T-Mobile expands low-band LTE to more cell sites


In addition to expanding its low-band LTE coverage in Puerto Rico, T-Mobile has recently added more low-band LTE in cities across the continental U.S.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that T-Mo has added low-band LTE to dozens of cell sites in U.S. over the past two weeks. These low-band LTE expansions typically include both 600MHz and 700MHz coverage.

Included in this latest rollout are cities like San Francisco, CA; Kansas City, KS, Little Rock, AR; and Columbus, OH. As usual, you can find the full list of cities included in this expansion below.

  • Pittsview, AL
  • Little Rock, AR
  • La Mesa, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Lancaster, CA
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Union City, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Lodi, CA
  • Atwater, CA
  • Fenwick Island, DE
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Naples, FL
  • Woodstock, GA
  • Sardis, GA
  • Hephzibah, GA
  • Warner Robins, GA
  • Sylvester, GA
  • Dekalb, IL
  • Oswego, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Wichita, KS
  • Syracuse, KS
  • Lafayette, LA
  • Saint Martinville, LA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Hastings, MN
  • Cook, MN
  • Henderson, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Sag Harbor, NY
  • New Paltz, NY
  • Queensbury, NY
  • Plattsburgh, NY
  • Kernersville, NC
  • Columbus, OH
  • Brackney, PA
  • Florence, SC
  • Sturgis, SD
  • La Vergne, TN
  • Whites Creek, TN
  • Paris, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Brownsville, TX
  • Mission, TX
  • Pharr, TX
  • Newport News, VA
  • Chesterfield, VA
  • Blacksburg, VA
  • Dublin, VA
  • Pomeroy, WA

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • JStatt

    Seems like Wichita, KS gets these updates every single week. Is that the best city on earth for coverage or what? Lol they’ve even got 600mhz already.

    • Kaulana1989

      Hawaii’s Islands should get enhancements to we have over 10 million people visit each year

      • bkat11

        Agreed! Honolulu could use them

      • slybacon

        Visiting there next week!!

    • GeoGuy17

      The network in Wichita is pretty good. Just don’t go out of town on US-54 to the east or west as the service drops off quickly. It would be nice if those holes would be fixed.

  • NYC Gotti

    Are we ever going to get better coverage in Sanford NC THE COVERAGE IS BAD OUT HERE

  • NYC Gotti

    I moved from NY with Tmobile to Sanford NC , But coverage is bad out here

    • izick

      My dad used to work out there all the time. Coverage is spotty, but do you have a band 71 compatible device for the recent/scheduled network upgrades in NC?

      • NYC Gotti

        I’m about to try , a device that has band 71 , so they getting ready to upgrade this area ?

      • WittyPixel

        wifi calling

      • SirStephenH

        T-Mobile doesn’t own any band 12 in the area and band 71 is part of phase 5 of the repack so he’s SOL for another year.

    • SirStephenH

      You’re going to be waiting a bit for improved coverage. T-Mobile doesn’t own any band 12 in that area and band 71 is still locked up by the local TV stations. Sanford area TV stations are part of phase 5 of the repack and spectrum will be available for band 71 use by September 6, 2019. I’d expect, but don’t quote me on this, that T-Mobile will have band 71 deployed in Sanford by the end of next year.

  • emcdonald75

    I’m shocked that T-Mobile has not touched one tower in MS to upgrade with low band spectrum; especially, due to the wireless carrier’s plans to have Jackson, MS online with Band 71 LTE by the end of the year???

    • Sharti24

      Need low band in Meridan near the Naval base. Who owns the 700mhz A block spectrum there?

      • emcdonald75

        C-Spire, according to Spectrum Omega’s website.

    • Brandon

      I recently called T-Mobile to give them multiple addresses where they’re isn’t any coverage whatsoever in Mississippi. And when the representatives got back to me days later saying that T-Mobile has no plans to put coverage at the addresses in Mississippi.

    • SirStephenH

      T-Mobile can’t just deploy band 71 where they feel like like many people believe. Spectrum has to be cleared by OTA TV stations according to the timeline set by the FCC before band 71 can be deployed.
      That being said, it appears that Jackson *may* recieve band 71 before the year is over. T-Mobile released a map earlier this year of band 71 sites it expects to have operational before the end of the year and Jackson appears to be just inside the expected coverage. WMAW appears to cover at least part of the Eastern outskirts of Jackson and is part of the area not expected to recieve band 71 coverage this year. WMAW is part of phase 7 and the spectrum should be cleared for band 71 use by January 17, 2020.

      • emcdonald75

        Thank you.

      • JG

        Could you share the link to the updated map(s)?

        Would like to check to see if I’ll be getting 600mhz any time soon. I saw the maps awhile back when they were initially releases. But I don’t recall if we were in a TV zone or not.

        Could be helpful in deciding if I pick up a Pixel 3, since it’s supposed to support the band. Or if I wait out the Pixel 4 and hope Google out grows the whole notch idea.

  • Jay Holm

    Hmm, does Houston include Baytown?

  • lsuisme69 .

    Very inaccurate. My phone is band 71 capable. Theres absolutely no 600 in Lafayette Louisiana and Saint Martinville . I know they are not talking about 700 band 12 cuz it’s been operational for 2 years here. Stop lying Magenta

    • SirStephenH

      Are you able to disable all bands besides 71 and have you for your testing? If not then there is no way of telling if there isn’t band 71 available or if you’re simply not connecting to it.

    • SirStephenH

      Update to previous post:

      There was no lie here.

      T-Mobile can’t simply build out band 71 wherever they feel like, the spectrum has to be freed first by TV stations according to the schedule set up by the FCC before it can be used for band 71. The area you’re talking about is part of phase 8 of the repack and therefore the spectrum will be cleared for band 71 use by March 13, 2020.

      Additionally, just because band 12 has been deployed to an area doesn’t mean that every single site has it deployed. Deployments of new bands are typically followed by months of tweaking. Rebalancing and deployment to new sites can continue years afterwards.

  • MindFog2287

    Same around Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, NY.