T-Mobile upgraded hundreds of cell sites with more mid-band LTE capacity in the past two weeks

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Right on schedule, T-Mobile has announced another round of mid-band LTE upgrades two weeks after its previous mid-band expansion.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that T-Mo upgraded hundreds of cell sites with additional mid-band LTE capacity over the past two weeks. These upgrades include both PCS and AWS spectrum.

This latest batch of mid-band LTE capacity upgrades were spread across the country. Some of the cities and towns included in these upgrades are Bakersfield, CA; Omaha, NE; Manchester, MA; Dallas, TX; and Panama City Beach, FL. As usual, we’ve got the full list of markets included in this latest round of upgrades below.

  • Smiths Station, AL
  • Fayettesville, AR
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Coronado, CA
  • Cupertino, CA
  • Daly City, CA
  • Elk Grove, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Orange Cove, CA
  • Palmdale, CA
  • Roseville, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Stockton, CA
  • Aurora, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Bridgeport, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Blountstown, FL
  • Melbourne, FL
  • Panama City Beach, FL
  • Port Orange, FL
  • Port Saint Joe, FL
  • Venice, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Monroe, GA
  • Suwanee, GA
  • Wilder, ID
  • Chicago, IL
  • Lebanon, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Ames, IA
  • Ankeny, IA
  • Urbandale, IA
  • Essex, MD
  • Ashland, MA
  • Bedford, MA
  • Bellingham, MA
  • Canton, MA
  • Fall River, MA
  • Franklin, MA
  • Gloucester, MA
  • Hopkinton, MA
  • Littleton, MA
  • Lynnfield, MA
  • Manchester, MA
  • Middleton, MA
  • Norfolk, MA
  • North Reading, MA
  • Plainville, MA
  • Scituate, MA
  • South Hamilton, MA
  • Westford, MA
  • Wrentham, MA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Wyoming, MI
  • Independence, MO
  • Lees Summit, MO
  • Omaha, NE
  • Bloomfield, NJ
  • Bridgewater, NJ
  • Clifton, NJ
  • East Orange, NJ
  • Edison, NJ
  • Flemington, NJ
  • Garfield, NJ
  • North Arlington, NJ
  • Somerville, NJ
  • South Orange, NJ
  • Union City, NJ
  • West Orange, NJ
  • Bayside, NY
  • Bronx, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Centereach, NY
  • Elmhurst, NY
  • Flushing, NY
  • Hempstead, NY
  • Howard Beach, NY
  • Huntington, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Oakland Gardens, NY
  • Ozone Park, NY
  • Patterson, NY
  • Westbury, NY
  • Yonkers, NY
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Fort Bragg, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Uniontown, OH
  • Cement, OK
  • Albany, OR
  • Pleasant Mount, PA
  • Scranton, PA
  • Arecibo, PR
  • Corozal, PR
  • Dorado, PR
  • Juncos, PR
  • Rio Grande, PR
  • Hope, RI
  • Bennettsville, SC
  • Greenville, SC
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Carthage, TN
  • Converse, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Merkel, TX
  • Round Rock, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Sandy, UT
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Leavenworth, WA
  • Rockport, WV
  • Rawlins, WY
  • Gillette, WY

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • steadymobb

    Yet here I am in SoDo with 1 bar… Thanks v Tmobile!!

  • Jason Caprio

    T-Mobile is a joke at my apartment in Bensalem, PA. My fiancee with a brand new Google Pixel 3 on T-Mobile speedtested around 1.5MBit/sec. My Pixel 2 XL on Verizon speedtests lately around 40 – 80MBit/sec in the same location. Months back it was about 10 – 20MBit/sec, and a year before that was about 5 – 10MBit/sec, so it’s pretty obvious who has really been doing upgrades in my area. T-Mobile has been slow at my apartment for YEARS and yet Verizon over the years has been improving drastically. I know T-Mobile is stepping up their game in many places, but its still not enough.

