T-Mobile upgrades additional cell sites with more mid-band LTE capacity


Two weeks after T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray last announced a round of mid-band LTE upgrades, it’s been confirmed that another batch of upgrades has been made.

Ray just revealed that T-Mobile has upgraded more of its cell sites with mid-band LTE capacity in the past two weeks. As with previous mid-band LTE upgrades, this latest round of upgrades includes both PCS and AWS spectrum.

Some of the locations that’ve gotten mid-band LTE upgrades include Phoenix, AZ; Indianapolis, IN; Austin, TX; and New York, NY. The full list of cities and towns included in this round of mid-band LTE upgrades can be found below.

  • Fort Smith, AR
  • Rogers, AR
  • Pea Ridge, AR
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Sherwood, AR
  • North Little Rock, AR
  • Mabelvale, AR
  • Prescott, AZ
  • Goodyear, AZ
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Vail, CO
  • Woodland Park, CO
  • Berthoud, CO
  • Longmont, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Monument, CO
  • Stamford, CT
  • Wilton, CT
  • Westport, CT
  • Old Greenwich, CT
  • Norwalk, CT
  • Darien, CT
  • Danbury, CT
  • Stratford, CT
  • West Hartford, CT
  • South Windsor, CT
  • Manchester, CT
  • Berlin, CT
  • Farmington, CT
  • Bloomfield, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Newark, DE
  • Claymont, DE
  • Ocala, FL
  • Arcadia, FL
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Naples, FL
  • Lehigh Acres, FL
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Valrico, FL
  • Lake Worth, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Opa Locka, FL
  • Coleman, GA
  • Albany, GA
  • Monticello, GA
  • Augusta, GA
  • Athens, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Decatur, GA
  • Conyers, GA
  • Boise, ID
  • Nampa, ID
  • Springfield, IL
  • Columbia, IL
  • Belvidere, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Naperville, IL
  • Orland Park, IL
  • Frankfort, IL
  • Blue Island, IL
  • Saint Charles, IL
  • River Grove, IL
  • Hanover Park, IL
  • Waukegan, IL
  • Wauconda, IL
  • Lake Zurich, IL
  • Lake Villa, IL
  • Crystal Lake, IL
  • Rolling Meadows, IL
  • Fair Oaks, IN
  • Bloomington, IN
  • South Bend, IN
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Lenexa, KS
  • Leawood, KS
  • Prairie Village, KS
  • Mission, KS
  • Olathe, KS
  • Salisbury, MD
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Linthicum Heights, MD
  • Upper Marlboro, MD
  • Suitland, MD
  • Bowie, MD
  • Waldorf, MD
  • North Dartmouth, MA
  • Kingston, MA
  • Medford, MA
  • Everett, MA
  • Brighton, MA
  • Jamaica Plain, MA
  • Boston, MA
  • Roxbury, MA
  • Marblehead, MA
  • Lynnfield, MA
  • Lynn, MA
  • Woburn, MA
  • Worcester, MA
  • Wakefield, MI
  • Iron River, MI
  • Ewen, MI
  • Decatur, MI
  • Portage, MI
  • Grosse Pointe, MI
  • Detroit, MI
  • Riverview, MI
  • Canton, MI
  • Plymouth, MI
  • Franklin, MI
  • Duluth, MN
  • Grand Portage, MN
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Jordan, MN
  • Chaska, MN
  • Anoka, MN
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • South Saint Paul, MN
  • Rosemount, MN
  • Northfield, MN
  • Newport, MN
  • Lakeville, MN
  • Hugo, MN
  • Rogersville, MO
  • Branson, MO
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Independence, MO
  • Saint Peters, MO
  • O Fallon, MO
  • Saint Charles, MO
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • Cut Bank, MT
  • Sidney, MT
  • Reserve, MT
  • Culvertson, MT
  • Livingston, MT
  • Omaha, NE
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Round Mountain, NV
  • Henderson, NV
  • Nashua, NH
  • Brick, NJ
  • Lakewood, NJ
  • Jackson, NJ
  • Mays Landing, NJ
  • Dover, NJ
  • Keyport, NJ
  • Bogota, NJ
  • Wayne, NJ
  • Hamburg, NJ
  • Mountainside, NJ
  • Rutherford, NJ
  • Colonia, NJ
  • Maplewood, NJ
  • Espanola, NM
  • Navajo, NM
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Corning, NY
  • Rochester, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Sharon Springs, NY
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Hunter, NY
  • Woodbury, NY
  • Ronkonkoma, NY
  • Islip, NY
  • Rockville Centre, NY
  • West Hampstead, NY
  • Jamaica, NY
  • East Elmhurst, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • New Hyde Park, NY
  • Spring Valley, NY
  • New Rochelle, NY
  • Tarrytown, NY
  • Elmsford, NY
  • Carmel, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Akron, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Mentor, OH
  • Chagrin Falls, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dublin, OH
  • Stigler, OK
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Pottstown, PA
  • Lansdale, PA
  • Fairless Hills, PA
  • Bensalem, PA
  • Quakertown, PA
  • Tamaqua, PA
  • York, PA
  • Carlisle, PA
  • Guaynabo, PR
  • Catano, PR
  • Toa Baja, PR
  • San Juan, PR
  • Vieques, PR
  • Cayey, PR
  • Ponce, PR
  • Mayaguez, PR
  • Manati, PR
  • Hormigueros, PR
  • Dorado, PR
  • West Warwick, RI
  • Warwick, RI
  • North Augusta, SC
  • Columbia, SC
  • Holladay, TN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Woodbury, TN
  • El Paso, TX
  • Lubbock, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • Del Valle, TX
  • Brownsville, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Sonora, TX
  • Abbott, TX
  • Wichita Falls, TX
  • Roanoke, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Cumby, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Wylie, TX
  • Plano, TX
  • Spanish Fork, UT
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sandy, UT
  • Roseland, VA
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Triangle, VA
  • Great Falls, VA
  • Reston, VA
  • Glenville, WV
  • Mullens, WV
  • Williamson, WV
  • Charleston, WV
  • Millwood, WV
  • Kenna, WV
  • Fraziers Bottom, WV
  • Crandon, WI
  • White Lake, WI
  • Tomahawk, WI
  • Stratford, WI
  • Rothschild, WI
  • Somerset, WI
  • Waukesha, WI

