T-Mobile upgrades hundreds of cell sites with more mid-band LTE capacity

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One week after T-Mobile announced a round of mid-band LTE upgrades, it’s got another batch of upgrades to tell us about.

T-Mobile has upgraded hundreds of cell sites with more mid-band LTE capacity, says T-Mo CTO Neville Ray. These upgrades include both PCS and AWS spectrum.

This is a pretty sizable batch of upgrades, and it includes cities like Phoenix, AZ; Jacksonville, FL; Des Moines, IA; Klamath Falls, OR; Wilmington, DE; and Rochester, MN. You can check out the full list of cities and towns that were recently upgraded with more mid-band LTE capacity below.

  • Buckeye, AZ
  • Casa Grande, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Quartzsite, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Mountain Home, AR
  • Sheridan, AR
  • Brawley, CA
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • Compton, CA
  • Concord, CA
  • El Centro, CA
  • Fortuna, CA
  • Gilroy, CA
  • Harbor City, CA
  • Highland, CA
  • Indio, CA
  • Lake Elsinore, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Malibu, CA
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • Merced, CA
  • Northridge, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Orange, CA
  • Perris, CA
  • Rancho Cordova, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • San Clemente, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Marcos, CA
  • San Mateo, CA
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • Shingle Springs, CA
  • Spring Valley, CA
  • Temecula, CA
  • Torrance, CA
  • Tulare, CA
  • Upland, CA
  • Vista, CA
  • West Hollywood, CA
  • Winchester, CA
  • Aurora, CO
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Bradenton, FL
  • Brooksville, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Palmetto, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Venice, FL
  • Ashburn GA
  • Cave Spring, GA
  • Conley, GA
  • Duluth, GA
  • Ellenwood, GA
  • Fairburn, GA
  • Forest Park, GA
  • Grayson, GA
  • Greenville, GA
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Marietta, GA
  • McDonough, GA
  • Roswell, GA
  • Savannah, GA
  • Smyrna, GA
  • Tucker, GA
  • Nampa, ID
  • Benton, IL
  • Lake Zurich, IL
  • Rochelle, IL
  • Royalton, IL
  • Sesser, IL
  • Staunton, IL
  • Sycamore, IL
  • Crown Point, IN
  • Mount Vernon, IN
  • Anamosa, IA
  • Atlantic, IA
  • Cambridge, IA
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Hazleton, IA
  • Mitchellville, IA
  • Montezuma, IA
  • Mount Sterling, IA
  • New Sharon, IA
  • Sac City, IA
  • Williamsburg, IA
  • Cadiz, KY
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Aberdeen, MD
  • Brookeville, MD
  • Catonsville, MD
  • Derwood, MD
  • Ellicott City, MD
  • Flintstone, MD
  • Fort Washington, MD
  • Fulton, MD
  • Germantown, MD
  • Glen Burnie, MD
  • Greenbelt, MD
  • Gwynn Oak, MD
  • Halethorpe, MD
  • Havre de Grace, MD
  • Laurel, MD
  • Little Orleans, MD
  • Middle River, MD
  • Montgomery Village, MD
  • Oxon Hill, MD
  • Pittsville, MD
  • Potomac, MD
  • Princess Anne, MD
  • Rockville, MD
  • Rosedale, MD
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Upper Marlboro, MD
  • Lawrence, MA
  • Big Rapids, MI
  • Cadillac, MI
  • Ewen, MI
  • Gaylord, MI
  • Harbor Springs, MI
  • Lake City, MI
  • Newport, MI
  • White Cloud, MI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Rochester, MN
  • Biloxi, MS
  • Gulfport, MS
  • Annapolis, MO
  • Bonne Terre, MO
  • Buffalo, MO
  • Caledonia, MO
  • Chamois, MO
  • Marionville, MO
  • Warrenton, MO
  • Bellevue, NE
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Reno, NV
  • Manchester, NH
  • Annandale, NJ
  • Bayonne, NJ
  • Beachwood, NJ
  • Bloomfield, NJ
  • Branchville, NJ
  • Camden, NJ
  • Dover, NJ
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • East Orange, NJ
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • Fairfield, NJ
  • Fort Lee, NJ
  • Livingston, NJ
  • Maplewood, NJ
  • Monroe Township, NJ
  • New Milford, NJ
  • Newark, NJ
  • Paterson, NJ
  • Somerset, NJ
  • Vernon, NJ
  • Voorhees, NJ
  • West New York, NJ
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Bay Shore, NY
  • Bellport, NY
  • Bronx, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Center Moriches, NY
  • Centereach, NY
  • Cutchogue, NY
  • East Berne, NY
  • East Moriches, NY
  • Farmingville, NY
  • Flushing, NY
  • Getzville, NY
  • Greenport, NY
  • Hauppauge, NY
  • Holbrook, NY
  • Holtsville, NY
  • Middle Island, NY
  • Moriches, NY
  • Mount Sinai, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Newburgh, NY
  • Ozone Park, NY
  • Patchogue, NY
  • Plainview, NY
  • Ridge, NY
  • Rochester, NY
  • Ronkonkoma, NY
  • Smithtown, NY
  • Stony Brook, NY
  • Warwick, NY
  • Westhampton, NY
  • Yaphank, NY
  • Cary, NC
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Huntersville, NC
  • Monroe, NC
  • Oxford, NC
  • Pineville, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Winston Salem, NC
  • Minot AFB, ND
  • Portland, ND
  • Fargo, OK
  • Klamath Falls, OR
  • Blue Bell, PA
  • Mount Morris, PA
  • Oil City, PA
  • Washington, PA
  • Bayamon, PR
  • Cayey, PR
  • Corozal, PR
  • Mayaguez, PR
  • Ponce, PR
  • San Juan, PR
  • Providence, RI
  • Pendleton, SC
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Austin, TX
  • Baytown, TX
  • Bonham, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • George West, TX
  • Jacksboro, TX
  • Jasper, TX
  • Lorena, TX
  • Mission, TX
  • Rio Grande City, TX
  • Tulia, TX
  • Clearfield, UT
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Ashburn, VA
  • Falls Church, VA
  • Harrisonburg, VA
  • Henrico, VA
  • McLean, VA
  • New Market, VA
  • Portsmouth, VA
  • Quantico, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • South Boston, VA
  • Sterling, VA
  • Woodbridge, VA
  • Buckley, WA
  • Packwood, WA
  • Petersburg, WV
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • steveb944

