T-Mobile deploys another round of mid-band LTE capacity upgrades


Another round of mid-band LTE upgrades has been completed.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray today confirmed that T-Mo has upgraded more cell sites with additional mid-band LTE capacity over the past two weeks. As with previous mid-band LTE upgrades, this latest batch includes both PCS and AWS spectrum.

Some of the cities included in this latest round of mid-band LTE upgrades include Beaverton, OR; Saint Joseph, MN; Atlanta, GA; and New York, NY. As usual, I’ve complied the full list of upgraded markets, which you can find below.

Was your town included in T-Mobile’s latest batch of mid-band LTE upgrades?

  • Huntsville, AL
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • San Jose, CA
  • Fairfield, CA
  • Benicia, CA
  • San Mateo, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Sunnyvale, CA
  • Tehachapi, CA
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Earlimart, CA
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • La Jolla, CA
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • La Puente, CA
  • Chino Hills, CA
  • Lakewood, CA
  • Lawndale, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Plantsville, CT
  • Cromwell, CT
  • Clinton, CT
  • Brooksville, FL
  • Ponce de Leon, FL
  • Quincy, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Augusta, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Forest Park, GA
  • Austell, GA
  • Mableton, GA
  • Marietta, GA
  • Lithonia, GA
  • Snellville, GA
  • Wailuku, HI
  • Laie, HI
  • Boise, ID
  • Des Plaines, IL
  • Deerfield, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Plainfield, IN
  • Lone Tree, IA
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • West Branch, IA
  • Wellman, IA
  • Vinton, IA
  • Van Horne, IA
  • Toddville, IA
  • Swisher, IA
  • Springville, IA
  • Shellsburg, IA
  • Robins, IA
  • Riverside, IA
  • Palo, IA
  • Oxford, IA
  • North Liberty, IA
  • Mount Vernon, IA
  • Martelle, IA
  • Marion, IA
  • Coralville, IA
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Homestead, IA
  • Hills, IA
  • Hiawatha, IA
  • Ely, IA
  • Prairieburg, IA
  • Central City, IA
  • Center Point, IA
  • Atkins, IA
  • Alburnett, IA
  • Olive Hill, KY
  • Cockeysville, MD
  • Rockville, MD
  • Chevy Chase, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Lansing, MI
  • Detroit, MI
  • Saint Joseph, MN
  • Kalispell, MT
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Sparks, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Sunland Park, NM
  • Schenectady, NY
  • Albany, NY
  • Port Jefferson Station, NY
  • Williston Park, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Durham, NC
  • Lawton, OK
  • Eugene, OR
  • Beaverton, OR
  • Norristown, PA
  • Columbia, PA
  • Cleveland, TN
  • Antioch, TN
  • El Paso, TX
  • Cedar Creek, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Webster, TX
  • Montgomery, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Bedford, TX
  • Elkhart, TX
  • Paris, TX
  • Anna, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • Mechanicsville, VA
  • Sterling, VA
  • Moses Lake, WA
  • Wallback, WV
  • Wheeling, WV
  • Wabeno, WI

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • Sharti24

    Can someone explain what they’re doing? Are they using the spectrum from Hspa and moving it over to LTE? Or is this spectrum that was not being used at all and they decided to deploy it all at once?

    My iphone 6s plus has been latching onto band 2 lately (after my area was upgraded). I know there’s band 4 on the tower because i was connected to it before the tower upgrades. Just sucks being stuck on 5×5 band 2. Location downtown Canton, OH

    • jonzey231

      Yes. All these updates are them refarming 2G/HSPA to LTE. They’ve been doing this for about 4 years now, howver lately they’ve been going full speed .

      I’m in Columbus and we’ve seen speeds double in the last 18-24 months .

    • SirStephenH

      Iowa has been spectrum redeployed from their iWireless acquisition, otherwise it’s pretty much been only refarmed spectrum from 3G (UMTS, HSPA+).

      Your phone is probably just picking up on the stronger signal. Give it a few months and it may improve as T-Mobile tweaks the towers. Deployment of new bands is usually followed by a few months of tweaking on their end.

  • jonzey231

    I didn’t know there was a Cleveland in Georgia lol.

    • Menobastian

      I didn’t know there was a Cleveland in Texas. It’s crazy.

    • SirStephenH

      I didn’t know there was a…

      Cleveland, Alabama
      Cleveland, Arkansas
      Cleveland, California
      Cleveland, Florida
      Cleveland, Georgia
      Cleveland, Illinois
      Cleveland, Indiana
      Cleveland, Kansas
      Cleveland, Minnesota
      Cleveland, Minneapolis, Minnesota
      Cleveland, Mississippi
      Cleveland, Missouri
      Cleveland, New York
      Cleveland, North Carolina
      Cleveland, Johnston County, North Carolina
      Cleveland, North Dakota
      Cleveland, Oklahoma
      Cleveland, Tennessee
      Cleveland, Texas
      Cleveland, Utah
      Cleveland, Virginia
      Cleveland, Washington

      • Sharti24

        Cleveland, Ohio

        • SirStephenH

          It was kind of a given in the context of the posts.

