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

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Lately, T-Mobile has steadily been rolling out more mid-band LTE capacity every couple of weeks or so, and today another round of upgrades has been confirmed.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray today revealed that T-Mo has upgraded hundreds of cell sites with more mid-band LTE capacity in the past two weeks. These upgrades include both PCS and AWS spectrum.

Some of the markets included in this latest round of mid-band LTE capacity upgrades include Sacramento, CA; Chicago, IL; Ashland, KY; and Fort Myers, FL. As usual, you can find the full list of cities and towns that’ve been upgraded below.

  • Sacramento, CA
  • West Sacramento, CA
  • Elk Grove, CA
  • Richmond, CA
  • El Sobrante, CA
  • Pleasant Hill, CA
  • Selma, CA
  • Lancaster, CA
  • Mojave, CA
  • Lompoc, CA
  • Carpinteria, CA
  • Corona, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • Adelanto, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • National City, CA
  • Alhambra, CA
  • Granada Hills, CA
  • Gardena, CA
  • Grand Junction, CO
  • Bridgeport, CT
  • Cape Coral, FL
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • North Fort Myers, FL
  • Wesley Chapel, FL
  • Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Marathon, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Saint Johns, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Columbus, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Laie, HI
  • Boise, ID
  • Woodhull, IL
  • Kewanee, IL
  • Galva, IL
  • Silvis, IL
  • Port Byron, IL
  • Moline, IL
  • Milan, IL
  • Geneseo, IL
  • Fulton, IL
  • East Moline, IL
  • Cordova, IL
  • Colona, IL
  • Coal Valley, IL
  • Carbon Cliff, IL
  • Cambridge, IL
  • Annawan, IL
  • Rock Island, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Spring Grove, IL
  • Des Plaines, IL
  • Deerfield, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Anderson, IN
  • Davenport, IA
  • Wilton, IA
  • Walcott, IA
  • Long Grove, IA
  • Le Claire, IA
  • Eldridge, IA
  • Dixon, IA
  • De Witt, IA
  • Clinton, IA
  • Camanche, IA
  • Blue Grass, IA
  • Bettendorf, IA
  • Wyoming, IA
  • Maquoketa, IA
  • Bellevue, IA
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Norwalk, IA
  • Ames, IA
  • Greenup, KY
  • Ashland, KY
  • Gonzales, LA
  • Raceland, LA
  • Gray, LA
  • Rosedale, MD
  • Nottingham, MD
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Owings Mills, MD
  • District Heights, MD
  • Laurel, MD
  • Quincy, MA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Cascase, MT
  • Tonopah, NV
  • Hillsborough, NJ
  • Eatontown, NJ
  • Palisades Park, NJ
  • Fair Lawn, NJ
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Newark, NJ
  • Kearny, NJ
  • East Orange, NJ
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Hyde Park, NY
  • Williston Park, NY
  • Valley Stream, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Bronx, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Asheville, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Lawton, OK
  • Sheridan, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • San Juan, PR
  • Sturgis, SD
  • El Paso, TX
  • Odessa, TX
  • Childress, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Center Point, TX
  • Pearland, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Woodway, TX
  • Bedford, TX
  • Paris, TX
  • Plano, TX
  • Prince George, VA
  • Yorktown, VA
  • Hampton, VA
  • Poquoson, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Suffolk, VA
  • Chesapeake, VA
  • Carrollton, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Henrico, VA
  • Williamsburg, VA
  • Midlothian, VA
  • Glen Allen, VA
  • Roseland, VA
  • Winchester, VA
  • Vienna, VA
  • Sterling, VA
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Ravensdale, WA
  • Moundsville, WV
  • Charleston, WV
  • Mosinee, WI

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • Sharti24

    Roll out more 600mhz. You need that more than anything

    • slybacon

      You don’t think they are?? It took Verizon 2 years to start deploying 700 mhz and another 2.5 years to be nationwide with their 700 mhz purchase. T-Mobile is only 1 year in since purchasing 600 mhz.

      • marque2

        And they had to wait until the spectrum cleared since in many areas it was occupied by TV stations. They have now started August 14 2018) the major buildup of phase 1 since the TV stations have left and will have most of the country done by the end of next year. Phase I should be done in December. The other phases are much quicker 2 and 3 will be done by April.

        • slybacon

          Utah is part of phase 1. There are only a few 600 MHz sites around the extreme borders of the state, but nothing announced in the populated areas by T-Mo. TV has to clear here by 11/30/18. Someone said it already cleared, but I haven’t found anywhere that says it’s cleared yet.

        • marque2

          If you are part of phase 1, the phase has started and should be completed by mid- December. There is a site that lists all the phases and timelines. I will try to find it again.

        • slybacon

          One site is called Spectrum Gateway. Been there before. Just lists dates given by the FFC.

