T-Mobile testing LTE in major U.S. cities ahead of official launch later this month

By , Mar 22, 2013

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With all the necessary regulatory approvals concerning T-Mobile’s merger with MetroPCS under its wings, the Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier is expected to accelerate its 4G LTE plans. It’s a tad surprising that T-Mobile has put itself in a position where it remains the sole major U.S. telco without high-speed LTE cellular radio technology.

Be that as it may, its LTE situation is about to change later this month. Just last week, a curious user spotted super-fast data speeds on T-Mobile’s network in Astoria, Queens, a New York City suburb.

Shortly after, the carrier officially confirmed that it will begin providing 4G LTE service by the end of this month and now more LTE spots have been discovered in as much as nine major U.S. cities ahead of the official launch…

Per data by Open Signal, a web site which crowd-sources cellular coverage maps for the world, T-Mobile is testing 4G LTE in nine major U.S. cities, using the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note II, Blackberry Z10 and Galaxy S3/4 devices.

The cities – Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, San Diego, Kansas City and San Jose / Bay Area – will likely serve as a launchpad for T-Mobile’s 4G LTE. Open Signal was able to observe fast data transfer speeds, with a respectable 25Mb/s average download speed, an 8Mb/s average upload speed and an average latency of 40ms.

The numbers should be taken with a grain of salt because T-Mobile hasn’t launched its LTE officially so there’s virtually no traffic on the network.

Additionally, these tests were likely carried out close to cell sites with good signal.

The Bellevue-based carrier told media outlets its LTE rollout “is moving at breakneck speed” and will be ready in time for the BlackBerry Z10 launch “by the end of this month”:

We’re on track to have 100 million Americans covered by LTE mid-year and 200 million people with LTE by the end of 2013. This is in addition to the blazing fast 4G experience we give customers right now covering 220 million people.

The telco also said it will be flipping the switch on LTE in Kansas City and Las Vegas.

We’re expecting an update on T-Mobile’s LTE roll-out strategy at the company’s March 26 press conference.

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  • tony

    yea right i leave in provo Utah and i get 2g shit speed i using iphone 5 and I’m really tire of this crapy internet i will leave to verizon

  • http://www.facebook.com/jwozniewski Joe Wozniewski

    Good for them. Im still waiting on 3g speeds for my iphone 4 on the central coast of California. Gotta love edge speeds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=204700550 Efren Almazan

    Astoria is not a NYC suburb. It’s still NYC.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Makavelli.1 Joseph A. Ahmad

      When people think of New York City, the unofficial thought that comes to mind is Manhattan, and the surrounding area (such as the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island are considered more or less, “the suburbs”. But all 5 boroughs are considered New York City, and I’d say, far from anything that would closely resemble a suburb-like environment, so I agree with you.

  • TomasHunter

    Thank you for the news, Christian. My Note II and I are ready for T-Mobile to launch LTE here in Denver. I was on my lunch break at DISH earlier today when I found out that their LTE has been detected here, but it isn’t on the official launch list; I hope it goes live on launch day because I want to see how well my DISH Anywhere app works with the new speeds. The app streams live TV and DVR recordings to my phone, and I use it to watch Rockies baseball when I’m not at home. I’m excited because the higher data speed equals higher definition for my streaming video.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Toti11hernandez Alex Hernandez

    Is Richmond, Va is covered by LTE?

  • http://twitter.com/boxahoenyc freedom why they mad

    bronx ny lte #step it up