T-Mobile rolls out mid-band LTE capacity upgrades to hundreds of cell sites

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It’s been a couple of weeks since T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray last confirmed a round of T-Mo mid-band LTE upgrades, which means that it’s time for another round.

Ray just confirmed that T-Mobile has upgraded hundreds of cell sites with more mid-band LTE capacity in the last two weeks. Some of the cities that got upgrades include Scottsdale, AZ; Boston, MA; Newark, NJ; and Dallas, TX. As usual, you can find the full list of upgraded cities at the bottom of this post.

T-Mobile has confirmed to me that this latest batch of mid-band LTE upgrades includes both PCS and AWS spectrum.

Is your city included in this round of mid-band LTE upgrades? If so, have you noticed an improvement?

  • Phenix City, AL
  • Green Valley, AZ
  • Avondale, AZ
  • El Mirage, AZ
  • Glendale, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Paradise Valley, AZ
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Rogers, AR
  • Bellflower, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Burlington, CO
  • Stamford, CT
  • Ridgefield, CT
  • New Fairfield, CT
  • Danbury, CT
  • Plymouth, CT
  • Naugatuck, CT
  • Prospect, CT
  • Trumbull, CT
  • Southington, CT
  • Shelton, CT
  • Portland, CT
  • Old Saybrook, CT
  • Newtown, CT
  • Monroe, CT
  • Colchester, CT
  • Cheshire, CT
  • Branford, CT
  • Pawcatuck, CT
  • Old Lyme, CT
  • Groton, CT
  • Windsor Locks, CT
  • Rocky Hill, CT
  • Vernon Rockville, CT
  • Plainville, CT
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • North Miami Beach, FL
  • Opa Locka, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Conyers, GA
  • Boise, ID
  • Nampa, ID
  • Ellis, ID
  • Charleston, IL
  • Bloomington, IL
  • Harwood Heights, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Naperville, IL
  • La Grange Park, IL
  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Frankfort, IL
  • River Grove, IL
  • Wonder Lake, IL
  • Richmond, IL
  • Libertyville, IL
  • Barrington, IL
  • Rolling Meadows, IL
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Schererville, IN
  • Portage, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Topeka, KS
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Mission, KS
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Tonganoxie, KS
  • Stilwell, KS
  • Olathe, KS
  • Leavenworth, KS
  • Elizabethtown, KY
  • Georgetown, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Gretna, LA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Towson, MD
  • Owings Mills, MD
  • Glen Burnie, MD
  • Kensington, MD
  • Greenbelt, MD
  • Oxon Hill, MD
  • Pomfret, MD
  • Waldorf, MD
  • Taunton, MA
  • Needham Heights, MA
  • Arlington, MA
  • Watertown, MA
  • Waltham, MA
  • Lexington, MA
  • Kingston, MA
  • Braintree, MA
  • Stoneham, MA
  • Melrose, MA
  • Quincy, MA
  • Medford, MA
  • Everett, MA
  • Somerville, MA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Brighton, MA
  • Roslindale, MA
  • Jamaica Plain, MA
  • Boston, MA
  • Dorchester, MA
  • Westwood, MA
  • Dedham, MA
  • Salem, MA
  • Wakefield, MA
  • Dracut, MA
  • Chelmsford, MA
  • Andover, MA
  • Woburn, MA
  • Natick, MA
  • West Springfield, MA
  • Portage, MI
  • Detroit, MI
  • Saint Joseph, MN
  • New Prague, MN
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Shakopee, MN
  • Saint Michael, MN
  • Montrose, MN
  • Delano, MN
  • Chaska, MN
  • Buffalo, MN
  • Maple Grove, MN
  • Burnsville, MN
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • South Saint Paul, MN
  • Saint Paul Park, MN
  • Isanti, MN
  • Biloxi, MS
  • Springfield, MO
  • Branson, MO
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Lees Summit, MO
  • Platte City, MO
  • Libery, MO
  • Greenwood, MO
  • Grandview, MO
  • Grain Valley, MO
  • Buckner, MO
  • Belton, MO
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • Hazelwood, MO
  • Livingston, MT
  • Columbus, MT
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Henderson, NV
  • Piscataway, NJ
  • Edison, NJ
  • Brick, NJ
  • Merchantville, NJ
  • Camden, NJ
  • Sicklerville, NJ
  • Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Magnolia, NJ
  • Burlington, NJ
  • Blackwood, NJ
  • Wharton, NJ
  • Oceanport, NJ
  • Neptune, NJ
  • Bergenfield, NJ
  • Hamburg, NJ
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Newark, NJ
  • Lyndhurst, NJ
  • Clark, NJ
  • El Prado, NM
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Watkins Glen, NY
  • Rochester, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Tonawanda, NY
  • Endicott, NY
  • Albany, NY
  • Hauppauge, NY
  • Bay Shore, NY
  • West Babylon, NY
  • Rockville Centre, NY
  • Merrick, NY
  • West Hempstead, NY
  • Maspeth, NY
  • Flushing, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Sunnyside, NY
  • New Hyde Park, NY
  • Congers, NY
  • Lake Peekskill, NY
  • Staten Island, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Raeford, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Matthews, NC
  • Roanoke Rapids, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Winston Salem, NC
  • Chagrin Falls, OH
  • Richmond, OH
  • Put in Bay, OH
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Balko, OK
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • King of Prussia, PA
  • Levittown, PA
  • Feasterville Trevose, PA
  • Langhorne, PA
  • Fairless Hills, PA
  • Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Bristol, PA
  • Perkasie, PA
  • Toa Baja, PR
  • San Juan, PR
  • Cayey, PR
  • Yauco, PR
  • Hormigueros, PR
  • Sabana Grande, PR
  • Cranston, RI
  • Warwick, RI
  • Estill, SC
  • North Augusta, SC
  • Florence, SC
  • Columbia, SC
  • West Columbia, SC
  • Hill City, SD
  • Sparta, TN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Thompsons Station, TN
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • Liberty, TN
  • La Vergne, TN
  • Carthage, TN
  • Bradyville, TN
  • Balmorhea, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Missouri City, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Naval Air Station JRB, TX
  • Cumby, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Duncanville, TX
  • Irving, TX
  • Provo, UT
  • Herriman, UT
  • Henrico, VA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Fairfax, VA
  • Manassas, VA
  • Parkersburg, WV
  • Fort Gay, WV
  • Three Lakes, WI
  • Summit Lake, WI
  • Irma, WI
  • Hudson, WI