    Lately Verizon has been getting insanely faster everywhere. More often than not all around Eastern PA and South NJ, I’m getting speeds of at least 100MBit/sec with an average of around 60MBit/sec. I think it’s because Verizon has been lighting up Band 66 as well as refarming their 850MHz CDMA to Band 5 LTE. I see Band 5 showing up a lot on my signalcheck app, and Band 66 tends to show up as a neighbor Cell Band 3 (wrong reporting Android bug).

    I’ve been waiting many years for T-Mobile’s service to improve in my apartment but it seems it never will. Their slow speeds have not improved for us since we both had them since 2014. In 2017 my work provided me with Verizon so that’s why I’m not with T-Mobile anymore.

    • Julian C. Taborda

      Just as a heads up 1 MBit/s (Megabytes) is equal to 8 Mb/s (Megabits). Files sizes are in MB but speed test results are measured in Mb/s so your verizon speedtest at 40-80 Mb/s is equal to about 5-10 MB/s

      • Jason Caprio

        I’m well aware of this lol. Her T-Mobile at 1.5MBit/sec was about ~200KB/sec and my Verizon does around what you said, 5 – 10MB/sec. The fastest I’ve ever seen it around the NYC area which Verizon has more spectrum was about 250MBit/sec or ~32MB/sec.

        • Julian C. Taborda

          Ohhh okay sorry I see so many people make the mistake in distinction I wasn’t sure. Damm 250 Mb/s on Verizon is crazy, fastest i’ve ever gotten on t mobile is about 150 Mb/s in the dead of the night (NYC metro)

        • Jason Caprio

          Well it is honestly very rare to break 100MBit/sec on average. But I’m seeing those speeds much more often in more places lately. In most cases, her T-Mobile has very nice speeds, usually on average of 16 – 40MBit/sec in the Philadelphia metro area (Eastern PA/South NJ)

        • slybacon

          Please use a capital “B” for “Byte” and lower case “b” for “bit.” This is why Julian was confused. Or just spell out the words. :)

    • Sharti24

      Maybe the slow speeds are her being connected to band 12

      • Jason Caprio

        Nah, I checked and she has a semi strong Band 2/4/12 3CA connection. It’s definitely a bandwidth issue on the tower.

        • Brett S

          Do you mean tower bandwidth or backhaul?

          And curious why do you care at home? Do you not have home internet? I couldn’t even tell you how fast T-Mo is st my place because I have WiFi and a T-Mo Cell Spot.

        • Sharti24

          I use my cellular data as much as i can. With home wifi i pay spectrum $20 a month for 3mbps. With tmobile on my 6s plus i pull 130ish down. I use about 70gb a month. If i had 100mbps wifi (spectrum charges $65) then yes i would use wifi at home

        • Brett S

          Well, let’s hope 5G solves that.

        • SirStephenH

          I wish T-Mobile would do LTE/WiFi aggregation so we could use both connections simultaneously. This would lead to people enabling WiFi more often, allowing some traffic to be offloaded onto WiFi, thereby saving T-Mobile money. The plus for the consumer would be higher speeds than using either separately.

        • Sharti24

          Wasnt the S5 capable of doing that?

    • Iphart

      You don’t use WiFi in your apt?

      • Jason Caprio

        Yea we do use Wifi, but this is just for sake of comparison in LTE service.

    • SirStephenH

      Just because you see band 66 popping up does not mean that there is added capacity. Band 4 is included in and superseded by band 66. Band 66 simply adds a couple of blocks of spectrum to band 4 and they can both coexist on the same tower, utilizing the exact same spectrum. T-Mobile started deploying band 66 on all of its towers after the rollout of the extra spectrum brought by band 66 was complete. T-Mobile towers will prefer band 66 over band 4 even when there’s no band 66 spectrum that requires it and band 4 would do equally as well.

