Speed tests show T-Mobile LAA surpassing 500Mbps down in New York City


Last month, T-Mobile touted that it reached speeds of 1.3Gbps in its labs when testing License Assisted Access (LAA). Now some real world testing has come out.

Speed tests show downloads surpassing 500Mbps using T-Mobile LAA in New York City. Ookla Technical Evangelist Milan Milanovic and PCMag ran 13 speed tests and got an average of 503Mbps down and 42.7Mbps, and one of the results show a test that put up a download speed of 531Mbps and an upload speed of 47.9Mbps.

The tests were taken using a cell site at 45th St. and Third Avenue in Manhattan. This site is equipped with 20MHz of Band 4 spectrum as well as 60MHz of LAA.

An average download speed of 503Mbps is pretty impressive on its own, but it’s even more so when you consider that according to Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence info, the top 10 percent of T-Mobile download speeds in that area are approximately 70Mbps.

T-Mobile has said that it plans to deploy 25,000 small cells with LAA to add extra capacity and speed to its LTE network. Today’s news makes that rollout even more exciting, giving us a peek at the kind of speed boost that T-Mo LAA can provide. Just keep in mind that while it can help give a serious speed boost, LAA has a fairly short range. For example, the cell site used for the above test covers a diameter of four blocks.

T-Mobile has said that it’ll begin building out its 5G coverage this year and will launch 5G phones in 2019, but for those people who don’t want to be early 5G adopters, this LAA coverage should help keep them happy while they wait for 5G coverage to grow and for the technology to mature.

T-Mobile devices that offer LAA support include the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy Note 8, and LG V30. The unlocked version of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro supports LAA, too.

For more details on these LAA tests that produced speeds in excess of 500Mbps, hit the link below.

Source: PCMag

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  • AA-Ron

    Can any phone take advantage of laa?

    • g2a5b0e

      Read the article all the way through before you comment. It’s in the second to last paragraph.

      • AA-Ron

        Thanks, I missed that

      • AA-Ron

        Thanks, I missed that

  • Trushar Mehta

    Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy Note 8, and LG V30. The unlocked version of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro supports LAA, too.

  • Jake Fitzpatrick

    Good things are coming to T-Mobile!

  • marque2

    So why do I need these speeds for a phone? They certainly won’t let me tether at these speeds.

    • slybacon

      You don’t. It’s just a bigger ‘freeway’ for more phones to drive on and stay at full speed streaming, etc.
      But it could eventually replace your home WiFi.

      • Trevnerdio

        Exactly. Fixed wireless services, friends. Cannot wait for an alternative to the cable mafia.

        • TmoRepNLovingIt

          Mannn i cannot wait for that. Especially with my STEEP discount as an employee!!

    • Jason

      One word: capacity

  • epsiblivion

    still getting 10mbps in socal on a pixel

  • Kyrylo Gaychenko

    except this type of network won’t be introduced throughout NYC and Northeast region till August 2019…

    • Jason

      And you know this how? Do you have a cracked russian crystal ball? :-P

      • Kyrylo Gaychenko
        • slybacon

          I think you are confusing LAA (wifi disguised as LTE) with 600 MHz (Band 71 LTE). They are different. T-mo was supposed to launch their 600 MHz network sometime after 8/2/2019 in NYC, but then the tv channels agreed to all move by 3/5/18 (yes, yesterday). That has since been revised to 5/23/18. You can definitely expect 600 MHz in the northeast this year. But, as the article states, this “type of network” is using Band 4 LTE and LAA, available now.

        • SirStephenH

          “I think you are confusing LAA (wifi disguised as LTE)”

          LAA is LTE utilizing public spectrum, in this case 5GHz spectrum that is normally used with WiFi. It isn’t “disguised as LTE”, it IS LTE. It’s able to operate right beside WiFi and is actually more efficient than WiFi.

        • slybacon

          5GHz WiFi and 5GHz LTE are the same (same frequency properties), except 5GHz WiFi has priority over 5GHz LTE. How is it technically more efficient?

        • SirStephenH

          5GHz WiFi and 5GHz LTE ARE NOT the same thing, they only share the same frequency range. LTE operates on bands previously and currently used for 2g and 3g but that doesn’t mean it’s 2g/3g disguised as LTE. If a semi drove down a road normally used for cars you wouldn’t say the semi was disguised as a car.

          LTE is far more spectrally efficient than WiFi at 5GHz, meaning it can support more users at higher speeds than WiFi operating at the same frequency.

        • slybacon

          So, like, WiFi 802.11b is like 2G, 802.11b is like 3g, 802.11n is like 4g, and 801.11ac is like LTE? I get it. WiFi efficiency also advances just like any other wireless data transmission. I don’t see why you think WiFi doesn’t evolve just like other spectrum uses.

  • Tony Chen

    iphone x doesnt have laa :((( but galaxy s9 does have laa

    • slybacon

      All new higher-end 2018 phones should come with LAA.

  • James Smith

    And I still cannot break 1mbps on T-Mobile at my house. Work on coverage please.

    • Pal

      Sad, I noticed a huge boost in December where I live. I previously had to use a signal booster but now have boxed it up. Hope you get better coverage soon.

  • Botiemaster

    So, what good is 5G going to be besides capping our so called unlimited data sooner? What will you do with 5 that you can’t with 4? besides capping your data faster before throttle? I’m just curious why money is spent on this at all when you can max out your service capability as it stands.

    i mean, I’m hearing about more bandwidth, but uh, it just seems like these wireless providers are thinking about that second and your data caps maxing out faster/charging more money as first.

    • Pal

      Tmo has regularly increased the caps. It is up to 50GB now

    • JG

      Having a faster connection doesn’t necessarily mean your going to eat up your data faster… The 1Mb pic your sending your friend is still going to use just 1Mb of data. Except now it’ll only take half a second to upload instead of 2 seconds.

  • VernonDozier

    So when my home WiFi slows down, it’s because a T-Mobile customer is nearby, creating interference, taking over not only their private licensed lanes on their toll roads but also the public highway as well.