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Those sites in socal definitely need it

    • Mario Gallegos

      And we still need more in socal.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Yup, way too crowded

  • DJ Ranoia

    My city is listed in south jersey and I’m def seeing an improvement in my iPhone X and watch both have been getting 5 bars no matter where I go with great speed!

    • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

      Am surprised you see any difference iPhone won’t really take advantage of low bands. Since it don’t have 600mhz

  • Shaq

    North east columbia/kershaw county S.C. need serious beef up .Please Tmobile .

  • DannyMac

    If T-Mobile would cover my home county when I visit my parents and friends, that would be the last piece of the T-Mobile coverage puzzle that needs to get solved for me. They recently expanded into neighboring counties they were not in. According to the frequency holdings, they’d have an awesome network there: AWS-1: 15 MHz; AWS-1&3: 15|5 MHz; PCS: 10 MHz; 700: 6 MHz; and 600: 20 MHz. When you’re in the county’s seat, you can sometimes pick up band 12 from the closest county, but then it roams on AT&T.

    • Acdc1a

      WV?

      • DannyMac

        No, rural Kentucky.

  • steveb944

    I’ve noticed better signal in Miami overall, and a past dead zone for all carriers actually has service now.

    • Acdc1a

      South Florida in general, which has been great since the Metro PCS merger, has really improved. All over the Palm Beaches, Broward, and Dade I’ve not had calls drop and my data speeds are insane.

      • bkat11

        Been pretty amazing in Tampa and Orlando too…speeds and coverage

        • Francisco Peña

          unless you are on I75 underneath the Causeway bridge in Brandon.
          Or on Causeway behind the mall around Providence Rd.
          or off of 301 between Big Bend and Rhodine.
          I could go on…
          And this with a Galaxy S9 and formerly a G6 and G5.

