T-Mobile Band 12 LTE shows up in Springfield, MA

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A read got in touch from Springfield, MA to inform us that T-Mobile’s 700MHz LTE network is – at the very least – being tested in the city. We were sent a screenshot of the Galaxy Note 4’s Service Mode screen which shows all the indicators we’d normally require to confirm that this is, indeed, a T-Mobile band 12 site. Check it out below:

Springfield, MA

As with every sighting we’ve been sent so far, this is a 5+5MHz network running on band 12 LTE. T-Mobile’s 700MHz LTE network has been deployed gradually over the past few months and has been spotted in a number of markets in the U.S. Other things we look for include the MCC-MNC and EARFCN values which indicate which carrier’s network it is.

Using reddit user DanRant’s interactive map as a guide, we see that Springfield is nicely placed in between two no-go areas where TV stations currently have license to broadcast using interfering spectrum. More importantly, it should mean that customers in the Springfield area should see improved indoor coverage in the coming weeks and months as T-Mobile rolls the network out more fully.

So, while T-Mobile’s network has experienced quite severe outages recently, it has also been expanded and improved. So far, we’ve seen evidence of 700MHz LTE networks in Long Island, California and Waco, TX among others.

Thanks to the reader who sent this in.

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  • vinnyjr

    Does the areas in red circle mean they will never see band 12? That is a very large area and entire Boston and surrounding communities.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      It means channel 51 is licensed to broadcast on 700mhz block a in that area; they will eventually vacate the band, allowing T-Mobile to use it once they do so

      • FanBoy

        Agreed, unless TMUS can make some more deals to use interference mitigation strategies like they did with the TV station in L.A.

    • Cam Bunton

      Yeah, what Stefan said. ;-)

  • CJ

    How fast is band 12, could it be faster than the current t Moblie bands

    • Cam Bunton

      Currently no. T-Mobile’s wideband LTE uses 15+15 or 20+20 MHz “lanes”. The band 12 network only uses 5+5Mhz.

      • YABD

        You know if band 12 work at indiana north?

        • Austin

          Look at the map.

  • Matt

    Heck, I’m hoping for more LTE build out in PA

    • enkay1

      Where at? It’s happening in more places than you’d expect.

  • bakgwailo

    Does the nexus 5 support band 12?

    • sushimane

      It doesn’t. That’s why I sold my nexus and got the z3 just for band 12.

    • Penguin

      nexus 6 Will Support band 12 after software Update I don’t think nexus 5 has band 12 support!!!

  • YABD

    Does somebody know if band 12 work at Indiana north?

  • Jay Holm

    Hmm, I see New Haven Ct on here, I wonder if Bridgeport has 700mhz coverage now also. Looks like Waterbury and Hartford are covered in addition to New Haven, exciting, but I would like to know specifically about Bridgeport, Stratford, and Fairfield Ct.

  • wilfredo

    Unlucky me i live in Springfield but my S5 dont support band 12, data speeds here were good till couple months ago it just got messed up tmobile worked on it to find the problem supposely they need more towers because too many people connected at the same tower, Data runs awsome after 1 am lol when almost everyone is sleeping hope it gets fixed, anyways im getting the S6 it will support band 12 i guess.

    • 9to5Slavery

      Well that sucks. Guess you are unlucky