T-Mobile adds low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites across the US

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T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray decided to drop a little network news on us before the weekend gets underway.

Ray tweeted today that T-Mobile has added low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites in two weeks’ time. When asked for more info, T-Mobile told me that this expansion includes a mixture of 600MHz and 700MHz coverage.

Attached to Ray’s tweet is a GIF that shows many of the places that will benefit from this expanded coverage. The full list of cities named in this GIF can be found at the bottom of this post.

It’s always exciting to learn that your carrier has lit up expanded coverage in your town, and this looks like a pretty nice way to start the weekend for the T-Mobile customers that live in the cities listed below. If that’s you, then keep an eye out for improved coverage!

  • Kirkland, WA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Langley, WA
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Pomona, CA
  • Carlsbad, CA
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Pismo Beach, CA
  • Mountain View, CA
  • Sunnyvale, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • San Leandro, CA
  • Milpitas, CA
  • Morgan Hill, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Healdsburg, CA
  • Albany, NY
  • Cortland, NY
  • Liverpool, NY
  • Yulee, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Wesley Chapel, FL
  • Winter Haven, FL
  • Kissimmee, FL
  • Ocoee, FL
  • Lancaster, TX
  • Burkburnett, TX
  • Zapata, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Brownsville, TX
  • Pharr, TX
  • Georgetown, TX
  • Shallowater, TX
  • Twin Falls, ID
  • Swan Valley, ID
  • Boise, ID
  • Coalville, UT
  • Tooele, UT
  • West Valley City, UT
  • Paradise, UT
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Hazel Green, AL
  • Phenix City, AL
  • Littleton, MA
  • Douglas, MA
  • Middleboro, MA
  • Harwinton, CT
  • Clifton, NJ
  • San Tan Valley, AZ
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Broadus, MT
  • Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Stroudsburg, PA
  • Rockville, MD
  • Newnan, GA
  • Swainsboro, GA
  • Calhoun, GA
  • Waycross, GA
  • Barney, GA
  • Trenton, SC
  • Brecksville, OH
  • Kent, OH
  • Sale Creek, TN
  • Louisville, KY
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Des Plaines, IL
  • Palos Heights, IL
  • Sterling Heights, MI
  • Clarkston, MI
  • Hebron, IN
  • Salem, WI
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • Chaska, MN
  • Maple Plain, MN
  • Saint Cloud, MN

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • steveb944

    Good for all those in the area.

  • SirStephenH

    Is Western Washington getting B71 early? We already have B12 deployed and B71 was supposed to be another year or two away.

    • slybacon

      Western Washington is Phase 7, meaning all tv stations have to be off channels 38-51 before 1/17/2020. T-Mobile can deploy after that. TV stations could chose to move channels before then, though.

      • SirStephenH

        I understand that but the cities listed in Washington were some of the first to receive band 12 in our state so they shouldn’t really be receiving band 12 cells. That leaves band 71 but as you stated we’re supposed to be among the last to receive band 71 through phase 7. I wish T-Mobile would just tell us one way or another, this whole lumping together of bands 12 and 71 isn’t really helpful.

  • Jay Holm

    3x CA still is barely deployed, when are ALL these frequencies going to be combined together, like LTE is designed to be???

  • Sharti24

    Until every cell tower has low band 600/700mhz AND either a high/mid band 2100/1900mhz mixture, tmobile will not compete with Verizon or Att on coverage/speeds.

    I’ve seen too many towers in rural Ohio have only 1900mhz 5mhz LTE. Those towers were the ones that were converted from 2G Edge to LTE for a quick deployment. Thats doing it on the cheap and speeds are now suffering. Tmobile needs to replace those antennas with up to date equipment, Not 1990’s technology.

    Heck, even Sprint put out this year that every cell site will have all 3 frequencies 2.5/1900/800. Thats what tmobile needs to do to every tower

    • Trevnerdio

      Just because those were EDGE sites does not mean they are using 90s technology any longer. I’d say as long as you can get anything stable out there (And LTE is very stable) then that’s a win for now.

    • slybacon

      LTE isn’t 1990’s tech.

      • Sharti24

        No but the antennas broadcasting the signal are. So no 4×4 mimo or 256 qam

        • slybacon

          How do you make an old antenna broadcast a new signal type? If it was that easy, everything would be 5G instantly. How do you know there is no 4×4 MIMO or 256 QAM? Are you pulling out your telephoto lens to read the serial number of the antennas?

        • Sharti24

          Lol the antennas on these Edge to LTE update look old af. 3 total antennas on the tower that have been on there for years

    • SirStephenH

      T-Mobile didn’t even have native coverage in the area until recently so it’s not really something to complain about yet.

  • pda96

    Can anyone comment on the coverage at North Island (San Diego)? Does TMO have any low band in service there? Probably not the 600MHz. But what about the 700MHz??

    • tisoy

      San Diego cannot get 700mhz because that bandwidth is being used by KUSI Channel 51. From the list, it looks like it’s going to be awhile before we get anything.

