T-Mobile deploys mid-band LTE upgrades to hundreds of cell sites


Days after T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray confirmed that T-Mo has recently rollout out low-band LTE network upgrades across the country, he has announced that more upgrades have gone live.

Ray just revealed that T-Mobile has upgraded hundreds of cell sites with more mid-band capacity in the last two weeks. T-Mo has confirmed to me that these are PCS and AWS upgrades.

As with T-Mobile’s other recent low-band and mid-band upgrade rollouts, I’ve compiled each city named in Ray’s announcement and put them in a list below to make it easier for you to determine if your city is included.

  • Semmes, AL
  • Millbrook, AL
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Stamford, CT
  • Wilton, CT
  • Westport, CT
  • Ridgefield, CT
  • Old Greenwich, CT
  • Darien, CT
  • New Fairfield, CT
  • Danbury, CT
  • Trumbull, CT
  • Shelton, CT
  • Old Saybrook, CT
  • Newtown, CT
  • Windsor Locks, CT
  • Windsor, CT
  • Enfield, CT
  • South Windsor, CT
  • Bloomfield, CT
  • Avon, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Lecanto, FL
  • North Port, FL
  • Englewood, FL
  • Naples, FL
  • Cape Coral, FL
  • Lehigh Acres, FL
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Sebring, FL
  • Lake Wales, FL
  • Largo, FL
  • Loxahatchee, FL
  • Lake Worth, FL
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Key Biscayne, FL
  • Miami Beach, FL
  • Pompano Beach, FL
  • Opa Locka, FL
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Hallandale, FL
  • Sebastian, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Maitland, FL
  • Morriston, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Savannah, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Griffin, GA
  • Merrillville, IN
  • Gary, IN
  • Saint John, IN
  • Portage, IN
  • Hammond, IN
  • East Chicago, IN
  • Dyer, IN
  • Chesterton, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Nineveh, IN
  • Noblesville, IN
  • Council Bluffs, IA
  • Greenville, KY
  • Bowling Green, KY
  • West Liberty, KY
  • Salyersville, KY
  • Campton, KY
  • Russell, KY
  • Lexington, KY
  • Lousiville, KY
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Brooklyn, MD
  • Owings Mills, MD
  • Columbia, MD
  • Rockville, MD
  • Bethesda, MD
  • Temple Hills, MD
  • College Park, MD
  • Bowie, MD
  • Watertown, MA
  • Brockton, MA
  • Medford, MA
  • Jamaica Plain, MA
  • Mattapan, MA
  • Dorchester, MA
  • Walpole, MA
  • Wakefield, MA
  • Lowell, MA
  • Worcester, MA
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Jackson, MI
  • Haslett, MI
  • Burton, MI
  • Clarkston, MI
  • Waterford, MI
  • Sterling Heights, MI
  • Ferndale, MI
  • Detroit, MI
  • Taylor, MI
  • Romulus, MI
  • Royal Oak, MI
  • Fraser, MI
  • West Point, MS
  • Biloxi, MS
  • Horn Lake, MS
  • North Brunswick, NJ
  • Middlesex, NJ
  • Edison, NJ
  • Toms River, NJ
  • Trenton, NJ
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Vineland, NJ
  • Absecon, NJ
  • Sewell, NJ
  • Haddonfield, NJ
  • Florham Park, NJ
  • Dover, NJ
  • Leonardo, NJ
  • Freehold, NJ
  • Ridgefield, NJ
  • Park Ridge, NJ
  • Paramus, NJ
  • Paterson, NJ
  • Wayne, NJ
  • Pequannock, NJ
  • Scotch Plains, NJ
  • Rutherford, NJ
  • Plainfield, NJ
  • Parsippany, NJ
  • West Orange, NJ
  • Livingston, NJ
  • Kearny, NJ
  • Glen Ridge, NJ
  • East Orange, NJ
  • Bayonne, NJ
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Croghan, NY
  • Wappingers Falls, NY
  • Walden, NY
  • West Islip, NY
  • Massapequa Park, NY
  • Farmingdale, NY
  • Central Islip, NY
  • Babylon, NY
  • Westbury, NY
  • Rockville Centre, NY
  • Jamaica, NY
  • East Elmhurst, NY
  • Flushing, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Port Washington, NY
  • Rye, NY
  • Armonk, NY
  • Staten Island, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Concord, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Wake Forest, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • South Point, OH
  • Ironton, OH
  • Franklin Furnace, OH
  • Troy, OH
  • New Vienna, OH
  • Hamilton, OH
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Akron, OH
  • Ravenna, OH
  • Kent, OH
  • Stow, OH
  • Bay Village, OH
  • Olmsted Falls, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Painesville, OH
  • North Olmsted, OH
  • Northfield, OH
  • Bridgeport, OH
  • Toledo, OH
  • Pickerington, OH
  • Lancaster, OH
  • Reynoldsburg, OH
  • Oxford, PA
  • Paoli, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Wyncote, PA
  • Lansdowne, PA
  • Langhorne, PA
  • Chester, PA
  • Sounderton, PA
  • Doylestown, PA
  • Catasauqua, PA
  • Lancaster, PA
  • Willow Street, PA
  • East Earl, PA
  • York, PA
  • Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Enola, PA
  • Cherry Tree, PA
  • Northern Cambria, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Monroeville, PA
  • McKeesport, PA
  • Toa Alta, PR
  • San Juan, PR
  • San German, PR
  • Moca, PR
  • Utuado, PR
  • Aguadilla, PR
  • East Providence, RI
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Conway, SC
  • Johns Island, SC
  • Charleston, SC
  • Roebuck, SC
  • Spartanburg, SC
  • Memphis, TN
  • Oak Ridge, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Shelbyville, TN
  • Mount Juliet, TN
  • Madison, TN
  • Bland, VA
  • Vinton, VA
  • Blacksburg, VA
  • Petersburg, VA
  • Newport News, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Roseland, VA
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Springfield, VA
  • Falls Church, VA
  • Leesburg, VA
  • Centreville, VA
  • Manassas, VA
  • Salem, WV
  • Davisville, WV
  • Wheeling, WV
  • Huntington, WV
  • Charleston, WV
  • South Charleston, WV
  • Winfield, WV
  • Montgomery, WV
  • Clandenin, WV
  • Hillsboro, WV
  • Oceana, WV
  • Berwind, WV
  • Woodruff, WI
  • Summit Lake, WI
  • Birnamwood, WI
  • Antigo, WI
  • Roberts, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Waukesha, WI
  • Pleasant Prairie, WI
  • Elm Grove, WI

