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

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There’s been lots of exciting T-Mobile news today, including Oreo updates for Samsung and LG smartphones, and now T-Mo’s got some network news to share as well.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray today confirmed that T-Mo has done another round of mid-band LTE upgrades in the past two weeks. With these upgrades, hundreds of cell sites across the country have gained more mid-band LTE capacity. The upgrades include AWS and PCS spectrum.

Some of the markets included in this latest batch of mid-band LTE upgrades include Oceanside, CA; Toledo, OH; Buffalo, NY; and Seattle, WA. As usual, I’ve got the full list of cities and towns that’ve gotten upgrades down below. Let us know if your city is included!

  • Kingman, AZ
  • Buckeye, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Meridian, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Ripon, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Novato, CA
  • Mill Valley, CA
  • Vallejo, CA
  • Mountain View, CA
  • Salinas, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • Mendota, CA
  • Santa Maria, CA
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Brea, CA
  • Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • Phelan, CA
  • Fontana, CA
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Desert Hot Springs, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Oceanside, CA
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • Alpine, CA
  • Upland, CA
  • Hacienda Heights, CA
  • North Hollywood, CA
  • North Hills, CA
  • Chatsworth, CA
  • Seal Beach, CA
  • Santa Fe Springs, CA
  • Whittier, CA
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Avon, CO
  • Palisade, CO
  • Woodland Park, CO
  • Greeley, CO
  • Monument, CO
  • Stamford, CT
  • Southport, CT
  • Greenwich, CT
  • Fairfield, CT
  • Darien, CT
  • Cos Cob, CT
  • Trumbull, CT
  • Portland, CT
  • Middletown, CT
  • Windsor, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Venice, FL
  • Naples, FL
  • Cape Coral, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Kaneohe, HI
  • Kihei, HI
  • Hayden, ID
  • Loves Park, IL
  • Oswego, IL
  • Evanston, IL
  • Saint Charles, IL
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • Itasca, IL
  • Dekalb, IL
  • Algonquin, IL
  • McHenry, IL
  • Libertyville, IL
  • Lake Zurich, IL
  • Lake Villa, IL
  • Lake Forest, IL
  • Kenilworth, IL
  • Highwood, IL
  • Crystal Lake, IL
  • Gary, IN
  • Wichita, KS
  • Ottawa, KS
  • Denniston, KY
  • Lousiville, KY
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Gonzales, LA
  • Scott, LA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Westwego, LA
  • Kenner, LA
  • Metairie, LA
  • Windsor Mill, MD
  • Gwynn Oak, MD
  • Havre de Grace, MD
  • Glen Burnie, MD
  • Columbia, MD
  • Potomac, MD
  • Hyattsville, MD
  • Suitland, MD
  • Riverdale, MD
  • Needham Heights, MA
  • Needham, MA
  • Belmont, MA
  • Watertown, MA
  • Auburndale, MA
  • Newton Center, MA
  • Waltham, MA
  • Lexington, MA
  • Kingston, MA
  • Boston, MA
  • Milton, MA
  • Quincy, MA
  • Medford, MA
  • Revere, MA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Brighton, MA
  • Mattapan, MA
  • Dorchester, MA
  • Franklin, MA
  • Saugus, MA
  • Lowell, MA
  • North Andover, MA
  • Chelmsford, MA
  • Woburn, MA
  • Framingham, MA
  • Worcester, MA
  • Leominster, MA
  • Grandville, MI
  • Howard City, MI
  • Stanton, MI
  • Six Lakes, MI
  • Sheridan, MI
  • Mount Morris, MI
  • Waterford, MI
  • Ecorse, MI
  • Detroit, MI
  • Canton, MI
  • Taylor, MI
  • Dearborn, MI
  • Roseville, MI
  • Clinton Township, MI
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Forest Lake, MN
  • Springfield, MO
  • Morrill, NE
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Omaha, NE
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Henderson, NV
  • Manchester, NH
  • Bound Brook, NJ
  • West Berlin, NJ
  • East Hanover, NJ
  • Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Roselle, NJ
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Ranchos de Taos, NM
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Wappingers Falls, NY
  • Patchogue, NY
  • Glen Head, NY
  • Ridgewood, NY
  • Maspeth, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Astoria, NY
  • Long Island City, NY
  • West Haverstraw, NY
  • Stony Point, NY
  • Staten Island, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Hermiston, OH
  • Proctorville, OH
  • Franklin Furnace, OH
  • Bidwell, OH
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • West Chester, OH
  • Toledo, OH
  • Calera, OK
  • Okmulgee, OK
  • Muskogee, OK
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Guymon, OK
  • King of Prussia, PA
  • Huntingdon Valley, PA
  • Perkasie, PA
  • Millersville, PA
  • York, PA
  • Erie, PA
  • Bayamon, PR
  • Cidra, PR
  • Ponce, PR
  • Florence, SC
  • West Columbia, SC
  • Sumter, SC
  • Keystone, SD
  • Custer, SD
  • Goodlettsville, TN
  • Levelland, TX
  • San Benito, TX
  • Harlingen, TX
  • Missouri City, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Southlake, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Grand Prairie, TX
  • Garland, TX
  • Coppell, TX
  • Helper, UT
  • Green River, UT
  • West Valley City, UT
  • Portsmouth, VA
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Smithfield, VA
  • Henrico, VA
  • Ruther Glen, VA
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Woodbridge, VA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Kent, WA
  • New Cumberland, WV
  • Yawkey, WV
  • Sumerco, WV
  • Scott Depot, WV
  • Charleston, WV
  • Nitro, WV
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Sheridan, WY
  • Cheyenne, WY

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Would explain how all of a sudden it got better here haha

  • pda96

    What band # would this be? Or is there one?

