T-Mobile rolls out mid-band LTE capacity upgrades to more than 250 additional cell sites


Two weeks after T-Mobile rolled out mid-band LTE capacity upgrades to hundreds of cell sites, T-Mo has confirmed that even more upgrades have been made.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray today announced that hundreds of sites have been upgraded with mid-band capacity in the last week weeks. T-Mo has confirmed to me that these are PCS and AWS upgrades.

As usual, I’ve got the full list of markets included in this latest upgrade at the bottom of the post. If your city is included, be sure to let us know if you’re seeing network improvements!

  • Mobile, AL
  • Saraland, AL
  • Gulf Shores, AL
  • Anniston, AL
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Millbrook, AL
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Madison, AL
  • Stamford, CT
  • Wilton, CT
  • Southport, CT
  • Weston, CT
  • Westport, CT
  • Norwalk, CT
  • Greenwich, CT
  • Fairfield, CT
  • Cos Cob, CT
  • Brookfield, CT
  • Bethel, CT
  • Bantam, CT
  • Stratford, CT
  • Easton, CT
  • Trumbull, CT
  • West Haven, CT
  • New Haven, CT
  • Shelton, CT
  • Portland, CT
  • Middletown, CT
  • Clinton, CT
  • Oakdale, CT
  • Newington, CT
  • West Hartford, CT
  • Windsor Locks, CT
  • Vernon Rockville, CT
  • New Britain, CT
  • Manchester, CT
  • Berlin, CT
  • Glastonbury, CT
  • Farmington, CT
  • Bloomfield, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Lecanto, FL
  • North Port, FL
  • Cape Coral, FL
  • Clearwater Beach, FL
  • Lake Worth, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Pompano Beach, FL
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Edgewater, FL
  • Augusta, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Conyers, GA
  • Gurnee, IL
  • Fox River Grove, IL
  • Fox Lake, IL
  • Crystal Lake, IL
  • Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Gary, IN
  • Highland, IN
  • Chesterton, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Westfield, IN
  • Franklin, KY
  • Murray, KY
  • Paducah, KY
  • Ulysses, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • Lewiston, ME
  • Watertown, MA
  • Revere, MA
  • Roslindale, MA
  • Boston, MA
  • Peabody, MA
  • Lawrence, MA
  • Springfield, MA
  • West Springfield, MA
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Catonsville, MD
  • Brooklyn, MD
  • Essex, MD
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Randallstown, MD
  • Columbia, MD
  • Ellicott City, MD
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • Greenbelt, MD
  • Temple Hills, MD
  • Bowie, MD
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Holton, MI
  • Grandville, MI
  • Middleville, MI
  • Richland, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Brown City, MI
  • Novi, MI
  • Sterling Heights, MI
  • Rochester, MI
  • Detroit, MI
  • Southgate, MI
  • Canton, MI
  • Wayne, MI
  • Taylor, MI
  • Melvindale, MI
  • Moorhead, MN
  • Worthington, MN
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Wayzata, MN
  • Osseo, MN
  • Champlin, MN
  • Buffalo, MN
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Wyoming, MN
  • Saint Francis, MN
  • Faribault, MN
  • Forsyth, MT
  • Joliet, MT
  • Garryowen, MT
  • North Brunswick, NJ
  • Hampton, NJ
  • Edison, NJ
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Toms River, NJ
  • Lakewood, NJ
  • Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Burlington, NJ
  • Howell, NJ
  • Hazlet, NJ
  • Westwood, NJ
  • Fair Lawn, NJ
  • Irvington, NJ
  • Springfield, NJ
  • East Rutherford, NJ
  • Lyndhurst, NJ
  • Roseland, NJ
  • Rahway, NJ
  • Plainfield, NJ
  • West Orange, NJ
  • Elmira, NY
  • Salamanca, NY
  • Walden, NY
  • Clifton Park, NY
  • Ridge, NY
  • Massapequa, NY
  • Jericho, NY
  • Greenlawn, NY
  • Great River, NY
  • Bay Shore, NY
  • Rockaway Park, NY
  • Woodmere, NY
  • Westbury, NY
  • West Hempstead, NY
  • Queens Village, NY
  • Bellerose, NY
  • Elmhurst, NY
  • College Point, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Piermont, NY
  • Pearl River, NY
  • Yonkers, NY
  • Bronx, NY
  • Staten Island, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Asheville, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Salisbury, NC
  • Kannapolis, NC
  • Gastonia, NC
  • Cornelius, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Wake Forest, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Glenburn, ND
  • Canton, OH
  • Alliance, OH
  • McDonald, OH
  • Canfield, OH
  • Akron, OH
  • Tallmadge, OH
  • Ravenna, OH
  • Medina, OH
  • Kent, OH
  • Stow, OH
  • Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • Olmsted Falls, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • North Olmstead, OH
  • Lorain, OH
  • Amherst, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Reynoldsburg, OH
  • Lewis Center, OH
  • Hilliard, OH
  • Dublin, OH
  • Downington, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Langhorne, PA
  • Moosic, PA
  • Scranton, PA
  • Saylorsburg, PA
  • Tamaqua, PA
  • Bethlehem, PA
  • Lancaster, PA
  • East Earl, PA
  • New Cumberland, PA
  • Middletown, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • McKeesport, PA
  • Bethel Park, PA
  • Rock Hill, SC
  • Taylors, SC
  • Greenwood, SC
  • Greenville, SC
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Roebuck, SC
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Madison, TN
  • Franklin, TN
  • Blacksburg, VA
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Mechanicsville, VA
  • Roseland, VA
  • Vienna, VA
  • Annandale, VA
  • Saint Marys, WV
  • Ravenswood, WV
  • Wheeling, WV
  • Lyburn, WV
  • Hurricane, WV
  • Charleston, WV
  • South Charleston, WV
  • Ripley, WV
  • Millwood, WV
  • Kenna, WV
  • Amma, WV
  • Buckeye, WV
  • Pineville, WV
  • Oceana, WV
  • Wabeno, WI
  • White Lake, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Waukesha, WI
  • Elkhorn, WI
  • Mequon, WI