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • Luis Espinal

    Woohoo CT!! Thank you!

  • andreas hosemann

    Come on T-MOBILE Providence Rhode island needs to be lit up

  • Robert G.

    Thank God they did a update to BG KY. T-Mobile was growing fast in this area and my speed really took a dip the last year. Now getting signal in building I didn’t before!

  • fort

    List of phones

    • steveb944

      It’s band 2 & 4, pretty much everything.

    • SirStephenH

      Every phone on T-Mobile’s network supports band 2 and 4…

  • mikeZo6

    Noticed NO improvement at All with these so called upgrades

    • Matt

      Your phone is not capable of 600mhz.

  • 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.

    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

    • g2a5b0e

      Well, they already beat both of them in average speed, so you’re wrong about that.

      And I think everyone is aware that the coverage isn’t there yet. They’re on their way though.

      • Sharti24

        Tmobile beats them in speed because they have 1/2 the customers of Att and Verizon. Verizon and Att own more spectrum than Tmobile

        • Trevnerdio

          So what about Sprint? Sprint has all the cool tech, yet they consistently get beat by T-Mo. Actually, they’re dead last. Nearly every single time.

        • g2a5b0e

          Using your logic, Sprint should be #1 in speed, yet they are dead last. Try again.

        • (J²)

          More subscribers would strain a network, I agree but seeing that Verizon isn’t going to lose 70 million subscribers this year, or next, or the next… Your logic doesn’t make sense.

          By your logic, if everyone left T-Mobile for Verizon or AT&T could they handle the spike in subscribers? No, they can’t.

          All carriers should be able to accommodate their own subscriber traffic
          and obviously be forward thinking and plan for the increased demand.

          Also, AT&T isn’t earning any awards for speed so i’m not sure why they were even in the equation.

          If speed is such an important factor – Why does Sprint still exist? They’ve been lacking in this area for well over 10 years. Shall we forget the Nextel clusterfuck that caused severe congestion issues?

          As American’s, we appear to back “legacy” carriers. Whether it be Verizon Wireless or American Airlines, we aren’t all necessarily seeking faster, cheaper, better, etc.

    • SirStephenH

      So your solution is to be more like Sprint!? LOL

    • Jason

      Not competing on speeds? They have better speeds in virtually every market. And they cover about 99% of what Verizon does, so we’re talking at the margins here. You might be a margin user but quite frankly, you dont matter. Straight up. This is a growth company based on growth in growing demographics, not shrinking

  • Jonathan Decastro

    Glad to see they’re improving the network at such a quick rate. We definitely need the low and mid-band coverage here in Newport News. There’s plenty of high-band, but; that spectrum isn’t necessarily the best indoors. Mainly in commercial buildings.

    • Brandon

      How is T-Mobile’s service in VA?

  • Jim Weiler

    So they’ve “upgraded” the largest metropolitan area in my state that was not without coverage in the first place, and not touched *anywhere* else.

    • steveb944

      Easier to upgrade rather than initially deploy.

    • Trevnerdio

      Did you see the other mid- and low-band frequency posts? They’re working on it, it just takes a little time. Not every upgrade they do will involve your neck of the woods.

    • (J²)

      It doesn’t work that way. They have to acquire and deploy spectrum on a region to region basis. There’s no set definition of a region as that will vary by location and frequency.

      That means, T-Mobile may only be able to deploy spectrum in some cities/states despite others actually needing better coverage.