    • Hurlamania

      It’s AWS and PCS it states in the beginning of the article. PCS is 1900 megahertz and AWS is 1700 / 2100 and probably also includes band 66 that is an extension of the 1700 / 2100 but that requires a phone that supports band 66 which most current phones are now supporting the Note 8 was the first phone to support it. I hope that helps

      • pda96

        Thank you.

        • Hurlamania

          You are welcome

      • Ty Christensen

        The Note 8 was definitely not the first phone to support band 66, T-Mobile Revvl supports band 66, iPhone 8, 8+ and X, LG V20 do as well just to name a few.

        • Hurlamania

          I mentioned to say Galaxy 8 but that was the second device to support band 66 on T-Mobile is the v20 was the first a few months prior as reported by this site.

          FCC documents have revealed that the LG V20 on T-Mobile (and other carriers) will support LTE band 66. This is notable because it makes the V20 the first phone to support LTE band 66, which includes AWS-3 spectrum as well as AWS-1 and AWS-4.

      • SirStephenH

        The V20 was the first phone to support band 66.

        Also band 4 is part of band 66 (band 66 supersedes and includes band 4) so whenever you talk about band 66 you’re also talking about band 4. T-Mobile has actually been deploying band 66 everywhere, including places where they don’t own the extended band 66 spectrum, so the whole ‘is it band 4 or band 66’ doesn’t really matter anymore.

    • SirStephenH

      Bands 2, 4, and 66.

      • pda96

        Thanx much.

  • Sharti24

    Can someone explain what they’re doing? Are they using the spectrum from Hspa and moving it over to LTE?

    • bkat11

      HSPA was moved to band 4 and they are launching LTE on band 2 where HSPA was. More like repurposing

      • Sharti24

        Hspa was moved from band 4 to band 2 when LTE was launched. Are you trying to tell me theyre moving it back to band 4? Come on man

        • bkat11

          Who told you that? Lol

      • SirStephenH

        It actually depends on the market. In most of the US HSPA+ was completely moved to band 2 to free up band 4 (which they own more of in most locations) for LTE wideband and band 2 is now slowly being repurposed for LTE as HSPA+ traffic drops. In fewer locations they own more of band 2 than band 4 and the opposite is happening.

  • randian

    Are these cities or metro areas? They keep mentioning Miami, FL when they announce upgrades but it’s unclear if that includes the entire metro area including Broward and Palm Beach counties.

    • Josh Schoonover

      Individual cities, not entire metros. Ex: Detroit is listed, and then the suburbs like Roseville, Ecorse, Canton, etc. are all listed separately.

      • randian

        Bummer. I always see Miami getting upgrades, but not Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach.

        • bkat11

          Coverage was pretty stellar when I was there a few weeks ago

  • pdoobs

    Today I got stuck in bumper to bumper standstill traffic for a 1 mile stretch of a major highway in Cincinnati that runs through the largest suburban commercial area outside of downtown. It has always been a t-mobile deadzone and regardless of any of these upgrades continues to be. I honestly can’t figure out how T-Mobile has deadzones on major highway areas in large metro areas still. Normally it’s not a huge deal since you zip through the 1 mile at 65 mph. That 1 mile averaging about 2 mph was absolutely brutal for streaming audio and Waze gps.

    • I traveled through central PA over 4 years ago, mostly along the interstate and turn pike. At the time, TMO’s reception was awful, leaving large swaths completely without reception. If you hadn’t downloaded any maps prior to traveling and if the route wasn’t fairly straightforward, you’d be in trouble. It was extremely frustrating.

      Fast forward to this year. I was a little eager to see how things went after reading about numerous purchases of spectrum and cell site upgrades over the past four years. As I traveled through central PA…. large swaths still completely without reception. The only difference this time was that we hit some areas that let us roam on AT&T’s network, which may as well have been worthless considering that the speeds were so slow it was virtually unusable.

      It’s not like central PA isn’t some heavily traveled area through the country. When they advertise how well-covered the nation allegedly is by LTE, I expect better. Unless the area is covered by a highly specific band of LTE for which our phones lack an antenna, the coverage map is misleading at best.

      • James Smith

        Their coverage map is a complete farce. However if you zoom in and consider light pink as equivalent to “no service”, then you have a more accurate representation of what to expect.