        • bkat11

          Lol

        • bkat11

          I stand corrected…you found a couple of random spots in the outskirts and that proves they suck. Got it

        • Acdc1a

          I’m frequently underneath causeway bridges and I stay there because I’m a troll.

        • bkat11

          He sounds like a river rat…I was just in on the Alfia river he was referring to and they have beefed up band 2 and 12 in that area. But then again I don’t live under a causeway bridge so is tough for me to speculate LOL

        • slybacon

          I was visiting Orlando (Disneyworld and Cape Canaveral) a few weeks ago and the service was amazing on T-Mobile.

        • bkat11

          It’s crazy fast at Disney

  • PC_Tool

    New Prague, MN

    Yeah, baby! Can’t say I have noticed anything on my P2XL, but I haven’t been looking. You can bet you a** I will be when I get home. :-D

    • Ben

      I haven’t noticed much of a difference here in Shakopee either.

      • PC_Tool

        Yesterday was such a complete and total mess…I didn’t even think about testing it.

        *grumbles*

        I’ll have to check it later today. (If it doesn’t work with the P2XL, I’ll test it with my Son’s V30…)

        Still miffed the P2XL didn’t get band-71.

    • Tinger12

      Hudson, WI went to over 200Mbps in the past couple weeks on my Samsung S9. Nice to experience.

      • PC_Tool

        Nice!

  • The One

    So what does “mid band” even mean for the end user?

    • steveb944

      It could be 600 or 700 MHz I believe. I was told to check the coverage map before but for my area it doesn’t specify which.

      Edit: band 2 per kpb321

      • kpb321

        600 or 700 mhz would be low band. Mid band is PCS or AWS which is mentioned in the article. PCS is 1900mhz and AWS is 1700/2100mhz

        • steveb944

          Thanks!

      • SirStephenH

        It’s bands 2, 4, and 66.

        • steveb944

          I give up. Lol.

    • slybacon

      Think of mid band as not low capacity or high capacity data, but somewhere in the middle. There really isn’t any “high” band spectrum deployed yet. That’s what some carriers plan to use to start their 5G networks. This “mid band” spectrum used to be called “high band” a few years ago.

      • The One

        But what I’m unsure of is what does this new mid band deployment mean for signal strength, voice calls, and/or data speeds? These are the only things consumers can see.

        Or does it simply mean more users can be connected simultaneously?

        • slybacon

          I think by adding more capacity, they turn up the output (e.g. from 5×5 to 10×10 channel size) and that should provide a stronger signal for a slightly longer distance, but mostly just faster speeds in the same area. Probably better call quality.

          Just a thought on WiFi vs LAA… They both broadcast on 5GHz radio waves, but your home WiFi router is a 20mhz channel and maybe travels 100 feet. The LAA T-Mobile launched in NYC is said to be an 80mhz channel and travels about 900 feet. Just food for thought.

        • SirStephenH

          Adding capacity does not effect the signal strength. It only allows for higher speeds and more users.

          Actually WiFi, depending on the technology used, allows for bandwidths of up to 160MHz in the 5GHz band. It’s not at all recommended to use a 20Mhz bandwidth in the 5GHz band.

          LAA takes a back seat to WiFi and can be forced to lower bandwidths where WiFi is crowded. LAA is also restricted to the same low transmit power as WiFi, wireless phones, and other devices utilizing the 5GHz band. Its actual small increase in range is due to LTE technology and the fact that WiFi is used indoors and therefore has to deal with walls, windows, and other obstacles and sources of interference while LAA is used outdoors where these aren’t significant issues.

        • slybacon

          After looking at my router, I can max out at 40 MHz on 2.4ghz and 80 MHz on 5GHz. The 80mhz on 5GHz gives my Comcast WiFi speed 300mbps down.

          But how can’t LTE (or even 5G) tech create an increase in range of radio waves with the same characteristics?

        • SirStephenH

          40MHz is the max bandwidth on 2.4GHz WiFi. Unfortunately the 2.4GHz band is small and nomally extremely congested so 20MHz is normally recommended unless you live in a rural area. The 5GHz band is much larger and far less congested. A 40MHz bandwidth is recommended unless you live in a rural area where you could get away with 80MHz or even 80MHz+80MHz or 160MHz.

