years ago, next move I made that year ……….. Peace

  • Justin Smith

    Same in Massillon/north canton area. From what I’ve heard TMobile considered all of our areas as a part of Cleveland, even though we really aren’t.

  • Justin Smith

    What area?

  • Philly Jim

    How do you take a screenshot on the note edge I forget sometimes

    • walt

      If you don’t know how to take a screen shot (or know how to google it and find out) you shouldn’t own a smartphone. but yes please show us this 40-50 Mbps UPLOAD speed. i’m dying to see it lol. btw where are you located at?

      • Philly Jim

        I’m just outside Philly , as far as taking a screenshotvibown multiple phones and get confused I once in awhile ,I can’t remember I how to do attachments on here in a public forum I know I did it before but can’t remember send me told email I’ll send you back the pics with my email or just do you know I’m straight up mine is geminiflooring@comcast.net if I was even exaggerating I wouldn’t send my email in ap public forum ……but I hate being called a lier……..

        • walt

          I never called you a lier. trust but verify ;) i have 15×15 wideband the fastest i got upload was around 28 Mbps

          http://i.imgur.com/rib8vEv.png

        • walt

          (Philly Jim’s speedtest data screen shot, i’m posting it for him)

          Jim you’re mistaken the upload speed for the download speed.
          you’re pulling 40-50 DOWNload and 15-20 UPload

          [img]http://i.imgur.com/PAWLJqP.png?1[/img]

  • Philly Jim

    I can easily prove what I say I have no reason to B.S.

  • Hurlamania

    nice I’ve seen it in a few spots around Cleveland but it isn’t everywhere yet… The speed around my house is still bad. Near Lakewood

    • walt

      what kind of phone do you own?

    • Brad

      My service is amazing in Lakewood… right on the border of Cleveland… Nexus 6… could be your phone

  • Brian Perez

    Nyc speeds in the bronx Check out my Ookla Speedtest result. What’s your speed? http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/1222471620

    • walt

      akron, ohio 15×15

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/XtAJgSy.png[/img]

  • They need to fix up Cleveland Heights and Euclid too. I have spotty LTE in my small building and house

  • keasycase

    T-mobile must really like Cleveland… Because they have a lot of active carrier aggregation took… Just check Howard forums

  • Laststop311

    It’s like the first time ever cleveland gets something early. Thank you t-mobile.

  • Ryan Wilkins

    Looks like they added UARFCN 587 recently to the UMTS side, too. It used to be 637 was the only one around here on PCS-band. I noticed it yesterday when checking out the LTE wide-band upgrade. This is Cleveland proper West side. But if it’s here it’s probably all throughout the area.

  • Joel Antonio Ibarra

    Now if they could get to bradenton fl. Tampa Florida is an hour from me yet their a big market and Sarasota fo just bellow us

  • Walt

    I sent an email last night to john legere, neville ray and ExecutiveResponse at tmobile. com
    Neville Ray replied within the hour (via his ipad) and some dude (Christopher Rausch) wants me to call him to “talk things over” about my email and the new coverage map. talk about a good customer service and their quick response to an email :)

    you guys have anything specific you want me to ask?

  • Dr8820

    I’m in Cee-Town, but travel due to my vocation. Shaker and Cleveland Hts is spotty, Solon is hit or miss, Twinsburg by Reminderville is edge. Anything south of 480/77, east of 422/271, south of 8 but before Akron, west past Columbia rd on 90, east of 90 past Mentor….good luck.

    • bkerstetter

      That’s not even remotely true. What phone do you have? Even if you don’t have a Band 2 compatible phone there’s way more coverage than that. LTE covers:
      east on 90 all the way to Erie, PA
      west on 80/90 past Amherst with spotty LTE until Sandusky
      south on 77 until Dover/New Philadelphia

      • Dr8820

        I have a Note 3, I’m glad that you can see what my phone does from wherever you are…I need that ability.

        • bkerstetter

          If your phone legitimately loses signal outside of the areas you stated above there’s something not working properly…

        • Dr8820

          Put your T-Mobile pom poms down, I have no reason to lie.

  • themishmosh

    Not seeing better penetration into buildings with Band 12 in Lakewood or Medina areas where I work. I really don’t care about ultra-high speeds–I need coverage!!!

    • Justin Smith

      They said Cleveland not areas outside of Cleveland.