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • steveb944

    It’s always great to see your area on the list.

  • They moving fast with network upgrades

  • Shaq

    I don’t see much upgrade in the northeast area of Columbia South Carolina. Please tmo do something for zip code 29078 and 29128.

    • SirStephenH

      This is an unofficial T-Mobile news site. You should direct message T-Mobile Help on Twitter and tell them about whatever problems you’ve been having.

  • Sharti24

    How quick is it to do these upgrades? Are they just software updates done at the cell site or must they climb the tower to add capacity?

    • SirStephenH

      I have the feeling that at least some of it is just refarmed spectrum from 3G.

  • Phil7474

    All this upgrading and I still loose service on main highways(Tx). For a min I thought tmo was making strides and improving coverage but a recent trip showed me how much catching up tmo has to do.

  • izick

    Once again, I think this list is inflated, as all the very doess below are in the City of Boston. I’m sure this happens in other places too.

    Brighton, MA
    Jamaica Plain, MA
    Boston, MA
    Roxbury, MA

    • riverhorse

      Huh? How many blocks does one tower serve & how many towers does one neighborhood need? It’s nice to know WHERE in a large city…takes time to do one entire large city one in one swoop.
      Maybe JP can be considered in Boston, but not the other two.
      You sound like you’re from Dubrovnik.

  • Keith

    How do I find where this tower is? I have a compatible phone, I use cellmapper, and have never seen band 71 in my city.

    • Don Moe

      This is mid-band. it will be around 1900 MHz (Band 4)

      • Trevnerdio

        1900MHz is Band 2. B4 and B66 is 1700/2100

    • SirStephenH

      This is mid-band, so bands 2, 4, and 66.

