T-Mobile shares list of LTE Advanced markets

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Last month, T-Mobile announced that its LTE Advanced coverage was available in more than 920 markets. The problem was that T-Mo wasn’t exactly clear on which markets those were, but that’s now changed.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray has shared a list of all of T-Mo’s LTE Advanced Markets. The list breaks things down by state, so it’s easy to look for your city.

What’s more, this T-Mobile LTE Advanced Markets list makes it clear whether a city has regular LTE Advanced or if it’s got LTE Advanced with Carrier Aggregation, 4×4 MIMO, and 256QAM. This combination of technologies is available in 430 of the 920 LTE Advanced markets.

Not every device supports all three of those network technologies, but those that do can get Gigabit Class LTE and experience double the download speeds of regular LTE Advanced coverage. Devices that include the ability to access T-Mobile’s LTE Advanced network features include the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Galaxy Note 8, Moto Z2 Force, and LG V30.

Does your city have T-Mobile LTE Advanced?

Source: T-Mobile (PDF)

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  • Willie D

    It should well noted that LTE Advanced doesn’t necessarily mean that all of the advanced technologies are on every single cell site – doesn’t always mean your device will use all technologies at the same time, and certainly doesn’t mean that you will get Gigabit LTE in any of these cities. In fact, the list does not state which cities have LTE-U or LTE-LAA equipment for the most advanced network and speed.
    Most carriers list their technological advancements when network deployment reaches 30% of the city/area/region they are listing, however, I have found that with T-Mobile, and a Gigabit LTE device, I see LTE Advanced technologies about 50% of the time, with speeds that are usable, more stable than before, but also much slower than the network was just 2 years ago.

    • K Rad

      I noticed it slowed down. When I watch videos the first 5 seconds of it is always 480 until it cstches up and then switches to 1080 or higher. That didn’t used to happen before.

  • Aurizen

    I live in Philly, My iphone 6s support LTE-A but I haven’t noticed any speed increases.

    • Sharti24

      It Supports 2CA not 3CA like the 7. I pull 150mbps with my 6s plus easily. 20×20 band 4 aggregated with 5×5 band 12.

      • Aurizen

        Would that be a difference?

        • Sharti24

          Yes. With 3CA youre getting band 2 added to that. Either 5×5 or 10x10mhz

        • Aurizen

          Yeah that’s great but I don’t think I’d notice any speed increase. I had the same speed from when I had the iphone 5 then the iphone 6s nothing changed. If I get the X I doubt if see any real change.

        • Sharti24

          Correct. The X doesnt have 4x4mimo or 256qam. Just 3CA like the 7

      • bkat11

        I wasn’t aware 6s or any iPhone supported LAA

  • superg05

    I SEE DALLAS LISTED BUT IM SURE THEY MEAN DALLAS COUNTY OVER ALL LISTED BUT I’M SURE THEY MEAN IN THE RICHER AREAS LIKE PLANO AROUND NORTH PARK ECT.. WHERE THEY HAVE THE LEAST USERS NOTE 8 SPEED
    6 MBPS MAYBE THEY’LL UPGRADE MY AREA IN A FEW YEARS

  • samsung freud

    Corpus Christi, Galaxy note 8.
    I see a slight increase, I’ll drive to other parts and town and test from different towers.

  • arandomperson7

    My city in NJ is has it, well I’m 4 towns over from that city so I assume it’s here as well

  • Marty Kaan

    Anyone have any idea when they are going to join Google RCS profile?
    TMobile want you to bring your phone (pixel 2 and pixel 2 XL) however, you can’t use all the features

    • Mike

      I think it must be already done. When I text friends using pixel from my LG v30, I can see the sender is typing a message similar to iPhone messaging.

      • Phoepper

        Hmm…. That doesn’t work on my V30….”RCS”

        • Marty Kaan

          I think TMobile have to upgrade their RCS profile, in order for it to work for us Pixel users

      • Marty Kaan

        Just to make sure I understand,
        You are on the LG V30?
        And your friend have a Pixel? If so;
        Can your friend see you when you are trying?

        • Mike

          Yes. I see on my side on my V30. I don’t know if he sees. I’ll ask.

      • bkat11

        I can’t see it on my end and I have the Pixel 2

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Question for the uninformed; what does 256 QAM do? Also, is it hardware based or software?

