100Mbps T-Mobile "Wideband LTE" just went live in NYC

100Mbps T-Mobile
T-Mobile has been doing a great job this past year of upgrading its network, which used to be the butt of many jokes. The service is pretty good now, even when you leave a major metro area, but it looks like T-Mobile is working on some big upgrades for the biggest metro area in the US. T-Mobile announced today that it has turned on "Wideband LTE" for users in NYC.

Specifically, this "Wideband LTE" has been turned on in Manhattan, as well as the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, and Northern NJ. The upgrade is said to offer dramatically better speeds and performance on T-Mobile's data network, and could even offer speeds that top 100Mbps, which would be quite impressive. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said in a statement: 

T-Mobile already has Wideband LTE running in many major regions in the US, including Boston, LA, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, and more. (Full list in the source). 

source: T-Mobile



1. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

TMobile's coverage is still a joke. Tmobile still using 2G in rural areas where Verizon has LTE and Att has 3G/HSDPA+ is a joke. Love them, but if you aren't in a big city, forget it.

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

T-Mobile has already stated that a vast majority of it will upgraded by the end of Q2. You gotta start somewhere.

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

T-Mobile's network sharing deal with AT&T has been changing that significantly. There are many rural areas that used to be EDGE, but are now offering LTE. The rollout is incomplete, but there have been massive improvements over the past year.

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Sharing is irrelevant - you get a paltry 50MB of roaming data, useless.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The vast majority of people live in a city or a major suburb. You take care of the bulk of your customers first. And yea, Tmobile said 2g is about to get a major upgrade this year.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

So what? Att and Verizon already took care of that issue like over a year ago.

12. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Verizon & ATT have also been around for over a decade longer than TMo and have had more cash on hand to do the rollouts that they wanted. You mean to tell me that you expect the smallest of the 4 carriers to have a network ready to go with the flip of a switch the way that Verizon did with a fraction of the customers and revenue? They're doing leaps and bounds better than Sprint, who is somewhat larger and has had so much more time to roll out their network and still can't manage good throughput on their network. You need to invest in better logic.

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

Someone finally making some sense around here. +1

18. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Apologies don't give me more network coverage. And bringing up sprint doesn't help since they were idiots and went to wimax instead of LTE. Notice how I also said "love them" so it wasn't a hate fest. But bringing out super fast LTE while the rest of your network still lags in 2G land isn't setting the correct priorities.

19. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Actually, you take care of ugrading network coverage first. Then you can play around 100mbps that pretty much no one needs...

13. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Coverage is T-Mobile's problem, not speeds. They are way behind AT&T and Sprint in terms of overall coverage, not to mention Verizon. And now with Verizon launching XLTE and Sprint Spark, those speed advantages are going away. Many Spark and XLTE markets already have 70mbps download speeds and Sprint is expected to reach 120-180mbps by the end of 2015 with Spark. T-Mobile needs more towers as they have the smallest native nationwide footprint, by far.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

So, you want to talk smack about the future when Tmobile's network is CURRENTLY 100mps capable. lol. ATT has coverage due to roaming agreements. TMobile is quickly fixing their "problems" with the new spectrum from VZW they just bought as well as roaming agreements. Without those agreements, ATT is no bigger than TMobile.

17. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

I am not talking smack about TMO. I like what they're doing and the speeds are great but sorry to tell you that any way you slice it, both AT&T and Sprint have much larger coverage areas than T-Mobile which is where they are lacking. If they had the coverage to match AT&T as you mention, with their speeds, both AT&T and Sprint would not exist and Verizon would be loosing customers left and right.

20. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Are you kidding me? ATT native coverage is HUGE, and don't need roaming agreements much anymore except in like Nebraska. Get real, T-mo has terrible coverage, and you know it. And besides, 100mbps is a marketing gimmick.... Stop drinking the cool aid bro.

21. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

@remixfa You must not travel much because the few people I know with T-mobile constantly complain about poor coverage anytime they leave a metro area or highway. They usually complain of Edge only or most of the time zero coverage. If you look it up you will realize that Verizon is coverage king at just over 300 million POPS, AT&T is right at 300 million, Sprint is just under 300 million (very close to AT&T) and T-mobile is a distant fourth at just over 250 million POPS.

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

You're pretty close. They currently have 260 million covered by LTE, but they plan to have 300 million before the end of 2015. That would be put them on damned near equal footing with the rest.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I've been getting 60mb/s + in Jax for a lil while now. Its fun.

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

US carriers don't keep coverage maps for customers to check?!

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Tmobile does. Go to their sight and click on coverage http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.html

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