      “Months back it was about 10 – 20MBit/sec, and a year before that was about 5 – 10MBit/sec, so it’s pretty obvious who has really been doing upgrades in my area.”

      Wait. So the speeds have doubled within past months and you’re complaining that they aren’t doing anything?

      • Jason Caprio

        I was talking about Verizon’s speed increasing over time. T-Mobile generally won’t go over 1.5MBit/sec unless it’s 3AM, then it might do 8MBit/sec at our apt.

        • SirStephenH

          Ah, gotcha.

          Sounds like an issue with low cell density and low capacity low-band. Band 71 deployment will probably help a lot.

  • Brett S

    I was in Beverly Hills the other day and got amazing speeds. It made me wonder if the reason it’s so fast there it that they don’t have people trying to use their cell phones for home internet or streaming movies like in poorer areas?

    • Iphart

      Lol, no you were probably close to a cell tower.

      • Brett S

        Maybe, but Beverly Hills, and nicer area in general, seem faster. Poorer areas seem slow everywhere. That’s just anecdotal but I have to wonder if it’s because of how people use their service differently.

        • Trevnerdio

          That and you’d be hard-pressed to find literally anyone in Beverly Hills not using Verizon.

        • Brett S

          Why would you think that? Beverly Hills isn’t rural at all.

        • Trevnerdio

          I would say that because anyone who can afford to live in BH can and will get Verizon.

        • Brett S

          Well of course but why would they want Verizon? T-Mobile has way better coverage and speeds in Los Angeles. Verizon is primarily rural.

        • Trevnerdio

          It’s true that T-Mobile does have better cell density.

        • Omar Boyer

          No its not East LA , Boyle heights ,city terrace which are considered “ghetto poor” areas have great speeds on T-Mobile even better than At&t and verizon . 150mbps + in them areas . Ive tried all 3 except sprint. 2nd fastest is At&t 75 to 100mbps+ . As a matter of fact if u dont believe me verizon is really slow in them ” ghetto areas ” go and see for yourself many say its because verizon dont care about those poor areas. But i aint buying it . I have family that live in those areas and they can afford verizon some even have 2 jobs so they can deff afford verizon . And i told them why dont u have verizon? Same answer been there done that tried them its slow and dropped calls . so most have metro or tmobile or even At&t since it works better in everything oh and btw everyone i know has wifi in that area in their house so DON’T think all they do is stream movies over 4G on their phone even tho they live in those poor areas they all can afford wifi .Oh and btw everytime i go visit my Aunt in East LA i connect my phone to her wifi she has spectrum at 450 mbps them poor areas are covered by spectrum internet real good

    • SirStephenH

      It has to do with cell density. Cities and high traffic areas have a greater number of cell towers than more sparsely populated and out of the way areas. Higher cell density provides a stronger signal as well as higher speeds and capacity. Focusing on areas where most people live and work, as is done by all carriers, provides a far
      greater bang for the buck than trying to provide equal coverage, capacity, and speeds to every single person.

      • Brett S

        Nope – I’m talking about urban wealthy areas vs. urban poor areas. Density is at parity. The population not being a variable what’s left other than user behavior? In fact the poor areas are even more dense, which I guess could be a factor.

        But the bottom line is I am pretty sure rich people don’t stream video on cellular or use their phones as their home WiFi like so many seem to do. I get it. I’ve done it. But I think it’s important to be honest about the causes of slow speeds and they’re not alway the carriers fault. When people abuse the network that’s what happens.

        • SirStephenH

          A place like Beverly Hills is higher traffic and has a higher tourism rate than most poor urban areas. This leads to greater cell use and investment and was covered by “high traffic areas” in my post.

  • Stephen Lee

    Southern Wisconsin where most of the population is and where signal is horrid in Madison, never seems to be on these lists

    • Jason Caprio

      Well it is no wonder. T-Mobile ranks dead last on the state level rootmetrics score for Wisconsin. Verizon pretty much destroys all competition in that state, even well beyond AT&T.