T-Mobile’s LTE Network Spotted In New York City As Company Highlights 49 iPhone Ready Cities

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T-Mobile’s LTE network is still on the slow path to success, but thanks to TmoNews reader @milanmilanovic, we’re getting a first look at LTE in New York City. It’s definitely still in the planning stages and while it’s not nearly ready for public use, we’re just happy to know there’s progress. In order to get on to the network, Milanovic stated that he forced his way on to the network and manually searched with his Nexus 4 on its lone LTE band. According to Milanovic’s comments to GigaOM, he discovered a 5 MHz-by-5 MHz link in the 1700/2100 range but he could only meet half of the 37Mbs bandwidth the network can theoretically support. More importantly, Milanovic only had a few minutes at a time to try the network before T-Mobile got wise and booted him off. With LTE “ready” to fire up in Kansas City and Las Vegas any day now, we’re betting that a big market like New York City will make a perfect proving ground for the young LTE network.

Even as T-Mobile works to rollout LTE, they are simultaneously continuing their 1900MHz expansion and released an updated list of the 49 cities now ready to support HSPA+ service on that band. As a friendly reminder, T-Mobile’s initial rollout of HSPA+ on the 1900MHz band is capped at 21Mbps. The current rollout of 49 cities covers 142 million people as T-Mobile stated during last quarters financial earnings.

Milanovic posted a YouTube video yesterday evening showing off unequivocal proof that he was in fact on T-Mobile’s LTE network:

@milanmilanovic, GigaOM, PCMag

The full list as of March 15th as provided to PCMag is below:

  1. Ann Arbor, MI
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. Austin, TX
  4. Baltimore, MD
  5. Boston, MA
  6. Cambridge, MA
  7. Chicago, IL
  8. Dallas, TX
  9. Denver, CO
  10. Detroit, MI
  11. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  12. Fort Worth, TX
  13. Fresno, CA
  14. Houston, TX
  15. Kansas City, KS/MO
  16. Las Vegas, NV
  17. Los Angeles, CA
  18. Miami, FL
  19. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  20. Modesto, CA
  21. Napa, CA
  22. New York, NY
  23. Newark, NJ
  24. Oakland, CA
  25. Orlando, FL
  26. Philadelphia, PA
  27. Phoenix, AZ
  28. Providence, RI
  29. Reno, NV
  30. Richmond, VA
  31. Sacramento, CA
  32. Salinas, CA
  33. San Antonio, TX
  34. San Diego, CA
  35. San Francisco, CA
  36. San Jose, CA
  37. Santa Ana, CA
  38. Santa Cruz, CA
  39. Santa Rosa, CA
  40. Seattle, WA
  41. Springfield, MA
  42. St. Cloud, MN
  43. Stockton, CA
  44. Tampa, FL
  45. Tucson, AZ
  46. Vallejo, CA
  47. Virginia Beach, VA
  48. Warren, MI
  49. Washington, DC

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