    Welcome addition to Tampa. It’s not great when I travel there.

  • MindFog2287

    My hometown has now had it’s midband capacity increased three times in the last four months or so now, according to these announcements.

  • kanakamaoli

    How about adding more band 12 upgrades to metro Honolulu, Waikiki, Ala Moana. Out of about 6-7 towers there’s only one has band 12. And it’s on the opposite east side of Waikiki where it is less dense with concrete buildings? On the south west end of our major Ala Moana Shopping center standing on the side walk outside, and in the food court area there is absolutely no signal? Need to address area the most. And oh one more area On Diamond head road starting at the light house for about a.1/4 miles stretch to the west it a dead area too.

    • Sharti24

      They skipped installing 700mhz on towers due to the towers being spaced for 1900mhz. If they placed 700mhz on every tower they own there would be interference since the signal travels farther. Hopefully they add 600mhz on towers that dont have 700mhz. In theory that should work out great for coverage.

      • none

        But, couldn’t the towers adjust their TX power to avoid interfering with other towers?
        Also, the phones connect to whichever tower is closest/has stronger signal, so wouldn’t the phone be able to work out whichever tower is the best to connect to?

        I only see an issue happening if you happen to be exactly equidistant between two towers with the same TX power and in the same weather conditions and no elevation differences or other geographic anomalies.

        • Sharti24

          They could but that would be a lot of work/time/money. Tmobile does things on the cheap, this is one of the reasons why they’re in 3rd place

        • SirStephenH

          Lowering the TX power will negatively effect building penetration.

      • marque2

        They need some overlap no? Isn’t that how phones switch from tower to tower while moving?

      • kanakamaoli

        I’m not saying add 700mhz to all the towers. Simply add enough to cover the dead areas. Especially, in the south area in front of our largest shopping center, there is no excuse not to have signal there. And I’m talking outside standing on the side walk or in the food court area not even 2g, nada.I been with t-mo since 2012.its always been a dead zone.It was never a problem there when I was with Nextel and later with sprint.

  • Steve Park

    Wow, finally an update in Kentucky, but Cadiz??????? Where is that?

  • none

    Now, if only T-Mobile was using better backhaul…
    I live close to a band 4 20x20MHz tower, and there is no congestion(because I’m on the outskirts of town where few people live), yet I rarely receive more than 12Mbps on LTE…
    Now, maybe OneWeb satellites will fix it(supposedly cell carriers have bought bandwidth from OneWeb to use for backhaul once the satellites are actually launched).

    • marque2

      It might not be backhall. In Temecula at the library I can download 200mbs but just a mile away at my kids dance school I am lucky to load a web page. I am guessing that has to do with hilly terrain. You might have similar issues.

      • none

        I do live in a hilly area, however, I can see the tower from my house, it’s less than 0.75 mile away….
        My signal does fluctuate a bit, goes from 1 bar to 5 bars within the span of 10 minutes even though I haven’t moved.
        I have a clear line of sight between my phone and the tower(house has lots of windows, and is facing right towards the tower. Only trees are small ones not tall enough to affect signal much)

        The T-Mobile team comes out once a month and “fixes” the tower, the issue goes away for about 2 weeks, then it comes back.

        Interestingly, Verizon and ATT also use the same tower, and they are having the same problems.

        Maybe the whole tower just needs replaced?

        • SirStephenH

          Just because you can see a tower doesn’t mean that you’re connecting to it. Fluctuations like what you’re experiencing are usually do to your phone hopping between towers.

        • Jay Holm

          I wonder if it would make a difference if it were 100ft taller?

        • none

          According to the T-Mobile rep out here, the problem is a combination of the local geography(I know multipath is an issue. HAM radio operators, such as myself, seem to have similar issues), and they suspect that there is interference from a nearby Verizon tower and/or a nearby AT&T tower, they have already contacted both AT&T and Verizon, they say that their towers are fine.

          They also say that they are adding band 12 soon…. That might improve things a bit.

    • SirStephenH

      If you’re on the outskirts of a town then the network probably isn’t that dense and you are seeing congestion.

  • Jay Holm

    Woah, where I live is listed! Baytown Texas, probably just one particular tower though…