T-Mobile USA

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2G Cell ID Layout

Sector ID Frequency Band Direction
1 1900 MHz (PCS) North East
2 1900 MHz (PCS) South
3 1900 MHz (PCS) North West

3G (UMTS/HSPA)

T-Mobile uses AWS (1700/2100 MHz) and PCS (1900MHz) spectrum for 3G. In some areas, T-Mobile has migrated HSPA from AWS to PCS to allow more bandwidth for AWS LTE.

Cell ID Layout

Sector ID Frequency Band Direction
1,4 1700/2100 MHz (AWS) North
2,5 1700/2100 MHz (AWS) South West
3,6 1700/2100 MHz (AWS) South East

The second value is the DC-HSPA (dual cell HSPA) second cell. So 1 and 4, 2 and 5, and 3 and 6 face the same direction.

Sector ID Frequency Band Direction
7 1900 MHz (PCS) North
8 1900 MHz (PCS) South West
9 1900 MHz (PCS) South East

4G (LTE)

T-Mobile has deployed LTE on AWS (1700/2100 MHz, Band 4), PCS (1900MHz, Band 2), 700 MHz A block (Band 12), and US 600MHz "Digital Dividend" (Band 71). T-Mobile also has deployed LTE on the 850MHz cellular band (Band 5), but only in one single location: Horry County (including Myrtle Beach), South Carolina. AWS is T-Mobile's primary LTE band. It was used exclusively during T-Mobile's initial LTE deployment in 2013. PCS spectrum began deployment in 2014 as a cost-saving measure to allow rural 2G-only sites to be upgraded without requiring new antenna panels. Markets where T-Mobile holds limited AWS spectrum, such as Cincinnati, also use LTE on PCS spectrum. 700 MHz is in the early stages of deployment and will added to existing sites to improve building penetration and coverage area.

Cell ID Layout

Sector ID Frequency Band Direction
1 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) North (all sites)
2 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
3 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
4 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) West (only present on 4 sector sites)
11 1900 MHz (PCS) North (all sites)
12 1900 MHz (PCS) East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
13 1900 MHz (PCS) West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
14 1900 MHz (PCS) West (only present on 4 sector sites)
21 700 MHz North (all sites)
22 700 MHz East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
23 700 MHz West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
24 700 MHz West (only present on 4 sector sites)
31 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-3) North (all sites)
32 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-3) East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
33 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-3) West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
34 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-3) West (only present on 4 sector sites)
41 850 MHz (CLR) North (all sites)
42 850 MHz (CLR) East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
43 850 MHz (CLR) West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
44 850 MHz (CLR) West (only present on 4 sector sites)
61 600 MHz North (all sites)
62 600 MHz East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
63 600 MHz West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
64 600 MHz West (only present on 4 sector sites)
101 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) (2nd carrier) North (all sites)
102 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) (2nd carrier) East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
103 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) (2nd carrier) West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
104 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) (2nd carrier) West (only present on 4 sector sites)

PCS Migration

T-Mobile is migrating their 3G PCS spectrum to LTE starting 25 April 2017. For a list of markets, see this support document: https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-31961