T-Mobile upgrades 5G network in Tampa just in time for Super Bowl 55


T-Mobile has just revealed that it has made some upgrades to its network in Tampa. One of the changes that it made is adding Ultra Capacity mid-band 5G to this area. As a result, customers can enjoy faster download data speed compared to low-band spectrum. 

This network upgrade comes at a perfect time considering it is also the location for the ongoing Super Bowl 55. With the 2020-2021 NFL season coming to a close on Sunday at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, T-Mobile customers will be able to enjoy fast and stable 5G speeds at the location. 

The new network makes mid-band Ultra Capacity 5G available in downtown Tampa. This means that those watching the Super Bowl 55 at the stadium will get to enjoy mid-band and mmWave service. T-Mobile’s network provides 600MHz signals, mid-band 2.5GHz spectrum, and high-band capabilities to fans watching inside the stadium and in the parking lot. 

And at the same time, those watching from home via streaming services will get to enjoy uninterrupted service. T-Mobile promised:

“All these network upgrades in Tampa mean T-Mobile customers in and around the city will benefit from permanently boosted network capacity for years to come. And with more people watching the big game from home this year, T-Mobile will have customers across the U.S. covered with America’s largest and fastest 5G network. Whether streaming the game over T-Mobile’s network or watching ad replays on social media, T-Mobile customers will be able to do it all on the fastest 5G network in the US.”

How are you watching the Super Bowl this year?

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  • Willie D

    It’s nice they’re able to move so fast at airports and stadiums for ONE SINGLE GAME…yet can’t get any working 5G to work at all in any other area. Hell my LTE was FASTER than 5G on the same frequency block. Subsidizing users at a 3 hour game.

    • weidnerj

      They are bringing in 5g of course as a showcase, but also any concentration of phones on 4g, 3g, 2g, etc will overwhelm the closest tower. So 5G makes sense, as long as EVERYONE has a 5G phone, else you will have the same old issue with too many phones and not enough servicing towers.

    • marque2

      They all tend to upgrade the whole area around the superbowls and add extra temp towers as well. They do it for bragging rights.

    • Shaun Michalak

      You talk like this is an exception, and that it would never be done otherwise.. The only real difference is more along the lines of.. When.. Not if.. Everywhere will eventually get upgraded.. and a lot of places already have been.. The question would be more like, when, then if.. After all, they are T-Mobile, not AT&T.. T-Mobile tends to upgrade all areas, not just some.. Kind of like those areas that AT&T have that still run on only 3G to this day.. I do not think I can name one area that T-Mobile has, that has not already been upgraded to 4G at the minimum.. It is just a long process to get it done..

      Personally, I am not in a huge hurry to get everything upgraded here right now.. New spectrum coming out.. Changes to 5G.. etc.. If they upgraded my area right now, any new spectrum coming out, I doubt we would see any of those upgrades for years to come.. Yet, if they wait a little longer and have it out, then I am more likely to get it in my area..

  • Francisco Peña

    I plan to go to the NFL Experience this week. Will test it out. Was underwhelming before.

  • Glenn Gore

    The carriers always do this in the immediate area surrounding where that years Super Bowl will be played. It lets them show what they can do when they have a properly built out and fully back-haul-provisioned network. It also provides a completely glaring and wide open in public view example of what they are NOT doing anywhere else in their service area across the country.

  • Anthony Robertson Junior

    I work in Downtown Tampa so I’m curious to see how well this works during and post Super Bowl. I wasn’t even aware that T-Mobile has mmWave. Would love to see where those nodes are at to test it. Also I’m curious if this expansion is over the area from Downtown to Raymond James because that’s about a 4 mile stretch.

    • Shaun Michalak

      What is the point of waiting for super bowl to be here?? I mean, think about it.. 95% of the seating is going to be empty, so it is not like the strain on the towers is going to be that great from the people watching it live.. Either way, once it is up, it is up.. They are not going to take any of it down after the super bowl, so it is there to stay..