T-Mobile modernizes its network

T-Mobile already has one of the top rated networks, but we're constantly working to make it even better. Over the next several months, T-Mobile will focus on evolving our network through three major initiatives:


  • Reallocating some of our 1900 MHz spectrum from 2G technology to 4G
  • Upgrading existing equipment on our towers to improve coverage and reliability
  • Launching 4G LTE in 2013



Modernized markets

  • Anaheim, CA
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Fresno, CA
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Houston, TX
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Miami, FL
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Modesto, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Newark, NJ
  • Oakland, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Providence, RI
  • Reno, NV
  • Richmond, VA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Antonio, TX

San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA

Silicon Valley, CA

Springfield, MA

Stockton, CA

Tampa, FL

Tucson, AZ

Virginia Beach, VA

Warren, MI

Washington, D.C.



What's so good about modernization?

Approximately 90% of our network traffic is on our 3G and 4G bands (1700 MHz and 2100 MHz), which is leaving our 2G bands (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) underused. To help make best use of our 2G bands, we will be re-farming the excess 1900 MHz spectrum from EDGE technology to HSPA+. This will not eliminate 2G 1900 coverage in an area, but will free up some of that spectrum for 4G services. This reallocation will result in increased 4G capacity, smoother connections, and fewer dropped calls.


T-Mobile will also be improving approximately 37,000 cell sites over the next 18 months. These changes will provide improved voice and data coverage and a 20 percent improvement to indoor coverage.


T-Mobile will be installing the newest available software, which is a more stable technology and easily upgradeable compared to the technology used by Verizon or AT&T.


This technology will allow us to offer  an increasingly better mobile telecommunications experience in the coming years.

  • Coverage in the majority of the top 50 markets by the end of 2013
  • More efficient network with better connections, improved coverage, fewer dropped calls, and room for growth
  • Data apps that provide video calling and Mobile TV that are faster than current speeds