Miami becomes 25th T-Mobile wideband LTE market


This morning, T-Mobile announced that the 25th market to receive its faster wideband LTE network is Miami, Florida. Customers in the Ft. Lauderdale and Pompano Beach areas can also now experience the faster download speeds, with some speed tests reaching as high as 75Mbps.

Wideband LTE increases the bandwidth and capacity of T-Mobile’s LTE network to help deliver faster peak speeds. It is like adding more lanes to a freeway for all LTE customers to speed along in. With T-Mobile’s Wideband LTE, customers can download a full 90 minute HD movie to their phone or tablet in three and half minutes or a whole album in just nine seconds with theoretical peak download speeds of 110 Mbps.

Based on independent speed test results, Miami residents on T-Mobile have been experiencing average download speeds of around 20.5Mbps. And they join an ever-growing list of markets which now have the super-fast network activated:

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

T-Mobile had a target of 25 markets to reach before 2014 draws to a close, and it has reached that number with a few weeks to spare. There’s a chance that the company could launch the network in more markets this month. Customers in Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York City have spotted the network going live there in recent weeks and months. So we know that T-Mo is building out wideband LTE there. Whether or not they get the build-out completed this month is yet to be seen.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Fabian Cortez

    Bravo T-Mobile.

    No surprises here, but good job on sticking to your schedules and sticking it to the competition.

    • HeatFan786

      Meanwhile, Charlie is trying to get pepper spray on a burrito.

      • Marcelo_L

        Ah, there is a Harkonnen among us.

  • screw tmobile


  • nexus305

    38.5 Down & 21.19 Up / Ft. Lauderdale / Nexus 5

  • Bori

    Meanwhile……… LOL. Congrats MIA!

  • Laststop311

    Are there maps that show the exact boundaries of the different amounts of mhz used across the country? That would be a really useful map.

  • Justsomecommentor

    Do they have Band 12 yet? No reason why they can’t.

  • Tmo User

    No band 12 yet in Miami or Fort Lauderdale. I haven’t seen any tower upgrades either. Hopefully they’ll start sometime soon.

    • Oliver Jackson

      I’ll see tomorrow.I know Boyton Beach,Boca Raton and WPB has it

      • Marcelo_L

        What did you observe, Oli? Any sign of life on Band 12 around? Also, what areas are you seeing 15+15? I’ve only come up with 2 thus far.

  • Jeremy

    I was in Grand Rapids, MI over Thanksgiving and was seeing wideband 15+15 everywhere. Not sure if they announced that yet, but it’s definitely live.

  • daniel

    Gainsville, FL has 15+15 LTE on some cell sites, but the backhaul isn’t in yet to take advantage of that spectrum. I was recently in Jacksonville, FL (which is now 20+20 in most areas) and got speeds generally 20-40Mbps down and 15-35mbps up. Glad to see progress being made.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Am I the only one that thinks wideband LTE in FOUR CITIES in Florida is a little I don’t know fucked up???? Meanwhile, in North Carolina T-Mobile doesn’t own a teaspoon of spectrum.

    • jd

      Charlotte,raleigh,and Wilmington all have LTE
      theirs got to be more.

    • Michael Perez

      Density. The amount of people that live in Florida is close to 20 million versus NC close to 10 million. 2 million alone live in Miami, FL. Wideband LTE is required at that location much more than say a location like Charlotte with roughly 800K in population.

      I am not saying your any less important. I am saying though that capacity issues would arise much faster per user in Miami than Charlotte because of it’s density and therefore it was deployed there first. Even Charlotte though has LTE.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      North Carolina has a lot of lte. No wide and yet but I heard Charlotte was updated to 10mhz of lte.

      But South Carolina on the other hands, I don’t think we’re getting much wideband. I think Florence and Augusta can get it. Columbia definitely can’t without carrier aggragation

      • Raiterio Patterson

        Charlotte and surrounding was indeed updated to 10Mhz. I’m getting ~25/16Mbps outside of Gastonia…..but, the speeds crawl during peak hours. I’m not trying to be crybaby or be ungrateful its just I pay nearly $100/month. It would be nice to get good coverage in my city screw the whole state, I don’t travel much

        • Jay J. Blanco

          I rely on Hspa in the city. And lte while traveling because it’s faster then in my city. Hspa is faster for some reason in my city.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          SC is looking really good! Most of the the major cities and highways are connecting to NC with LTE coverage. Most of the small cities I travel to have LTE, it’s only when you go into rural parts does my signal suffer. Maybe I need to upgrade my phone again. My Nexus 5 sometimes “sticks” on H+ when I’m a LTE area.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Yeah I know it’s awesome. But it’s part so my state where you’ll wish t-mobile wasn’t your cell provider Like Congaree national park.

          Progress is progress though.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          I live next to a state park. I feel your pain.

  • KijBeta

    I have been seeing 15MHz Band 4 here in Sacramento area. Just wish it had a useful backhaul on more of the towers.

  • Keys Man 70

    21.95 down 12.45 up in North Miami, FL

    • Marcelo_L

      I will have to test that out for myself……post a speed test screen shot or bunk.

  • MIA-305

    T-mobile rules in South Florida!

  • HeatFan786

    What exactly does it mean by wide band LTE? Using the new band 12, low frequency LTE, and higher LTE frequency to get a better signal?

    • Oliver Jackson

      Basically YES. It means download speeds will be as fast as 75mbps or more as well as upload speeds.Band12 meaning you’ll be able to get reception for data inside buildings as a option to connect to Wifi.The Note 4 and several other handsets has this band

      • HeatFan786

        Good, I can take an improvement with my service. T-Mobile and Verizon are the only two that work here.

  • Oliver Jackson

    They’re spot on ,I was just late to this. Can’t wait to try it out

  • Marcelo_L

    Gonna immediately call bunk on this. Figures they would turn it on (supposedly) when I’m traveling out of town. Just got back, and MAYBE some spots have it, but out in the burbs, my service is actually worse.

    Note to self (TMo): Don’t claim you’ve turned on something in a metropolitan area like Miami when you haven’t turned on the entire area. Seriously.

  • Roger

    Question: Would this help out with reception in Biscayne Bay or a few miles out? My friends on other carriers always seem to have signal while I have zilch.

    • Marcelo_L

      I might think it may have some effect on your signal. I don’t know that it’ll go from zilch to 4 bars, but you may have it go from zilch to 1 or 2bars at most. If you’re comparing someones CDMA coverage on 800 Mhz to your LTE….don’t. Higher frequencies (of which TMo’s is primarily running at 1700Mhz) have shorter reach(unless you “pump up the volume” on signal strength).

      • Roger

        Thanks for the reply…so am I wrong in assuming that the 700Mhz deployment would help out more? I had always assumed that the Band 12 deployment was primarily for building penetration.

        • Marcelo_L

          You are, in fact, partially correct. Deploying 700Mhz WILL help with signal penetration into buildings, and it may have some impact on the reach over water.

          However, that presumes that the transmitters that cover water are positioned in such a location that they offer equidistant coverage over water and land. I suspect most deployments are going to favor land coverage over water.