T-Mobile says hundreds of cell sites have received mid-band LTE capacity upgrades


After announcing a round of mid-band LTE capacity upgrades at the start of February, T-Mobile is wrapping the month up with another batch of upgrades.

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

These mid-band LTE upgrades have been sprinkled throughout the U.S., including a number of upgrades in Maryland. Some of the cities included in these upgrades are Sacramento, CA; Omaha, NE; Richmond, VA; Alamo, TX; and Portland, OR. As usual, I’ve got the full list of cities and towns that’ve been upgraded below.

  • Marana, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Springdale, AR
  • Arroyo Grande, CA
  • Burbank, CA
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • Livermore, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Clemente, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Walnut, CA
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • Panama City, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Albany, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Loganville, GA
  • Pendergrass, GA
  • Waipahu, HI
  • Hagerman, ID
  • Des Monies, IA
  • Marcus, IA
  • Moville, IA
  • Liberal, KS
  • Franklin, LA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Bethesda, MD
  • Bowie, MD
  • Boyds, MD
  • Burtonsville, MD
  • Clinton, MD
  • Columbia, MD
  • Davidsonville, MD
  • Ellicott City, MD
  • Fort Washington, MD
  • Germantown, MD
  • Glen Burnie, MD
  • Glenn Dale, MD
  • Jessup, MD
  • Laurel, MD
  • Lutherville Timonium, MD
  • Odenton, MD
  • Pasadena, MD
  • Pikesville, MD
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Towson, MD
  • Woodstock, MD
  • Burlington, MA
  • Cohasset, MA
  • Concord, MA
  • Danvers, MA
  • Hingham, MA
  • Jamaica Plain, MA
  • Littleton, MA
  • Revere, MA
  • Roslindale, MA
  • Taunton, MA
  • Worcester, MA
  • Harmony, MN
  • Arnold, MO
  • Columbia, MO
  • Omaha, NE
  • Pahrump, NV
  • Sloan, NV
  • Sparks, NV
  • Absecon, NJ
  • Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Beverly, NJ
  • Clifton, NJ
  • Dayton, NJ
  • Edison, NJ
  • Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Lakewood, NJ
  • North Bergen, NJ
  • Palisades Park, NJ
  • Toms River, NJ
  • Union, NJ
  • Westwood, NJ
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • East Elmhurst, NY
  • Farmingville, NY
  • Forest Hills, NY
  • Huntington Station, NY
  • Larchmont, NY
  • Mamaroneck, NY
  • Maspeth, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Old Westbury, NY
  • Patchogue, NY
  • Staten Island, NY
  • West Nyack, NY
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Fletcher, NC
  • Garner, NC
  • Greenville, NC
  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Guymon, OK
  • Beaverton, OR
  • Foster, OR
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • McMinnville, OR
  • Newberg, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • Salem, OR
  • East Stroudsburg, PA
  • Erie, PA
  • Fort Loudon, PA
  • Toa Baja, PR
  • Columbia, SC
  • Simpsonville, SC
  • Sumter, SC
  • McEwen, TN
  • Alamo, TX
  • Azle, TX
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Cotulla, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Friendswood, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Kerrville, TX
  • Pasadena, TX
  • Weslaco, TX
  • Williston, VT
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Clifton, VA
  • Fairfax Station, VA
  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • Lorton, VA
  • Manassas, VA
  • McLean, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Vienna, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • West Point, VA
  • Winchester, VA
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Edmonds, WA
  • Kirkland, WA
  • Redmond, WA
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Big Piney, WY
  • Casper, WY
  • Glenrock, WY
  • Laramie, WY

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • pda96

    Chula Vista, CA? The last couple of days, speed slowed to a crawl! What upgrade are they talking about?

    • slybacon

      Probably because they were upgrading…

    • Iphart

      Probably because they are lying.

  • steveb944

    Glad to see Tampa, FL on there, I get pretty bad signal when on vacation.

  • still nothing for st cloud florida… ugghhh

  • kingRidiculous

    So what does this mean to me as a T-Mo customer in one of these cities? Higher signal strength? How do I know if my phone is compatible with “mid-band LTE”?

    • Jason Caprio

      All phones work on mid-band LTE, which include Band 2 (1900MHz) and Band 4 (2100/1700MHz)

      To me, these silly announcements basically mean that T-Mobile is either improving the backhaul to the towers in these cities, or increasing the channel width/densifying the midband spectrum from said sites.

      • JimmyJ337

        Nothing to do with backhaul.

        • Jason Caprio

          In that case, it’s probably a wider Band 2 1900MHz channel.

        • Sharti24

          Tmobile should use all of their spectrum that allows for it in the first place.

        • JimmyJ337

          wasn’t doable during initial deployment

        • marque2

          I think they do for the most part – but adding new capacity and replacing for technological speed updates costs money. They can’t just use all their bandwidth over Night.

        • JimmyJ337

          its both mid bands, part of the re-farm process

  • James Smith

    More nothing news.

    • KMB877

      I would say this is bad news.
      They are upgrading the capacity because of the existing heavy traffic (read congestion). Why wasn’t this sized correctly during the initial deployment?
      As you’ve said well, “more nothing news”.

      • Daniel

        Because as more customers transition off of HSPA and EDGE they are able to refurbish some of that spectrum into their LTE network.

        • Joe

          Yeah people are dumb amd don’t understand that they can’t just dump all there HSPA all at once.