T-Mobile touts network upgrades in Cleveland and Philadelphia ahead of RNC and DNC


The Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention are both happening next month, and to ensure that its network runs smoothly for everyone attending, T-Mobile has rolled out network upgrades in both Cleveland and Philadelphia.

For the RNC in Cleveland (July 18-21), T-Mobile has added more LTE capacity in the areas that’ll be frequented by everyone attending the conference. That includes re-allocating mid-band spectrum from HSPA+ to LTE in the downtown area and upgrading Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) with optimized LTE antennas and newer equipment at the Convention Center, the Hilton Hotel at the Convention Center, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Progressive Field, and Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention itself will be held. T-Mo has also rolled out a temporary Cell on Wheels (CoW) at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center, and it’s added a new cell site at the Cleveland Public Auditorium.

When it comes to the DNC in Philadelphia (July 25-28), T-Mobile has upgraded two DAS with better electronics at the PA Convention Center and the Wells Fargo Center, where the convention will take place. T-Mo touts that it’s increased fiber backhaul connections at high traffic spots near those arenas, too.

The RNC and DNC are major events that will attract tons of visitors to Cleveland and Philadelphia, so it’s smart of T-Mobile to prepare for the influx of visitors that’ll be concentrated in a few areas. And hey, even if you’re not attending the conferences, you folks in Cleveland and Philadelphia can still get excited because you can benefit from these upgrades if you happen to be in the enhanced areas.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Hurlamania

    well they stated this locally, a few weeks ago and that they started last year but last week during the Cavaliers NBA final championship parade downtown service took a big hit, full bars but no data if you tried 4-5 Times you sometimes could get a call to connect.
    That was my experience.
    yes I have 700mhz on my Windows 640.

    • Jay Holm

      Windows? What? Huh?

      • Wezi427

        I’m an Android fan, but I have a Windows phone that I play around with worth and it’s a great phone. What hurts Windows phones is the lack of apps. Have you tried it?

        • SirStephenH

          It’s nice that they tie into Windows but that’s about it. I’d still take one over an iPhone any day.

          I have a friend who recently went from Windows to Android and he’s amazed by everything he’s missed out on (OS, apps, everything).

        • Wezi427

          I agree entirely

      • Guest

        What? Swarm mentality? Huh?

    • VernonDozier

      I’m the type of person who believes everything that is marketed to me.

      I thought it’s supposed to have twice the coverage and perform 4x better through walls and doors. Makes me wonder how terrible it was before T-Mobile installed cellular-enhanced antennas on Verizon and AT&T structures.

      • Trevnerdio

        I’m not sure where they got those numbers from. Traditionally, T-Mobile used 1700 and 2100 MHz bands for their LTE. With the 700 MHz rollout, coverage should be no better than 3x better in buildings…though, I can attest to the fact that in-building coverage is improving dramatically.

        • SirStephenH

          He got those numbers from T-Mobile. T-Mobile claims that their “Extended Range LTE” (Band 12) has twice the area of coverage and works 4x better indoors over their existing spectrum.

          I agree with the double the area (area ≠ distance) of coverage but I’d say it’s more like 3x indoors, maybe 4x if you’re right next to a tower.

        • Trevnerdio

          Right, that’s why I asked where they (T-Mobile) got their numbers from. But I’d agree with your assessment.

        • SirStephenH

          Sorry, I read your post wrong.

      • SirStephenH

        Cell coverage isn’t the distance from the tower (radius), it’s the total area of the coverage.

        The larger the distance from the tower (radius), the greater the coverage gains (area). You don’t have to go twice the distance to get twice the coverage.

        Think of the rings of a tree. The further from the center you get, the larger the rings.

    • Wezi427

      I live in Philadelphia and I never get Band 12 which was supposed to prevalent in my area. My Nexus 6 is capable.

      • SirStephenH

        Try switching to LTE only. I have a N6 too and it’ll often just switch to HSPA+ instead of the stronger, faster LTE signal on B12. It also often has trouble switching back to LTE after it’s been connected to HSPA+.

        B12 is deployed pretty much everywhere where I live and travel and is faster 95% of time and stronger than HSPA+ so I just keep it on LTE.

        I use 4G Switcher from the Play Store to switch it to LTE mode. It’s free and the only problem is that you have to set it after every reboot. I don’t know about a way to make it permanent but I also haven’t looked for a different solution in a while. This made a huge improvement for me though.

        • Wezi427

          OK, I’ll give it a try. Thanks

        • SirStephenH

          Good luck.

  • Jay Holm

    Any news or updates about the deployment of tri-band carrier aggregation???

  • Walt

    So no 4G HSPA in Cleveland? Sweet!!!

    • Jay Holm

      If people go to settings and switch from LTE to HSPA often times that will improve data.

      • Wezi427

        How so?

        • Bryant

          Less congestion.

        • Wezi427

          I’ve tried that with not much success.

  • emcdonald75

    I wish an Uncarrier would be to allow T-Mobile customers to connect to ATT WiFi Hotspots, Comcast and Time Warner Hotspots for free or for an extra $10 per month charge.