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== 2G Cell ID Layout ==
== 2G (GSM) ==
Cell ID Layout


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== 3G (UMTS/HSPA) ==
== 3G (UMTS) ==


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.
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. T-Mobile's UMTS network is scheduled to sunset on July 1, 2022.


=== Cell ID Layout ===
=== Cell ID Layout ===
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== 4G (LTE) ==
== 4G (LTE) ==


T-Mobile has deployed LTE on AWS (1700/2100 MHz, Band 4), PCS (1900MHz, Band 2), and 700 MHz A block (Band 12). 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.
T-Mobile has deployed LTE on AWS (1700/2100 MHz, Band 4/66), PCS (1900MHz, Band 2/25), 700 MHz A block (Band 12), BRS/EBS (2500MHz, Band 41) 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. They are also testing CBRS (3500MHz, band 48). 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. 600 MHz is in the early stages of deployment and will added to existing sites to improve building penetration and coverage area.


=== Cell ID Layout ===
=== Cell ID Layout ===
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| [[Sector ID]] || [[Frequency Band]] || [[Direction]]
| [[Sector ID]] || [[Frequency Band]] || [[Direction]]
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| 1 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS) OR 1900 MHz (PCS) ||
| 1 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) || North (all sites)
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| 2 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS) OR 1900 MHz (PCS) ||
| 2 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
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| 3 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS) OR 1900 MHz (PCS) ||
| 3 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
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| 4 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS) OR 700 MHz ||  
| 4 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
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| 5 || 700 MHz ||  
| 11 || 1900 MHz (PCS) || North (all sites)
|-
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| 6 || 700 MHz ||  
| 12 || 1900 MHz (PCS) || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
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| 7 || 1900 Mhz (PCS) ||  
| 13 || 1900 MHz (PCS) || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
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| 8 || 1900 Mhz (PCS) ||  
| 14 || 1900 MHz (PCS) || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
|-
|-
| 9 || 1900 Mhz (PCS) ||
| 21 || 700 MHz || North (all sites)
|-
|-
| 11 || 1900 MHz (PCS) ||
| 22 || 700 MHz || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
|-
|-
| 12 || 1900 MHz (PCS) ||
| 23 || 700 MHz || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
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| 13 || 1900 MHz (PCS) ||
| 24 || 700 MHz || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
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| 14 || 1900 MHz (PCS) ||  
| 31 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-3) || North (all sites)
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| 21 || 700 MHz ||  
| 32 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-3) || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
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| 22 || 700 MHz ||  
| 33 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-3) || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
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| 23 || 700 MHz ||  
| 34 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-3) || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
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| 24 || 700 MHz ||  
| 41 || 850 MHz (CLR) || North (all sites)
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| 42 || 850 MHz (CLR) || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
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| 43 || 850 MHz (CLR) || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
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| 44 || 850 MHz (CLR) || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
|-
| 61 || 600 MHz || North (all sites)
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| 62 || 600 MHz || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
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| 63 || 600 MHz || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
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| 64 || 600 MHz || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
|-
| 81 || 3500 MHz (CBRS) || North (all sites)
|-
| 82 || 3500 MHz (CBRS) || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
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| 83 || 3500 MHz (CBRS) || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
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| 84 || 3500 MHz (CBRS) || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
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| 91 || 3500 MHz (CBRS) (2nd carrier) || North (all sites)
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| 92 || 3500 MHz (CBRS) (2nd carrier) || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
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| 93 || 3500 MHz (CBRS) (2nd carrier) || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
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| 94 || 3500 MHz (CBRS) (2nd carrier) || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
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| 101 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) (2nd carrier) || North (all sites)
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| 102 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) (2nd carrier) || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
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| 103 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) (2nd carrier) || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
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| 104 || 1700/2100 MHz (AWS-1) (2nd carrier) || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
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| 111 || 1900 MHz (PCS) (2nd carrier) || North (all sites)
|-
| 112 || 1900 MHz (PCS) (2nd carrier) || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
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| 113 || 1900 MHz (PCS) (2nd carrier) || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
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| 114 || 1900 MHz (PCS) (2nd carrier) || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
|-
| 131 || 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) || North (all sites)
|-
| 132 || 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS)  || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
|-
| 133 || 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
|-
| 134 || 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
|-
| 141 || 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) (2nd carrier) || North (all sites)
|-
| 142 || 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) (2nd carrier) || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
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| 143 || 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) (2nd carrier) || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
|-
| 144 || 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) (2nd carrier) || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
|-
| 181 || 3500 MHz (CBRS) (3rd carrier) || North (all sites)
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| 182 || 3500 MHz (CBRS) (3rd carrier) || East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
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| 183 || 3500 MHz (CBRS) (3rd carrier) || West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
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| 184 || 3500 MHz (CBRS) (3rd carrier) || West (only present on 4 sector sites)
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Band 12 has been reported on sectors 4-6 and sectors 21-23. It is unclear what will become the preferred layout.
=== PCS Migration ===
Band 2 on some towers have been migrated from sectors 1-3 or 7-9 to sectors 11-13.
Towers with band 12 on sectors 4-6 are  being migrated to 21-23 on some towers.