    • SirStephenH

      Kind of think of it like compressing a zip file. It takes certain groups of bits and substitutes a symbol in their place. It then takes less bandwidth to transmit information resulting in greater capacity and speed. 256 QAM has 8 times spectral efficiency than without.

      On a more technical side it modulates (changes) the amplitude of separate concurrent data streams allowing them to coexist. The different combinations of modulated streams stand for symbols which are used to essentially compress the data being sent. When these streams are recombined they are decoded into the original data.

      256 QAM is only used for the downlink. Higher order QAM schemes result in a higher chance of data corruption so 64 QAM is used for the weaker uplink signal.

    • Trevnerdio

      My professor a few weeks ago did a simplified breakdown of 256QAM, and even the simplified version was way over my head – and I like this stuff! Wikipedia is your friend for this topic haha as Stephen noted, 256QAM is used for downlink and 64 for uplink, which, to put that in perspective, is the same levels used by cable companies to provide fixed broadband internet. So yeah, cell tech is catching up at a breakneck pace.

  • Alex Ellerbe

    My city is on the list but there is not any T-mobile signal of any kind.

    • Sharti24

      Whats the Zip code of your city and your current location?

      • Alex Ellerbe

        85901. I’m right in the middle of the city.

        • Sharti24

          Dang, You’re right. Not even Att has native coverage there. It looks like them and tmobile roam onto some local cell provider in the area. Verizon of course has excellent coverage in that location.

          My only guess to why/how they’re on the list is that Show Low is one of the new cities they expanded to when tmobile made their announcment of “end of 2017 coverage” to help them get on verizons level

        • Sharti24
        • Alex Ellerbe

          My T-mobile phone Roams off of Cellular One towers and they don’t offer LTE here but that works better than my Verizon phone that has been useless for the most part even when I have full bars and LTE.

        • Sharti24

          Probably because verizon is the only national carrier in your area and a million people are using them.

          Im surprised tmobile even let you activate one of their plans in a known roaming area. Have you looked into the cellspot for your home? It uses your home wifi for full tmobile signal

        • Alex Ellerbe

          I do have one at home and it works great.

        • Sharti24

          How were you able to join tmobile if you live in a roaming area?

        • Alex Ellerbe

          They have some sort of agreement with the regional carrier here. I know a lot of people here with T-mobile. Up until about 8 months ago there was an old tower here.

        • Sharti24

          Wtf…They decommissioned the tmobile tower? You need to call them and ask what happened. Remember You only get 200mb of roaming data

        • Alex Ellerbe

          T-Mobile does not seem to limit data when I’m on Cellular One towers. I use at least 20gb a month. The only issue is the speed and I drop calls frequently when I answer. Is my understanding that Cellular One customers can use T-Mobile towers without limitations nation wide and T-Mobile customers can use theirs.

        • Sharti24

          Then the coverage map would show regular coverage like they do in Juneau AK even though they roam on GCI there. Weird

        • Trevnerdio

          You know, I would normally say that’s crazy too, but I swear I used to get HSPA, or at least UMTS, a few years ago when I went out to Apalachicola and St. George Island here in the Florida Panhandle, but now…nothing. There’s LTE at the top of the lighthouse, but forget getting any signal whatsoever on the ground.

        • Anonymouse

          I had the same experience when I visited family there last summer.

        • Glenn Gore

          Is this one of the places that is on their initial list for brand new 600 MHz coverage by the end of the year?

        • Alex Ellerbe

          No.

        • TylerCameron

          “City”
          Have you considered moving out of the middle of nowhere?

        • Alex Ellerbe

          I would love to if I can find the right job. Work is the only reason I am here now.

  • Glenn Gore

    A nice start, but the real noticeable impact will come when T-Mobile lights up the 600 MHz spectrum service they promised to do by the end of the year, and on into the next several years, which will bring service to places where there is no service at all right now and fill in the gaps in their Band 2 coverage. They are running out of time for this end-of-year promise, I hope they come through on it.

    • SirStephenH

      *band 12 coverage

      • tysmith95

        Band 71 will be better then band 12. T mobile has much more band 71 spectrum, where their band 12 spectrum is fairly tight.

      • Trevnerdio

        And band 2 – that’s what they deployed when B4 wasn’t feasible, out in slightly more rural areas. But yes, overall, B12 is the one that blankets the “middle of nowhere”