T-Mobile's LTE network now covers 180 million people in 154 markets

T-Mobile's LTE network now covers 180 million people in 154 markets
T-Mobile has been working hard to expand its LTE network as quickly as possible. The carrier first launched its LTE network in just 7 markets back in March of this year. Now, less than 6 months later, T-Mobile's LTE network has been expanded to cover 154 markets and 180 million people. That's quite an impressive expansion, and obviously the company isn't done yet.

This comes as T-Mobile has just lit up 38 new markets since the last time T-Mobile announced the progress back in July. Back then, the carrier's LTE network covered 116 markets and 157 million people. So, those 38 markets haven't all been that big, considering the expansion has only added 23 million people in those 38 markets. 

Still, it keeps T-Mobile well on track to hit its goal of reaching 200 million people with its LTE network by the end of 2013. 

source: AllThingsD



1. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

Maybe by 2015 they'll have the coverage of Verizon or AT&T!

3. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Getting better all the time!

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's more than half the population of the U.S in 6 months. It's definitely going fast. Not only that, but all those towers they're putting up are LTE-A capable, so they're LTE-A network will have a good head start.

6. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

I didn't think any US carriers were using LTE-A. I know Verizon's plan is their AWS 2100 Mhz spectrum. I don't know if they even have LTE-A plans yet.

9. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

From what I heard tmobiles lte network is the first in the US to be LTE advance ready not even verizons lte is yet but tmobiles is.

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well, T-Mobile isn't using LTE-A yet, but their towers are capable of it. I haven't heard much on the details, but I would think it would be as simple as flipping a switch and then the current LTE towers would be pumping out LTE-A, since T-Mobile said they were already capable. I'm sure they're going to wait until LTE-A is a standard among high end and mid range smartphones though.

2. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Thats a big Change!!! I am a big fan of T-Mobile

5. GeekMovement unregistered

So I guess Sprint will be slugging behind soon even though they should be improving too since the purchase from the Japanese company.

11. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

lol we still working on towers with the network updates to LTE...been goin on for liken 6 months now

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sprint is a joke. What took them about a year and a half took T-Mobile 7 months. And on top of that, T-Mobile's ahead of the game with their towers being LTE-A ready, meaning the wait will definitely be worth it.

18. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Dude you do realize that Sprint is not just adding LTE like all the other carriers. They are rebuilding their entire network from the ground up. While the other carriers are keeping old equipment and doing patch work, Sprint gutted its entire network at every cell site and replaced the equipment with the latest and greatest network gear that is much more efficient. Which is part of the reason Sprint is one of the greenest companies in America, their new equipment at an average cell site went from 3-4 cabinets down to 1. All while they are decommissioning the Nextel Network. Not to mention that Sprint has a lot more ground to cover geographically due to their much greater coverage area than T-Mobile. On top of all that, Sprint has not been upgrading their entire network for much longer that TMO. And btw, Sprint is concurrently working on CDMA 800 and 1900 as well as LTE 1900 and 800 on the reframed Nextel spectrum. On top of that, they are adding HD Voice nationwide as well as TD-LTD on Clearwire 2600 spectrum which is Advanced-ready. So, I suggest you do some research before you post so you at least have a halfway educated answer because their is a lot more going on at Sprint that just simply adding LTE. With all that said, they are on par with TMO as it relates to completion.

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Close, a few more months at this pace and tmobile will cover more in LTE than ATT in q1 2014.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I like T-Mobile, but prefer Vodafone! But to expensive! T-Mobiles cheaper! here in the UK. With 4G price plan 16GB £32 a month unlimited calls and text. ™

10. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

In the US its $70 a month for Unlimited everything + 2.5GB of tethering (the tethering is included for free in the $70 plan.)

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Why have I been thinking you live in the US the whole time....?

16. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

I thought the same...

19. ben7337

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

Not really, it's wishful thinking, but AT&T will be at 270 million by years end. Tmobile will be at 200 million, and then they haven't stated any plans, but they are likely going for the 225-230 million HSPA+ towers they have and upgrading them all by mid 2014, and refarming their HSPA and HSPA+ onto 1900mhz spectrum so as to be AT&T and worldwide compatible. After that it's anyone's guess what they will do, but they will be quite a far way behind AT&T and Verizon for years to come as that additional 70 million they need to get to around 300 million is all 2G under their network. There's no fiber run to those towers, no real backhaul to upgrade to LTE. it will be as slow as Sprint and Verizon were for upgrades. By 2015 or 2016 I am hoping they can get to full LTE on their entire network though. They have a much better native footprint than Sprint and can almost compete with AT&T and Verizon.

13. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

What about Wisconsin, its still not on the list?

17. jfuente11

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

T-Mobile rocks! Verizon and AT&T, watch out!!!!

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