      For that reason, T-Mobile fell behind many years ago. It’s not always about how much a carrier is willing to spend but where the available resources are. In this case, the resources are spectrum/frequencies. Spectrum is a finite resource.

      • Jason

        Yeah, no… They have a massive swath now of nationwide 600. Atleast 15×15 virtually everywhere. They can deploy anywhere they want. And btw spectrum is a finite resource, but the government is always making more available, so its effectively really not. There will always be another auction and more spectrum.

  • master94

    Going this finally ends at the dead zones in NYC

  • James Kaufman

    Yeah. I get perfect voice and data from T-Mobile, but ONLY if I stay within my city limits. I work 2 miles outside the city limits, and I barely get voice, NEVER any data.

    • Brandon

      Where r u located?

      • James Kaufman

        I’m in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We’re the biggest city on this side of Wisconsin, with a combined population (including satellite communities) of over 100,000. The area where I work has an Eau Claire mailing address, we’re practically within shouting distance of both the city limits AND Interstate 94, yet I still can’t get anything more than 1 bar on a good day. If I’m inside my building, nada. Co-workers who have Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, get perfect signals.

        • Brandon

          I sent T-Mobile sum address where there is no service. And the representative thanked me for giving her those addresses, but that there are no plans to put coverage in those areas. My question is, even though I don’t have any issues with T-Mobile, should I switch over to Verizon because their prices aren’t so much far off from T-Mobile’s? Or should I stay with T-Mobile?

        • James Kaufman

          Honestly, I’d switch. In my city (within city limits), T-Mobile’s data speed is higher than Verizon’s, but for overall quality of network and connectivity, Verizon beats them. I can’t trust the coverage maps on any of the websites, because those are generic and aren’t really accurate. I’m looking at making the switch soon, just don’t know if I should go with Verizon or AT&T. I’ve contacted T-Mobile multiple times, not just about the area around where I work, but in other areas I’ve traveled where I got NO SERVICE. Each time, I was told that I SHOULD have gotten service, because they “partner” with AT&T. Yet, people who actually have AT&T get great service in those locations.

        • Brandon

          I’ve had AT&T before, and I’ve never had any issues with them. But I was also looking at Verizon’s prices, and they didn’t seem too big of a difference from T-Mobile’s prices.

  • JG

    The areas listed in this (and other similar lists)… Are the upgrades applicable to just these specific cities? Or is this more like metropolitan areas or whatever or whatever?

    My hometown isn’t listed, but our metro area namesake is (I’m like 25miles straight line away). Just curious if I should be expecting better coverage, or if I’m going to have to wait until my specific home town finally makes the list itself, or …

  • AA-Ron

    Loving all these upgrades. Speeds have significantly improved in my area. To the point where I’ve cancelled my home internet and started using only tmo. Keep up the good work guys.

  • Maria Isabel G Becker

    It may be somewhere else but, here where I live is like a black hole: nothing. Begin updating in Colorado and stop saying is a quick network. It is only quick AT THE STORE. How convenient for you! This is just paid advertising.

    • Trevnerdio

      Quick at the store? So I didn’t get 203mbps in my girlfriend’s house (nowhere near a T-Mobile store) in Largo, FL 6 months ago?

      • bkat11

        No you didn’t…I didn’t get 275 down and 45 up at my apt in South Tampa either…smoke and mirrors!!! :)

        • Trevnerdio

          Hot damn, the Tampa Bay area is quick!!!

        • bkat11

          Yes! And they beefed up for Gasparilla I didn’t have any issues and I live right on Bayshore

      • Maria Isabel G Becker

        You didn’t read? I wrote COLORADO. You are in Florida. Different states, different situations.

        • Trevnerdio

          So blanket statements then?

  • Sean sorlie

    Its hilarious to watch people comment who DO NOT have T-Mobile. This means they specifically come to TMONEWS.COM to bitch.

    • MadMartigan

      Yeah, holy crap the amount of trolls here trying to bait t-mobile users/fans.

      I’d hate to ever be *that* bored….

  • Phil Howell

    At least those of us that have the equipment to take advantage of 12&71 and actually use our phones are seeing huge improvements in the network.
    I’m a truck driver and obviously travel a lot. I have experienced things getting better and better as time goes on.

  • Sharti24

    What exactly is this upgrade? Is it adding band 2 to existing towers or is it adding capacity?

    Can you add capacity to a tower if the blocks of spectrum aren’t concurrent. Ie 5×5 pcs block A And 5×5 pcs block C. Can you make that 10x10mhz pcs 1900 band 2?

    • SirStephenH

      Non adjoining blocks of spectrum have to be aggregated in order to use them at the same time just like with different bands.

      • Sharti24

        Ok cool. Thanks for the reply

  • (J²)

    I’m in Charlotte, NC and noticing 2-3 times the previous speeds with an iPhone X.

  • enigmaco

    I’m in Lancaster ohio and no noticeable speed increases on my end have my LG V20

  • Omegajb

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a huge difference in WV using my Pixel 2XL. I had service where my wife didn’t on her Note 8.