        • Trevnerdio

          It’s true, their light pink zones are a complete lie. St. George Island and Apalachicola in the Florida panhandle is listed as light pink LTE, but has absolutely zero service throughout the whole place unless you go up in the lighthouse. They used to have HSPA there, but once LTE rolled around, they removed it? I couldn’t imagine why though.

        • SirStephenH

          ALL carrier coverage maps lie. Try a crowd sourced third party map such as Sensorly or CellMapper if you want a more accurate representation of coverage.

      • Jason Caprio

        My work pays for my Verizon service on my Pixel 2 XL, however my fiancee is on T-Mobile on a first gen Google Pixel XL. There have been many times in our travels where we would be in an area where T-Mobile claims there is coverage (light pink), only to have her phone either say no signal or a super-weak EDGE signal which is absolutely useless, all while Verizon has a very usable Band 13 LTE signal. Most recently this happened in the Bushkill, PA region while we parked to look something up on our phones.

        I drive A LOT for work and other road trips, and I cannot recall a single time when Verizon had a solid deadzone during my travels even in the most rural areas of NJ/PA/NY/DE/MD states. T-Mobile on the other hand, you can almost count on occasionally having short periods of no signal or running into EDGE areas while traveling “off the grid”.

        I know every day T-Mobile is stepping up their game, but until they fix these random dead zones even in moderately populated areas, they will never catch the eye of enterprise business customers who need a truly reliable service that works EVERYWHERE, not just in major cities. I know their 600MHz once fully rolled out will solve this, but in present day, Verizon/AT&T still have the upper hand. I’m very curious how competition will be in 5 years.

        • Sharti24

          I noticed Sprint has great signal there in Bushkill, PA while tmobile is in light pink.

          Once the merger happens hopefully tmobile absorbs some of their towers. Tmobiles coverage in WV is terrible while Sprint has billboards on 77 saying how well they cover that area

        • Jason Caprio

          West Virginia ironically is one of Verizon’s weakest areas. According to RootMetrics, Sprint is #1 in network reliability in that state, followed by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile last. This was 2nd half 2017.

  • Uxorious

    Still no love for San Francisco.
    We sorely need upgrades!

  • Cam Fas

    My home in Henderson hasn’t seen the speed increase. And for the rest of Mainly my work at the airport hasn’t really seen a improvement in speed. But I am able to get 200mbs on one tower in Henderson but it’s rhe only one that has clocked those speeds.

  • bkat11

    They are wrong

    • Sharti24

      Theyre moved hspa band 4 to band 2. Yes LTE is on both band 4 and 2 but theyre not going to move hspa back to band 4

      https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/t-mobile-shutting-off-hspa-service-its-aws-spectrum-market-by-market

    • SirStephenH

      Actually they’re not. T-Mobile moved HSPA+ to band 2 in order to deploy LTE wideband on band 4 years ago. They did this because band 4 was the only band out of the two that had enough spectrum to do this.

      • bkat11

        In certain markets but most they deployed HSPA on band 2 in about 40 other markets, either way all HSPA 3G was moved to band 4 a year ago but only a 5 mhz slice

  • Jay Holm

    So the lost says Houston, but not Baytown (77520), hmm. . .

  • John Doe

    No article about T-Mobile’s release of Universal Profile RCS?

    https://twitter.com/NevilleRay/status/1012723505694031872

  • James Smith

    When is Venice, FL getting some upgrades? T-Mobile is still horrible down here.

  • Jay Holm

    Where exactly? I get around a lot! I live in Baytown, today working at I-10 & Eldridge Pkwy, and tomorrow in Angleton… I get around quite a bit.

    • Phil7474

      What device are you using. My S9 Plus blazes all around Houston. Normally 20-50mbps down and 10 to 20mbps up. I’ve hit over 200mbps in many areas of Houston also.

      • Jay Holm

        LG G7, I have only hit above 200 twice, 59 near KPRC, and I-10 just west of downtown.

  • Hurlamania

    Cleveland is listed everytime but my tower never get updated… I get 5 bars but data speeds are slow 99% of the time 1 or less at times 2 3 am they are faster 30 60 if I go a mile or so away I get 40 70 even 100’s in places. Just a overloaded tower Sprint has many towers here as when metro pcs put northcoast pcs out of business in 2 month time they sold all there towers and spectrum to sprint

    • Sharti24

      What zip code and what phone are you using?

  • SirStephenH

    Seattle and Kent? Woopty-do.
    It’s always Seattle, Kent, or Bellevue. You’d think T-Mobile would put more effort into their home state.

  • Joe2050

    I know this is suppose to help with congested areas. I’ve just tested with my 8 Plus in the areas they expanded and saw no improvement in congested area. It shows LTE with 4 bars but no data, only until I was away from the area did the data start working.

  • Robert Thomas Johnson

    I agree I live in clarkston mi near oak hill and sashabaw and still no increase and just so u all know theres about a thousand houses near those roads so u can find me lol

    • Robert Thomas Johnson

      Cant