        • marque2

          www dot rabbitears dot info/phasemap.php?phase=1&maptype=s&channel=52

          This gives the phases (replace the “dots” with “.”) this site seems to block posts with actual URLS

        • Jay Holm

          Any idea if coverage will ever improve at Midway Texas, OSR & 21…coverage is beyond crappy here, have to drive about 5+ miles towards Madisonville and 45 to start getting an LTE signal. 90 on the other side of the 45, 20 miles, no signal at all between Madisonville and Roan’s Prairie…this is an absolute shame in 2018!!!

      • riverhorse

        Wait a minute Sir– this is a Tmo not as good(AND never will be)as Verizon and AT&T site.
        If you will kindly trash Tmo as much as possible…please.

        • slybacon

          A few actually think that’s true.

    • PC_Tool

      They are. Like crazy. Both is good.

      • Jay Holm

        Really? When was the last time there was an announcement of new 600 markets? Cause I don’t recall much recently. . .

        • slybacon

          August 10th, 2018

        • Jay Holm

          Uh huh….and where was the new deployments? You shared half a response, a date, but not location.

        • PC_Tool

          ..included link to this site – site moderates links…of course..

        • thepanttherlady

          Yes, because Disqus is full of people spamming links.

        • riverhorse

          That’s gotta be such an endless chore…my sympathies.

        • PC_Tool

          It’s a bad situation – they really need a way to “approve” links to one’s own own site though. Ah well.

        • riverhorse

          mwah, hah, hah…she strikes again…top of that, your name must attract such suspicion…LOL

        • PC_Tool

          The link is at the top of this very page. “600mhz”

          Are you that lazy, or do you just really really want to be “right” and feel that knowing the actual facts might just put a damper on that?

          I’ll even parse it for you:
          August 10th was the last one. The one before that was July 27th (15 days)…do you need me to continue?

          “When was the last time there was an announcement of new 600 markets?”

          He answered that question completely. The last time was Aug. 10th. Feel free to follow that link up there and read the article for it’s complete details.

        • slybacon

          I shared a full response to your full question.
          Go to the article posted on this freaking website on Aug 10, 2018 and look at the locations yourself!!!

      • Sharti24

        Like Crazy? There’s Not one 600mhz tower in my state of Ohio.

        • PC_Tool

          Click the 600 MHz link at the top of this page.

          New articles about site upgrades on July 27th,Aug 1st, Aug 10th…over 1000 sites already.

          I’m sorry if it’s not specifically in your area yet, but i know you’re smart enough to realize that your area isn’t the entirety of existence and that progress outside of it is still progress.

          Honestly, I would start to consider the problem may be Ohio – have they released any of that spectrum there form the TV stations?

        • PC_Tool

          Check the front page of this site.

          600MHz just got into Ohio. today is your lucky day.

          (Look at that, two network update announcements in a single week…)

          So yeah, like crazy. Go figure.

  • Glenn Gore

    14 states only got one site/city upgraded, this is good progress but they need to do more work on their 600 MHz as from my experience they are keeping 600 throttled to where the midband has a greater reach than the 600. I noticed this when traveling through Oklahoma to Red River and Taos, NM on vacation last week. In the areas where Band 71 is deployed, Band 2 and AWS always had longer reach per site than Band 71, plus the western half of the Oklahoma panhandle doesn’t have LTE from T-Mobile at all, just UMTS. North or south of the panhandle in either Kansas or Texas, and west into New Mexico, LTE coverage is ubiquitous, so they have work to do

    • PC_Tool

      These announcements are coming 1-2 times a week. It’s happening.

      They can’t cover the entire friggin’ nation in one week, ffs.

      • riverhorse

        Their parents tell them,”In my country it’s everywhere, and we don’t have the money the US does.”

        • PC_Tool

          …or the area. :)

        • riverhorse

          Yes, i need to edit the post”in my tiny…””

    • slybacon

      “Mid-band” spectrum (1900/2100 mhz) will never reach farther than 600 mhz. That defies the laws of physics. Mid-band may be on more towers.

      • Glenn Gore

        The closest T-Mobile site to this town is 6 miles away, with a clear line of sight to it. The only other sites in the area are 9, 17, and 22 miles away. All have had Band 2 for years with 2G/EDGE until T-Mobile re-farmed that for LTE 3 years ago, then they added Band 71 to every site in western Oklahoma in the past year.

        At my office 6 miles away from this local site, my LG V30 sits on Band 2 80% of the time, with Band 71 the rest of the time. Generally you have to get within a couple miles of the site before 71 becomes the norm. That indicates that the Band 2 has higher priority in some way, is a stronger signal, or is just the preferred signal the V30 wants to use, or if there is another reason.

        I am suspecting that this has to do with the fact that there is an Oklahoma City TV station 75 mi away that is still operating on UHF DTV chanel 39. It is supposed to move to a new assignment by the end of the year, and this will allow T-Mobile to use Band 71 more effectively.