T-Mobile says more low-band LTE upgrades made over the past two weeks

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Two weeks after T-Mobile last announced a round of low-band LTE upgrades, the carrier has confirmed another batch of upgrades.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that T-Mo deployed more low-band LTE upgrades over the past two weeks. These upgrades include 600MHz (LTE band 71) and 700MHz (LTE band 12).

Some of the cities included in this latest round of low-band LTE upgrades include Spokane, WA; Phoenix, AZ; Miami, FL; Buffalo, NY; and Minneapolis, MN. As usual, I’ve got the full list of cities and towns included in this batch of upgrades below.

  • Chandler, AZ
  • Lake Havasu City, AZ
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Morristown, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Pine, AZ
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Hartman, AR
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Barstow, CA
  • Blythe, CA
  • El Cajon, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • Kettleman City, CA
  • Parlier, CA
  • Rio Dell, CA
  • Santa Maria, CA
  • Cortez, CO
  • Brooksville, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Hazelton, ID
  • Frostburg, MD
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Eldon, MO
  • High Ridge, MO
  • Jefferson City, MO
  • Lebanon, MO
  • Henderson, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • North Las Vegas, NV
  • Pahrump, NV
  • Paterson, NJ
  • West New York, NJ
  • Cedar Crest, NM
  • Deming, NM
  • Farmington, NM
  • Veguita, NM
  • Amityville, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Hempstead, NY
  • Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Williston Park, NY
  • Fairmont, NC
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • King, NC
  • Center, ND
  • Montville, OH
  • Stow, OH
  • Gervais, OR
  • Mahaffey, PA
  • McKeesport, PA
  • Ridgway, PA
  • Caguas, PR
  • Carolina, PR
  • Guaynabo, PR
  • San Juan, PR
  • Toa Alta, PR
  • Trujillo Alto, PR
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Wagner, SD
  • Centerville, TN
  • Springville, TN
  • El Paso, TX
  • Gatesville, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Kirbyville, TX
  • Shiner, TX
  • Waco, TX
  • Ephraim, UT
  • Midvale, UT
  • Ogden, UT
  • Provo, UT
  • Riverton, UT
  • West Jordan, UT
  • West Valley City, UT
  • Lynchburg, VA
  • Centralia, WA
  • Forks, WA
  • Hoquiam, WA
  • Moses Lake, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Danbury, WI

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • dontsh00tmesanta

    600mhz?

    • JimmyJ337

      don’t understand your question

      T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that T-Mo deployed more low-band LTE upgrades over the past two weeks. These upgrades include 600MHz (LTE band 71) and 700MHz (LTE band 12)

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        How to tell which areas got what

        • JimmyJ337

          by this list, you can’t.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Yup

  • marque2

    Mmm – just noticed they added 700 mhz in my part of San Diego. Interestingly this has made my reception worse. The phone now connects to 700 kHz because it sees it as a stronger signal so now I get worse performance in both voice and data than the slightly weaker band 4. This might be a phone programming issue.

    • Peter Bergonzi

      You might be able to have the phone not use that band from one of the service menus. Google may help.

    • SirStephenH

      Give it a few months. Carriers tweak things over the few months following a new deployment so things may still improve.

    • none

      700kHz? I wasn’t aware T-Mobile was deploying VLF band :) You must be getting something like 3.2kB/minute…..

      Do you mean 700MHz?

      Your phone would have to have an awfully long antenna to connect to a 700kHz signal….

      • marque2

        Good thing you caught that typo. Now the world won’t come to an end!

  • J Clark

    I have seen a few hits on Band 71 in MN on my LG V40. I spend most of my time in the Metro Minneapolis area, and T-Mobile has been deploying in rural areas in MN and moving inward toward the larger cities (with the exception of Rochester, MN, where they have already deployed band 71). Further, they are using band 71 in the pockets where they previously had no spectrum, like far SE MN – Caledonia, Houston, and the like. It is progress. They are slowly but very surely getting to coverage parity with VZW and ATT in rural areas. They also tend to exceed both of the big 2 – especially ATT – in speeds and latency in the metro areas. It was worth the switch from being on VZW for over 15 years. I hope they can keep it up, and also deploy more macro sites and small cells. Thankfully, one thing MN did right was to pass a statewide law in 2017 to make small cell deployment costs and regulations uniform and reasonably affordable. As a result, I have seen many more small cells deployed in suburban areas more quickly than I would have expected – regardless of carrier.

    T-Mobile has also invested somewhat in FTT tower even in rural areas as the economics allow. Would love to see them get fiber to all sites eventually, but the build costs can be really prohibitive. Often, rural cellular sites use licensed Microwave for uplink to other sites, but even that is expensive and not quite as reliable as terrestrial fiber. Pulling fiber to a rural tower can cost six to seven digits, and in the case of wireless carriers, the carrier has to foot the entire cost because the additive qualities (opportunity to re-sell to other homes or businesses) of metro-class fiber in those areas is minimal – fiber builds have to be able to fund themselves with the selected carrier and the fiber provider usually doesn’t just proactively opt to put fiber in the ground hoping someone else will buy services (anymore). Thankfully, MN often has more fiber options in rural areas, compared to many other sparsely populated states. Aerial communications (one of the early PCS carriers) is the original predecessor carrier to T-Mo here and did a decent job with secondary market buildout. T-Mo has been able to build on that and make MN a very competitive market to the big 2. Band 71 will only enhance that position for 4G LTE, and by deploying only a small amount of Band 71 for 4G, leaves a great pathway to low-band 5G for fixed wireless service as competition to terrestrial broadband going forward.

    This may not play out this way in every market, but T-Mobile is doing good things in MN and even the Dakotas, where Band 12 and Band 71 are being deployed aggressively.

  • James Smith

    Still no service indoors.