T-Mobile confirms more mid-band LTE capacity upgrades made over the last two weeks


More mid-band LTE capacity upgrades have been deployed by T-Mobile.

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

T-Mo has been on a pretty steady roll with deploying mid-band LTE and low-band LTE network upgrades on a bi-weekly basis, and that trend continues today. Included in this latest batch of mid-band LTE upgrades are markets like Phoenix, AZ; Atlanta, GA; Ames, IA; Boxborough, MA; and Sammamish, WA. As usual, I’ve got the full list of upgraded cities and towns below.

  • Page, AZ
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Chico, CA
  • Gustine, CA
  • Stockton, CA
  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Fremont, CA
  • Millbrae, CA
  • Ridgecrest, CA
  • Santa Maria, CA
  • Orange, CA
  • Beaumont, CA
  • Baldwin Park, CA
  • Granada Hills, CA
  • Monrovia, CA
  • Lakewood, CA
  • Pico Rivera, CA
  • Placerville, CO
  • Peyton, CO
  • Henderson, CO
  • Englewood, CO
  • West Haven, CT
  • North Port, FL
  • North Palm Beach, FL
  • Wewahitchka, FL
  • Vernon, FL
  • Panama City, FL
  • Hephzibah, GA
  • Athens, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Jonesboro, GA
  • Tucker, GA
  • Alpharetta, GA
  • Eagle, ID
  • Chicago, IL
  • Hinsdale, IL
  • Mokena, IL
  • Crystal Lake, IL
  • Terre Haute, IN
  • Saint John, IN
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Elkhart, IA
  • Ames, IA
  • Middle River, MD
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • Greenbelt, MD
  • Glenn Dale, MD
  • Arlington, MA
  • Lexington, MA
  • Whitman, MA
  • Plymouth, MA
  • Abington, MA
  • Halifax, MA
  • Carver, MA
  • Bridgewater, MA
  • North Weymouth, MA
  • Walpole, MA
  • Norfolk, MA
  • Hingham, MA
  • Cohasset, MA
  • Nahant, MA
  • Saugus, MA
  • Sudbury, MA
  • Stow, MA
  • Boxborough, MA
  • Cambridge, MN
  • Springfield, MO
  • Rolla, MO
  • Troy, MO
  • Plentywood, MT
  • Stateline, NV
  • Orovada, NV
  • Morristown, NJ
  • Dover, NJ
  • Freehold, NJ
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • North Bergen, NJ
  • Hatch, NM
  • Dulce, NM
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Waterloo, NY
  • East Quogue, NY
  • Lindenhurst, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Mount Vernon, NY
  • Staten Island, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Winston Salem, NC
  • South Point, OH
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Fletcher, OK
  • Marietta, OK
  • Scranton, PA
  • State College, PA
  • Bayamon, PR
  • Juana Diaz, PR
  • Mayaguez, PR
  • Cranston, RI
  • Piedmont, SC
  • Columbia, SC
  • Big Spring, TX
  • Midland, TX
  • Donna, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Sealy, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Hampton, VA
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Springfield, VA
  • Leavenworth, WA
  • Monroe, WA
  • Sammamish, WA
  • Weston, WV
  • Ravenswood, WV
  • Yawkey, WV
  • Mount Alto, WV
  • Elkview, WV
  • Stratford, WI
  • Neillsville, WI
  • Richland Center, WI

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • marque2

    I haven’t heard much about the band 71 phases in a long time – not since Phase 1 started. It would be interesting to know if Tmo is on time and just howich 600mhz band they are putting in.

    • PC_Tool

      …there was a 600Mhz upgrade announcement here only eight days ago..

      (Scroll towards the top of the page and hit the “600mhz” link)

      • marque2

        Yeah maybe. I think what I am wondering – phase 1 just ended and yet in most of the Phase 1 are there is no evidence of Band 71. Take Tucson AZ as an example. It was part of phase one – bit per Tmos coverage map – there is nothing. What happened?

        • marque2

          I have been looking at coverage maps of what is up in Tucson, and Southern AZ since phase 1 ended, which was suppose to allow Tmo to fill the southern state, and there is nothing. At worst Tmo is lying to us about activity, and only putting in 600 MHz in a few plum spots.