  • Mon1020

    How about bringing it up to the god-damn T-mobile coverage wasteland that is Ductchess County, NY? (around Wappinger Falls especially) Speed and coverage are abysmal – shouldn’t be this way for a populous area not even 90mi north of NYC.

    • riverhorse

      Parts of VIrginia are similarly abyssmal. I guess no Magenta love for Red cousins.

  • pda96

    Band 66?

    • SirStephenH

      AWS is bands 4 and 66 and band 4 is part of band 66, so yes.

      • pda96

        Got it. I thought B4 was high frequency. Thanx much.

  • Jason Caprio

    I’ve been using Google phones for the last 2 years, and there is only one thing I missed about my old Samsung Galaxy Note 5 I used when I had T-Mobile, was the Service Mode. It would what bands I was on, how wide each band was, and carrier aggregation.

    • bkat11


      • Jason Caprio

        I’m aware of that but it doesn’t show nearly as much info as #*0011# did on a Samsung. I use SignalCheck Pro on my Pixel 2 XL which shows the band I’m connected to, but doesn’t give any CA or bandwidth info.

    • Sharti24

      I Cant do all that on an iphone. the service mode only tells you what band you’re connected to

      • Jason Caprio

        Yep, I am familiar with Field Test Mode on the iPhones, but even that is a little buggy. Ever since my Android Pie update on my Pixel 2 XL, SignalCheck Pro now identifies neighboring cells on different bands, were before it would say unknown. Outside my workplace in Mays Landing, NJ on the closest Verizon cell ID it primarily connects on Band 2, but it shows neighbors on the same cell ID Band 4, Band 13, and just recently I’ve been seeing Band 5 pop up. I suppose that gives me an idea of carrier aggregation, however I still cannot see how wide each band is. Oh well lol

        • Sharti24

          Can you put androids/pixels in “LTE only” mode? I wish you could on the iphone

  • James Smith

    Slap the words “T-Mobile” on a former I-Wireless cell site and call it and “upgrade.”

    What a joke.

  • jumpinjezebel

    Still can’t keep a call or sometimes connect at all on US highway 400 between Joplin and Wichita Kansas. Change name to “T-ImMobile”

    • GeoGuy17

      That stretch of road has a lot of dead spots. That is one of many roads that needs better coverage in Kansas due to the amount of people moving along there. US-54 west of Wichita is a bit of a mess too. I would hope that T-Mobile would bump these areas up but they seem to be forgotten with each expansion project in Kansas.

  • jumpinjezebel

    Greatest Mistake America made in cell phone management was designing a system where every company needed their own towers and spectrum(??) instead of having a system of towers that they all used and were spaced so that the whole country would be covered. Don’t ever make the mistake of going out into the country and expecting “T-ImMobile” to be able to provide you any service in case of emergency.

    • Stephen Kucharski

      Except with new phones if ANY service is in that area when you dial 911 it WILL connect. Even if the phone is showing no service 911 connects to whatever it can almost instantly. Try it oneo like I did. Just expect the police to make a welfare check afterwards.

      • SirStephenH

        It’s not just new phones, it’s been that way for over a decade. Your phone will show a connection but no service when outside your coverage area and within another carrier’s coverage.

        • Stephen Kucharski

          Yeah, but new phones have a plethora of new bands they can see. That’s why I said that, but you are absolutely correct. Thank you.
          The one I tried that on a few years ago actually said “No service” and showed no signal. I accidently dialed 911 and it was instant. Stupid fat fingers of mine!

    • JG

      A single network would mean about a fourth less towers, and full spectrum for everyone. Rather than just 10Mhz of the 600Mhz spectrum, you’d have access to all 100Mhz of it (and the rest of the cellular spectrum).

      The only problem…. Who would manage it? The government? Also, while it doesn’t happen often, occasionally you’ll see headlines about a carrier having technical issues and no one being able to make calls and/or send texts… If that were to happen to the single carrier… Everyone throughout the nation would go dark.

  • none

    Now, instead of deploying 5G below 6GHz, where you need a new phone to support it, lets work on fully refarming all 2G spectrum and 3G spectrum over to LTE…
    In addition, full band 71 spectrum deployment as well…

    Below 6GHz, 5G only offers a 20% performance increase, if any… Just refarming existing 2G/3G spectrum to LTE can give you the same 20% performance increase on existing phones. Combined with the added spectrum from band 66 in cities to reduce congestion, band 71 everywhere in the US, to give excellent fast rural coverage and reduce congestion in cities. It makes you wonder, other than mmWave, whats the hoopla about 5G, when LTE category 18 already has all the great technology that makes 5G so good? And, LTE category 18 signal will still work even on an old phone, only difference is that an old phone won’t use new bands and wont be as fast as a new one.