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • AA-Ron

    My speeds in the DC area have improved drastically across the board. Loving these upgrades.

  • Mark


    • SirStephenH

      There have been many previous announcements that have included California so don’t feel bad that you weren’t included this time.

  • KMB877

    I’m more then happy to hear about T-mobile’s network improvements, but let’s do a little mat. Depending of local situation and frequencies, a cell tower covers about 500 square miles (way less inside cities). The whole country has 3.8 million square miles. Considering T-mobile covers 75% of the American territory, we are talking about 6’000 towers.
    So, I don’t think we shall congratulate T-mobile for upgrading about 5% of their network!
    BTW, I’m using Ultra, a T-mobile MVNO.

    • SirStephenH

      These announcements have been coming out every week or two lately. That’s a lot of towers.

    • John Doe

      Your math is stupid. Why does T-Mobile need to cover forests, plainfeilds, etc? When you realize that there isn’t a human on every square mile of the country please update your math.

      I do agree they need to add more towers but building a tower takes years. Instead they will add 600MHz support which covers a much bigger radius than PCS and AWS.

      • KMB877

        This is the statistical average. And, for that I considered 75% of the territory, you didn’t see that?
        However, math ca’n be stupid, because it can’t be intelligent. But it can be wrong…

        • Stephan Tchorbajian

          KMB0877 another person pointed out your “math” is stupid. Do you have proof or an article indicating the average cell tower covers 500 sq. miles? Looks like your IQ is slipping.

      • Brandon

        To be honest, T-Mobile’s coverage must match Verizon and AT&T’s coverage, especially in rural areas. People in rural areas will pay top dollar for A1 service. And by filling the coverage, and having great data speeds and reliable service, it will bring in a dozen of new customers. And having business accounts is a major plus.

