Carrier T-Mobile LTE Speeds

ray737

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Sep 11, 2014
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Hey guys what kind of LTE speeds have you been getting with TMO. Just curious.
 

JohnApples

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Mar 7, 2014
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I'm pulling ~17 down and ~5 up at home, which is actually where I get the slowest speeds. Most of the places I'm at, I routinely get 50+ down.
 

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FoxMike

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Oct 7, 2016
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What's considered good upload and download speeds?
All depends on the tower load. The site I'm on has a 2Gbps backhaul on it so it can push a lot of users. So 100Mbps is easy. One of my friends is an engineer for T-Mobile and has a SIM that has the dev/maintenance provision APN on it. He can pull 400 megs off a site pretty easy. Of course that saturates the tower from other users that why it's only used for debugging. Another factor into speed is your aggregation that the site is putting out. Areas that 700Mhz is enabled have higher speeds due to every voice call getting routed on 700Mhz.
 

JRoque092

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Sep 27, 2016
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I coincidentally just started tracking my speeds today and based on what you guys posted I'm going to assume this is horrendous.

No wonder instagram videos always freeze up on me. Which is weird because I'm in NYC and although I only have two bars here at work, most places I have 4-5 with LTE.

(Running on a 7+)
 

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FoxMike

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Oct 7, 2016
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Columbus, Ohio
I coincidentally just started tracking my speeds today and based on what you guys posted I'm going to assume this is horrendous.

No wonder instagram videos always freeze up on me. Which is weird because I'm in NYC and although I only have two bars here at work, most places I have 4-5 with LTE.

(Running on a 7+)
Heavy tower saturation. It's the same with your cable company. The tower can only have so much bandwidth. Its a choke point from where it gets converted to fiber. In the coaxial cable company world the cell tower is the cable node. Your phone is your cable modem. At the node is where the coax is converted to fiber then sent to your headend. That node will get saturated from too many users. It can only convert so much. That is why during peak times your cable internet can get slow. Newer nodes or towers with newer equipment can handle more users and faster bandwidth.
 

JRoque092

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Sep 27, 2016
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Heavy tower saturation. It's the same with your cable company. The tower can only have so much bandwidth. Its a choke point from where it gets converted to fiber. In the coaxial cable company world the cell tower is the cable node. Your phone is your cable modem. At the node is where the coax is converted to fiber then sent to your headend. That node will get saturated from too many users. It can only convert so much. That is why during peak times your cable internet can get slow. Newer nodes or towers with newer equipment can handle more users and faster bandwidth.
Makes sense since this city is way overpopulated, thanks!