  • francob911 .

    Mid band for AWS & PCS ? Does someone know what bands are does … It wouldn’t make sense to buy a phone without being compatible with these new upgrades

    • SirStephenH

      Bands 2, 4, and 66. Band 66 includes band 4 but adds additional blocks of spectrum.

  • PC_Tool

    Nice. They got my hometown last round and where I work this round.

    …and here I thought they’d slow down with the merger news.

    • emcdonald75

      Have you noticed a difference in signal, reliability and speed?

      • PC_Tool

        Penetration at work.

        I could get a signal in the plant, but it was slow – suddenly it’s no different plant vs office.

        Haven’t really seen any difference at home, but I am assuming it’d be the same if my home was steel/concrete. :)

  • I’m hoping for some Cedar City, UT love soon, but great to see at least northern Utah getting some additional capacity.

  • Much needed in Charlotte, NC… Last week I was only pulling 500Kbps in the middle of downtown…

    • AA-Ron

      I agree, they need to start showing some love to NC.

    • SirStephenH

      That’s not going to improve soon. The issue with Charlotte is that T-Mobile doesn’t own any band 12 (700MHz) in the city (they own band 12 in the area surrounding the city, but not in the city itself) and their band 71 (600MHz) holdings won’t be freed by broadcasters until phase 5 (August/September 2019). This means there won’t be any low band in Charlotte for over a year and a half, baring T-Mobile convincing broadcasters to vacate early. Low band is used for coverage and works well over distances and through objects such as buildings and walls which makes it a necessity in both rural and urban environments.

      • Sharti24

        Who owns the 700mhz A block license there?

        • SirStephenH

          Don’t quote me on this but I’m almost positive it’s owned by Cavalier.

      • AA-Ron

        Does Sprint own any?

        • SirStephenH

          No. Sprint owns band 25, 26, and 41 spectrum. Their low-band (band 26) is 850MHz. Sprint does own band 26 licenses covering the entire US though.

      • kpb321

        That would depend on what Ben means when he says in the middle of downtown. If he’s in a building with poor reception that is barely able to make a connection on PCS/AWS then band 12 or 71 would probably help. On the other hand if he already has a decent signal on PCS or AWS then it should already be working much better. In a major city the majority of the traffic should be going on the smaller PCS and AWS cells as they’ll have a higher aggregate bandwidth. Slow PCS/AWS performance may indicate other problems such as not much PCS/AWS spectrum there or backhaul bottlenecks etc.

        • SirStephenH

          That’s true but if you have speed issues inside major cities then the issue is, more often than not, low-band.

          Bars are often not the best way to determine the overall quality of a connection. You could have 5 bars but interference or any number of other issues could make the connection unusable. The bars usually also focus on down-stream signal strength and virtually ignore up-stream signal strength which is always weaker. Downloads and uploads require two way communication. You could have the best downstream connection in the world and it wouldn’t mean squat if your phone is unable to reach the nearest tower.

  • Glenn Gore

    T-Mobile has fired up two brand new sites in western Oklahoma in areas where they had no service at all before, in Arnett and Leedey, both using Band 71. They are filling in No Service holes very nicely and providing very good coverage. They are doing a great job of putting their new 600 MHz spectrum to full use in Kansas and Oklahoma.

  • Mike

    Northern Idaho is still a big empty hole (even though their coverage map on the website begs to differ with actual experiences!). Please think about adding better coverage here!

  • mreveryphone

    I can definitely see a difference in speed, coverage and reliability with these mid band upgrades as well as the 600 deployment. Where there were dead-spots before there are no more and in certain buildings that I frequent when the signal was unusable it’s now strong and reliable. It’s good to see these updates are not just on paper but are real in the field!

  • Seth Owens

    Still no Winchester, Va on the list…

    • Christina

      Harrisonburg fellow here :) They finally activated 700MHz here in Staunton last year and I’m never without service now. Hopefully they’ll come your way soon!