      • Stephan Tchorbajian

        Genius, here is an excerpt:

        As a rough guide, based on a tall mast and flat terrain, it is possible to get between 50 and 70 km (30–45 miles). When the terrain is hilly, the maximum distance can vary from as little as 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) due to encroachment of intermediate objects into the wide center fresnel zone of the signal.

        KMB, in the future please be more specific and don’t generalize.

      • The Borg

        We have some forest and Plainfields they can cover. That’s the only thing we have around here. Fill the gaps!

    • Stephan Tchorbajian

      Are you an idiot? 500 sq. miles? At most I’d say maybe 40-50 sq. miles.

      • KMB877

        Is your IQ below 60?! Probably! Read here: 250 sq miles means a square having 15×15 miles, or a circle having less than 9 miles radius. The 250 coverage applies on open ground area, not cities. Understood? Ciao!

  • crash

    I’m in North Plainfield NJ. I noticed Plainfield NJ, the next town over is on the list. My service has been fine for a long time in North Plainfield so I don’t know if I will notice a difference. I know I have terrible service near buffalo wild wings in watchung nj I would assume because of the watchung mountains. T mobile needs upgrade in that area.

    • icwhatudidthere

      I’m in the same area, and have the same problem area. Quite a few places along that stretch of 22, my phone will show a few bars at least, but good luck actually trying to use it. This has been the case for at least a few years now, with several different phones.

  • Erik

    Here in Milwaukee, WI the speeds and coverage is has gotten even better than what it was. Ppl I tell to switch from Verizon, US Cellular and such, are extremely happy with it. Also with all extras that come with being a TMobile customer.

    • bkat11

      I referred my friends to them from Verizon/Sprint…they love it and they saved almost 70 bucks a month on a family plan

  • TheSwizziest

    So is this A) better coverage B) faster speeds or C) both for the areas impacted?

    Thanks for helping.

    • John Doe

      B only. If you don’t have good coverage on T-mobile’s mid-bands (1700/2100, 1900) then these upgrades won’t help since they are just adding capacity so more people can use then and have faster speeds.

      They would have to add more towers or use their 700,600 MHz bands for better coverage so look for those upgrades.

      • Sean sorlie

        This is not true. They are ADDING mid band which has different penetration so signal will improve, in addition adding new bands adds capacity so it should also increase speeds.

        • John Doe

          They are increasing capacity in same areas they are not adding new towers or new areas of coverage.

          WTF are you talking about “ADDING mid band”?

        • Steven

          Sean, you don’t know what you are talking about…

        • Sean sorlie

          I read the article wrong actually. My bad. It is likely they tuned it so there may be a small change but not large.

        • Steven

          Gotcha, understandable. It happens. I WISH they would expand the footprint on any level at all in some of those areas listed…. Hopefully in time.

        • Sean sorlie

          Once 600 rolls in to more places, things should improve greatly.

  • Sharti24

    Shutting down 3G HSPA should be on tmobiles priority list. Use that extra spectrum for LTE

    • tysmith95

      I believe that is what many of these upgrades are.

  • mediabaron

    Missing: Hauula, HI and Maunaloa, HI from the list.

  • mikeZo6

    tmobile BS again ! no improvements at ALL

    • Sean sorlie

      how do you figure that exactly?

  • The Waz

    Remember, if your device doesn’t support the upgrades you will see no change…

  • Stephan Tchorbajian

    Some of you need to relax. There have been some tangible improvements here in Manhattan. For example, prior to these upgrades right adjacent to Penn Station where I work I was routinely getting 3-5 mbps down. I’m now experiencing 10-20 mbps on average. The only thing T-Mobile needs to do right now is work on expanding low frequency spectrum coverage as their current sliver of B12 5×5 Mhz only helps with voice calling but in Penn station a usable LTE signal is practically nonexistent. I’ll wait another year or two until there are more available phones and a nationwide network is utilizing 600 Mhz until I buy a new phone.


  • Yonatan Ben Magen

    Seems like this round is east coast /upper mid west focus.

  • Ken Ternlund

    Im in Rockaway Park, NY and my data speeds, both upload and download are less than 1 Mbps, and have been this slow for over a year now. Horrible