      • pda96

        Damn it!! So we’ll probably get the 600MHz instead, I hope. Thank you for the info, tisoy.

        • slybacon

          There is much more available bandwidth with 600 MHz. T-Mobile doesn’t own very much 700 MHz. 600 MHz will be much more impressive.

      • Sharti24

        Wrong. 700mhz is already deployment around the airport.

        • Sharti24
        • pda96

          It just shows that band 12 was “spotted”. This doesn’t mean that it’s deployed. It only means that TMO was “testing” band 12 deployment. The “12” indicates deployment, and there is none in SD.

        • slybacon

          The spotted means people have picked it up on their phones. The “12” only means T-mobile made an official announcement. Just because there’s no official announcement, doesn’t mean there isn’t 700 MHz in operation. T-Mobile stated that 700 MHz deployment was “essentially complete” about a year ago. But apparently today they are still deploying 700 MHz in some areas.

        • SirStephenH

          I believe San Diego was one of the last channel 51 holdouts so T-Mobile hasn’t been able to deploy band 12 until recently.

        • marque2

          It was about a year later than everyone else. I believe Tmo has done what they are going to do with 700mhz at this point. If you don’t got no signal at your location now, don’t expect anything better from 700mhz. Worst is Oceanside, parts of Coronado is pretty bad as well.

        • pda96

          Unless the 700MHz deployment map is inaccurate, SD doesn’t have 700MHz deployed anywhere.

        • mikeZo6

          band 12 sucks anyway very weak data speeds super SLOW !
          why u think Tmo is trying to make a big deal about 600Mhz cause band 12 (700) sucked so bad waste of money and 600Mhz will be NO better !!!

        • SirStephenH

          You obviously don’t understand that lowband (bands 12 and 71) is required for coverage inside buildings and over distances. It’s not made for speed. Carriers need low, mid, and high band for proper speed AND coverage.

        • marque2

          Well not exactly they have several channels in the 600 Mhz range and your phone can mux them together with various multiple antenna schemes. Yes it is true that 600 mhz can technically support less data than 2.3 ghz but mux 4 of those together, and the speed is pretty nice anyway.

      • slybacon

        Channel 51 is part of the 600 MHz spectrum (channels 38-51). San Diego is in Phase 2 for 600 MHz, meaning all tv stations should clear their channels by 4/12/2019. T-mobile can start deploying 600 MHz after that, but it doesn’t mean they will.

        • SirStephenH

          Nope. Channel 51 interfered with block A of band 12 (The block T-Mobile uses) and vice versa. Band 12, block A cannot be deployed while a broadcaster is operating on channel 51. The spectrum cleared for band 71 use comprises of channels 38-50.

        • slybacon

          Yep. Channel 51’s frequency is 692 to 698 MHz (this is 600MHz Block G). Channel 52’s frequency is 698-704MHz (this is 700MHz Lower Block A). Band 71 is channels 38-51. Band 12 is channels 52-59. With the 700MHz lower block A, Tmo got a lot of the Channel 51 stations to relocate already so it wouldn’t interfere with block A (and also 600 MHz Block G). This is why channel 51 appeared to be part of Band 12 700Mhz Lower Block A. There are 16 tv stations left on Channel 51. They are scheduled in the 600MHz repack to move to lower channels.

    • Sharti24

      Yes please! Naval area station Coronado base needs 700mhz band 12 badly

    • marque2

      Supposedly the 700 Band 12 is rolled out in San Diego, but there are major holes. Coronado, has a hard time with reception. Take a ferry from Coronado to Seaport Village and a few feet into the water, you get zilch.

  • Charles Burt

    There is no network at all where I live, Zip Code 85634, nothing, no mid band, no low band, nada, zip, zero, zilch. As such, we continue to pay Verizon month after month after month after month.

    • Sharti24

      I see tmobile has roaming in that area. What carrier do they roam on?

      • Charles Burt

        USA Commnet. Data roaming capped at 200mb per billing cycle.

        • Sharti24

          Are they cheaper than verizon?

        • Charles Burt

          Commnet is cheaper but they have limited coverage. They are mostly a roaming provider. They have their own retail brand called Choice Wireless but it is of poor quality.

        • Sharti24

          Looks like verizon is your best choice then. Nothing wrong with that. Tmobiles prices are just a few dollars cheaper than verizons anyways

        • Charles Burt

          I am resigned to always having Verizon. It does work well and it is not much more expensive than T-mobile.

    • Nolan

      Oof

    • slybacon

      Have your whole town email john.legere@t-mobile. com and tell him you want T-Mobile coverage.

    • slybacon

      And to confirm Tmo own radio spectrum in your zip code… They have 20MHz of AWS (band 4), 15MHz of PCS (band 2), 6MHz of 700 (band 12), and 20MHz of 600 (band 71). PLENTY of spectrum to go around in your zip code. Combining AWS and 600 using CA would be stellar (40+40). Email John Legere.