        • SirStephenH

          The phase just ended two weeks ago. It’s not as easy as flipping a switch. The end of the phase means that they can begin deployment, not that they can flip a switch and boom, coverage.

        • marque2

          Then why did they have a begin date for the phase – Sept through November? Seems pointless to have a begin date when they won’t start even contemplating stuff until after then end of the phase. I would figure they would have begun deployment in September and started turning it all pn in the first few weeks of December.

          I get what you are saying. Yeah they need to do backend network stuff – but somehow it seems phase one areas are not important enough. I umderatand limited resources as well and they want to show their love for Phoenix

    • SirStephenH

      The last T-Mobile announcement on its year-end band 71 goal said that it’s well ahead of schedule.

  • Dan

    I guess the jersey shore is never getting band 12 or 71. Been stuck on 10×10 B4 since october 2014. Comes to a crawl during peek hours of the day.

    • SirStephenH

      New Jersey is part of phase 4 of the TV repack. Band 71 spectrum won’t be available for deployment until the phase is completed on 08-02-2019. This is the schedule set up by the FCC so don’t blame T-Mobile.

  • Sharti24

    Off topic but will towers broadcast both 600 and 700mhz simultaneously? If so, do they need new antennas or can you use current 700mhz antennas for both?

    • marque2

      In the Tucson area where supposedly we have 600mhz because phase 1 ended, we still only have 700mhz. If it were that easy they would have just flipped a switch and Viola! 600 MHz would appear.

      • SirStephenH

        Phase 1 just ended two weeks ago so give it some time, there’s a ton of mileage just opened up for deployment.

        If T-Mobile reuses the antennas then most, if not all, of the hardware should be ready to go with a software patch. There’s a lot of other work to do besides that before they can flip the switch though.

    • SirStephenH

      They do broadcast both from the same tower. I believe carriers can use 700MHz antennas for both, whether T-Mobile does that is another question. An antenna built for 600MHz would definitely be better but there wouldn’t be much of a difference in the end.

  • Mintz

    To whoever responsible for writing these articles, with city, state names listed…
    I’ve noticed, that they are never in alphabetical order

    Please (going forward), have the cities sorted by State, CITY – it’s easier to read!!!

    • Red

      Ah, the agony of having to read slowly through fifteen or twenty names… how will we ever survive? :-O

      • Mintz

        It’s not agony – it’s logical…

        Why not just scramble it altogether… not sort order…
        And BTW – how difficult is it to SORT…

        • marque2

          They could even make each city/state a word scramble so you have to unscramble the letters before you can find out the city.

  • Patrick McLaughlin

    Not only have noticed band 4 upgrades in Eagle, ID ( west of Boise) but I’ve noticed band 2 and I saw band 71 for the first time on the same tower using my iPhone Xs. I now have full signal in areas I only had 1-2 bars before. It covers most of Central Eagle.

  • mikeZo6

    still NO UPGRADES AT ALL northeast philly mayfair speeds bad band 71 NOT around at all

    • SirStephenH

      This is not a low-band (bands 12 and 71) announcement.

      If you have a specific issue with coverage then dial 411 from your T-Mobile phone or direct message T-Mobile help on Twitter to get in contact with T-Mobile support. It works, I’ve gotten coverage improved in areas before, just make sure to have speed tests, band info, and personally mapped coverage handy. They can’t fix what they don’t know about.

  • Was in the Freehold Raceway Mall the past two weeks. Signal has not been any better, and even the T-Mobile Retail Store reps were saying their network performance has been crappy lately. Maybe it’s the onslaught of customers in the mall for the holiday rush, but if these are supposed to be “upgrades,” none of us are seeing or feeling it.

  • NewWave80’sChick

    There are vast areas of northeast Alabama that have not had any service improvements in years. I have been a T-Mobile customer from even before when it was VoiceStream (in 1996) and service sucks as bad today as it did back then. I get 1 bar and I am less than 2 miles from a tower. T-Mobile knows about it, they just don’t want to fix it.