          Different uses lead to different specs. WiFi is designed to work indoors and support a myriad of devices that cover a large spectrum of uses. LTE is more targeted to a smaller subset of uses so it can create more efficiencies. LAA is also currently only available on the downlink (uplink LAA will be added in a future spec) with all the uplink still going through normal LTE which means the lower device transmit power isn’t holding the range back. Once they add uplink to LAA the overall reported range will go down. Base stations (WiFi router, cell tower, etc) are able to transmit at a higher power than portable devices due to their lack of size and electrical constraints (you also don’t want your phone to be blasting high powered radio waves through your body) so your downlink connection will always be stronger and cover further than your uplink.

        • slybacon

          I live in a dense townhouse community. My iMac picks up 50 WiFi accounts. I use 80mhz of 5GHz.

        • SirStephenH

          Yikes, I’m sure your neighbors aren’t very happy with you.

          Edit: Of course a lot of those SSIDs could be 2.4GHz and devices that create their own side network for setup like Chromecasts.

        • slybacon

          Default settings by Comcast. Just cause my router is set up for 80mhz channel, doesn’t mean I get to use all of it. WiFi gets shared. I notice my speeds slow down to 150mbps in the evenings. I pay for 250 mbps and I get 300mbps down usually. My neighbors’ speeds are 100mbps and they get 100mbps on Century Link. Doesn’t appear to affect anyone. I don’t use 300mbps 24/7. Probably only while streaming iTunes movies since they are huge files. Netflix only uses like 10-20mbps and that’s a couple hours a week.

        • SirStephenH

          Mid-band is where LTE networks get their capacity and speed. Additional mid-band spectrum does nothing for signal strength but does allow for additional speed and capacity. Additional capacity means more people will be able to use the network simultaneously without crippling it. It will also allow for more reliable calling and texting.

    • steveb944

      Correction, Band 2 per @kpb321 below.

    • SirStephenH

      Low-band spectrum is excellent for coverage but terrible for capacity and speed. High-band spectrum is the opposite, terrible for coverage but excellent for capacity and speed. High-band will be widely used for 5G but not LTE, only Sprint has high-band deployed. Mid-band is the happy middle ground and is okay for coverage, capacity, and speed and is the backbone of any current day cellular network. Mid-band is where LTE networks get their capacity and speed, low band is where they get their coverage.

      Mid-band is T-Mobile’s bands 2, 4, and 66.

  • mavricxx

    Please upgrade 32539 T-Mobile, where I live the service is rough. It reads LTE but the data is slow. Like 11mbps download and .5mbps upload.

    • SirStephenH

      11Mbps down isn’t horrible, 0.5Mbps up is unacceptable though. T-Mobile itself considers anything under 1Mbps as unacceptable. Have you DMed T-Mobile Help on Twitter about this issue?

      It sounds like you’re likely on band 12 which, while excellent for coverage, is terrible for capacity and speed. Band 71 *should* clear up your problems if this is true. Some quick research shows your area is clear for band 71 deployment but T-Mobile isn’t yet planning on deploying it there this year. They are planning on deploying band 71 to your East towards Panama City by years’ end though so you may see some improvement if you do any traveling as long as you have a band 71 capable phone.

  • GeoGuy17

    Still need a few more towers in Topeka, KS (66615). My speeds are okay in most places but still having issues in some buildings even with B12 deployed. When on B12, the signal is useless as the band is saturated with users. Tells me spacing is an issue with so many using B12. Outside of the apartments that I live in (west edge of town), the signal is useless as there is not a tower to the west for miles. The tower just to the east is blocked by a hill and buildings which is going to get worse as more buildings are built around on all sides over the next year creating an even larger canyon effect. Urish & 17th street is a particularly bad area. The power poles in the area could probably be used for antennas considering that the poles are 100 feet tall with plenty of free space outside the exclusion zone. A better solution would be to use the water tower (Indian Hills Rd) to the west about a mile to cover all of the new subdivisions just outside town which have little to no service.