  • hellomellowfellow

    Wilkes Barre PA needs this

  • Boomski

    What phones support those low level bands?

    • slybacon

      Almost every phone in the last year or two supports the 700 MHz (Band 12) LTE. Only the LG V30 and Samsung S8 ACTIVE support the 600 MHz (Band 71) LTE so far. Supposed to be a dozen more 600 MHz phones released this year.

      • Trevnerdio

        S9/9+ are slated to be released in a few weeks, and those will have 600 as well.

  • Clarence Knaack

    Need more coverage 29384

    • superg05

      tell them on twitter

      • Clarence Knaack

        Don’t have twitter or ever used it.

        • superg05

          facebook/ copied from below user slybacon email john.legere@t-mobile. com and tell him you want T-Mobile coverage.

    • slybacon

      Tmo owns a buttload of spectrum in your zip code. AWS 15/10MHz, PCS 15/5MHz, 700 6MHz, and 600 20MHz. The 600 will be what makes your area great though since it is contiguous (doesn’t have the “/”) They could join several of these together with carrier aggregation (CA). Keep an eye out for 600 MHz in your city and buy a Band 71 capable phone when 600 MHz is available.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Cool

  • bkat11

    They are really hitting the Tampa Bay area…I have a full signal everywhere I go, new DAS systems at Amalie and Raymond James Stadium, just amazing coverage all around in the area and the rural towns are pretty well covered too

  • Sharti24

    Is there anyway t-mobile can purchase another 5mhz block of 700mhz band 12 spectrum? Or is the A block only one 5mhz chunk

    • Jason

      All there is is 5 mhz in the 700 A block. But everywhere 700A is, 600 will be as well eventually, and they have a ton of 600 everywhere

    • SirStephenH

      A block is 5+5 (receive+transmit) for a total of 10MHz. Pretty much all of band 12 is owned and in use by various companies (mostly AT&T and Verizon and they’re not giving any up) right now so virtually none is available to purchase. The only reason why T-Mobile was able to get ahold of any band 12 was because A block was still blocked in most areas by channel 51 at the time so it was virtually useless.

      T-Mobile spent big on the band 71 auction and has a ton of licenses covering the entire nation so that will be its new standard band on the low end.

    • slybacon

      700A is just 5+5 MHz. If they wanted another 5+5 in the same area, they would have to purchase 700B or 700C, kinda like what they did in North Dakota where they own 700A, 700B, and 700C in the same area in some locations (15+15). Montana also has one area where they can run 10+10.
      Band 12 covers 700MHz Lower Blocks A, B, and C. This overlaps with Band 17 (lower 700bc), which is what AT&T runs on. Verizon runs on 700MHz Upper Block C. There are technically more blocks Tmo could buy for Band 12, but I don’t think there’s much more for sale anymore. 600MHz is where it’ll be.

  • WhippetNYC

    I don’t see NYC on that list. Might NYC be on their upgrade list of cities too?

    • slybacon

      They might be waiting to do NYC until the 600 MHz (Band 71 LTE) is free and clear of the tv stations. This was originally supposed to be 8/29/2019, but Tmo worked out a deal to have all tv stations off air by 3/5/2018 (just a few days from now). Probably in the next announcement you will see some NYC :)

  • decisivemoment

    Curious if they’re going to add towers or simply upgrade existing ones. There are a number of places where they really need to add….just in the Midwest, several places including northern MN and WI, northwestern IL, SW-central IL and east-central MO, where either Verizon or AT&T (but never, it seems, both at the same time) have better coverage than T-Mobile. The small cell deployments that are proposed for major cities will not cover these more remote points even as they’ll tackle challenging environments like built up downtowns. And it would be nice to have one carrier that can do it all well. But when I see AT&T talking about a $25 billion capital spend and Verizon talking about $18, T-Mobile’s $5 to $7 billion seems really short even if their network is easier to upgrade than the older carriers.

    • GeoGuy17

      West central IL is a lot better than it was a year ago but they still need more infill towers. The part between Beardstown and Springfield IL would be nice with a bit of coverage as would better coverage along US-24 and US-67. Central MO needs help…US-50. Even Sprint has service along US-50 where T-Mobile is stuck in emergency mode. I was stuck in emergency only often in Holts Summit when helping a friend move to the area.

  • Lance Corporal

    I’ve been using T-Mobile for several years now and each year the coverage and reliability has gotten better. Keep going T-Mo!

  • Philip

    Isnt this the Band 12 or something else? Band 12 is low freq which can penetrate anything. You can check this if you got a Samsung phone: *#0011#

    • GeoGuy17

      Some is B12 but the lower frequency is B71 or 600 MHz. Only a few phones support B71 right now.

      • Naruto44

        Lower band mean anything below 1GHZ so band 12 and band 71 are both low frequency.!

    • SirStephenH

      This is band 12 (700MHz) AND band 71 (600MHz).