Sacramento, CA area gets wideband LTE

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T-Mobile, this morning announced that the greater Sacramento area, California is the latest market to get a taste of the carrier’s super-fast wideband LTE network. It’s the fourth announcement of this kind in the space of ten days as San Diego, Spokane and Miami markets have all had wideband go live this month.  That’s now 26 markets in total with 15+15 or 20+20 MHz LTE networks.

T-Mo specifies that as part of today’s announcement, customers in Placer, Yolo, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties can all experience the wideband LTE network with their LTE equipped devices. Average download speeds in Sacramento are around 19Mbps, with speeds reaching a peak of 54Mbps.

“Our network is truly built for today’s mobile Internet age, delivering the speeds needed for all the surfing, streaming, or Skyping our Sacramento customers do on a daily basis,” said David Gallacher, Regional Vice President – West, Engineering at T-Mobile. “And now with Wideband LTE in Sacramento, all of T-Mobile’s data-hungry LTE customers in California’s capitol will immediately see ever faster mobile internet speeds.”

As well as the greater Sacramento area, wideband LTE is live in the following markets:

  • 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
  • Miami, FL
  • 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

At this rate, T-Mobile is now ahead of its ambitious target to reach 25 markets by year’s end. With the pace shown this month, it makes you wonder: How many more markets can T-Mo cover this month? As always, we’ll keep our eyes and ears on developments and let you know when more happens.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Rick Rudge

    This is great news, Cam. Thanks for sharing.

  • ricky ferrer

    What about some love for the third largest city in America jeez

    • Guest

      Chicago doesn’t have the spectrum available (yet).

      • Mike

        I get speeds as fast as 70 Mbps download and 17Mbps upload in the far northern suburbs in the Lake VillaLindenhurstAntioch areas. If its like this now, I wonder what wideband will bring.

        • Elier Ruiz

          I’ll be glad when lte is available all over Illinois. Especially when I go Marseilles.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Sprint Spark still quiet.

    • Jay Holm

      Who has more covered? T-Mobile Wideband markets, or Sprint Spark markets?

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Not spark

        • Jay Holm

          I’m not surprised, Sprint totally lacks any forward motion.

  • Joe

    If only t-mobile could get more spectrum in NC and even buy the 700mhz A from Cavalier License Group, LLC

    • chrstttp9

      T mo just needs carrier aggregation until the low band becomes accessible in that market.

    • Raiterio Patterson

      Also, WFMY in Greensboro needs to get off channel 51 ASAP.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Does T-Mobile have plans to cover 50 markets with wideband LTE by mid 2015?

  • John

    And still no LTE of any kind in Des Moines, IA.

    • Des Moines does have LTE. Depending on where you’re located. According to T-Mobile’s coverage map. The “Excellent”, “Very Strong”, and “Good” coverage areas have LTE while the “Satisfactory” and below are not LTE. Also, it does depend on what phone you have and what network band/frequencies it is compatible with. What I do hate about Iowa though is outside the main city (Des Moines) the rest of the spectrum is owned by US Cellular hence the lack of T-Mobile coverage in those areas. Unless T-Mobile purchases some of it.

      • John

        The coverage map lies. Trust me, I have 4 newer LTE devices and live in the area that shows LTE on map but there is none. When I travel to Kansas City or even Springfield, MO these same devices pick up LTE fine.

        • Actually you are correct. I just went and check the coverage map for T-Mobile on Rootmetric’s website, and it gathers info based on other people’s speedtests, and Des Moines only has “3G+” speeds which would equal T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network. No LTE in site. While Springfield, and Kansas City do have LTE. Interesting. Looks like something you can Tweet to John Legere or Mike Sievert on Twitter. They both have replied back to me a few times. If you go to RootMetrics site, (at the top choose T-Mobile as the network, and Layer as “best technology found”).

      • 10805

        That map is so full of bull shit. You people are so gullible. You let them walk all over you and then complain after. Zip Code 10805 is supposed to have LTE. It says it on the map, so it must be true, am I right?!

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  • bufordtmobile

    Insert obligatory “I sure wish they would get more spectrum in Cincinnati” comment here.

    • Aconn

      They purchased a block spectrum there didn’t they?

      • John Brown

        If a block is 700, yes. But we have a CH. 51 in Dayton that is making things tough for it to be used here (60dbu contour of WKEF-TV is in the Cincinnati market, meaning potential interference). Cincy bell sold to Verizon (should’ve been tmo, vzw has enough spectrum here) and vzw is going to offload 10mhz of pcs spectrum from the deal to tmo once the cin bell network is decommissioned in April. So right now any form of wideband probably won’t happen till next summer.

  • asmidnightfalls

    Off topic, but anyone know if the two line 100$ plan they’re running takes away the grandfathered employee discount from your employer? Any help would be appreciated .

    • Joho

      Yes it does.

      • asmidnightfalls

        Thanks kinda hoping it didn’t….oh well. Womp womp

  • Rob916

    Is that why my text messaging isn’t working this morning? lol

  • joe

    Starting yesterday morning, I saw speeds of 70 down and 25 up in Essex County, New Jersey

  • Aconn

    Did anyone living in the recently upgraded wideband areas experience very inconsistent data networks immediately prior to the upgrade? I live in Albuquerque and the lte network here used to be really good but recently (about the last month) has been randomly getting less than 1Mbit down and up speeds at sporadic times of the day and even in the middle of the night, leading me to believe that they may be doing work to the towers…

    • Mike

      Yes. Seattle market experienced this.

      • Aconn

        How long do you think it lasted for? This is making my job very difficult at times. It occasionally is so bad that I can’t load Web pages at all.

        • Mike

          I honestly can’t remember. It didn’t seem long.

        • Aconn

          Cool thanks! I guess I’ll just keep my fingers crossed for now…

  • Mikey

    T-Mobile can announce all they want, doesn’t make it true. I live in Yolo county, and their LTE is spotty at best, with areas having huge gap coverage, and areas only getting 1 bar of LTE outside and EDGE inside. Max speeds? 6 Mbps. Unless you smack in the middle of downtown Sac, then good luck.

    • B-Mobile

      i beg to differ Mikey, i’ve been traveling to Woodland, CA over the past 6 months and used to only get edge in my girls crib but now get LTE all throughout the crib

    • Jason

      And Davis in Yolo County has superb T-Mobile LTE no matter where you go in the city

  • jay_max

    Anyone know how often TMO’s coverage maps are updated?

  • guidomus_maximus

    OK do we really need a TMO news article for every one of these?

    • ett11

      This is a T-Mobile news site.

    • Jay Holm

      Yes!!! And next year there will be articles for new 700mhz markets!

    • disqus_PZ8HPZPXfY

      YES WE DO!!!

    • Terry

      And where else do you think this should be put? I am betting we can throw this on the Sprint Website. That might help better communicate this out.

  • neospade44

    Was that pic above taken with an HTC One M7? I swear it was.

  • doubleatheman

    Thus far during the last few days running more tests in the Arden Arcade, CSUS area of Sacramento, speeds are the same as several months ago. (On my necus 5 and nexus 6). I usually never exceed 30mbps down, but on rare occasions. Most tests are in the 22mbps down and 17 Mbps up. (The upload speed here has always been amazing)

  • John

    Michael, I’ve never tweeted before but I think you’ve just given me the incentive to finally do so.