== AWS 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
 
T-Mobile is migrating their 3G AWS spectrum to be used for 4G LTE
 
Here’s a full lowdown on the markets having their AWS 3G/4G networks shut down this year:
 
Indianapolis – February 25th
 
Louisville – May 18th
 
Chicago – June 18th
 
Houston – July 15th
 
Los Angeles – July 22nd
 
Albuquerque – July 25th
 
El Paso – July 25th
 
Oklahoma City – July 27th
 
Savannah (Jacksonville) – July 27th


Baton Rouge (Mobile) – July 27th
== 5G (NR) ==


Columbus (Atlanta) – July 27th
T-Mobile has deployed NR on US 600MHz "Digital Dividend" (Band n71), BRS/EBS (2500MHz, Band n41) as well as on mmWave bands n260 (39GHz) and n261 (28GHz). They also own spectrum in the n77 (3.7GHz), n258 (24GHz) and n262 (47GHz) bands. n71 is T-Mobile's primary NR band.
 
Griffin (Atlanta) – July 27th
 
Charleston (Carolina) – July 27th
 
Kansas City – August 3rd
 
Roanoke (Virginia) – August 3rd
 
St. Louis – August 5th
 
Nogales (Phoenix) – August 10th
 
Madera (Sacramento) – August 10th
 
Boise City (SLC) – August 10th
 
Del Rio & Kingsville (Austin) – August 10th
 
Miami – August 20th
 
Laredo (Austin) – August 20th
 
Biloxi, Hattiesburg (Mobile) – August 20th
 
Anniston, AL (Birmingham) – August 20th
 
== 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

Latest revision as of 21:45, 23 October 2021

2G (GSM)

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)

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. T-Mobile's UMTS network is scheduled to sunset on July 1, 2022.

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 4/66), PCS (1900MHz, Band 2/25), 700 MHz A block (Band 12), BRS/EBS (2500MHz, Band 41) 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. They are also testing CBRS (3500MHz, band 48). 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. 600 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)
81 3500 MHz (CBRS) North (all sites)
82 3500 MHz (CBRS) East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
83 3500 MHz (CBRS) West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
84 3500 MHz (CBRS) West (only present on 4 sector sites)
91 3500 MHz (CBRS) (2nd carrier) North (all sites)
92 3500 MHz (CBRS) (2nd carrier) East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
93 3500 MHz (CBRS) (2nd carrier) West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
94 3500 MHz (CBRS) (2nd carrier) 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)
111 1900 MHz (PCS) (2nd carrier) North (all sites)
112 1900 MHz (PCS) (2nd carrier) East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
113 1900 MHz (PCS) (2nd carrier) West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
114 1900 MHz (PCS) (2nd carrier) West (only present on 4 sector sites)
131 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) North (all sites)
132 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
133 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
134 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) West (only present on 4 sector sites)
141 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) (2nd carrier) North (all sites)
142 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) (2nd carrier) East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
143 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) (2nd carrier) West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
144 2500 MHz (BRS/EBS) (2nd carrier) West (only present on 4 sector sites)
181 3500 MHz (CBRS) (3rd carrier) North (all sites)
182 3500 MHz (CBRS) (3rd carrier) East southeast (3 sector sites), East (4 sector sites)
183 3500 MHz (CBRS) (3rd carrier) West southwest (3 sector sites), South (4 sector sites)
184 3500 MHz (CBRS) (3rd 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

5G (NR)

T-Mobile has deployed NR on US 600MHz "Digital Dividend" (Band n71), BRS/EBS (2500MHz, Band n41) as well as on mmWave bands n260 (39GHz) and n261 (28GHz). They also own spectrum in the n77 (3.7GHz), n258 (24GHz) and n262 (47GHz) bands. n71 is T-Mobile's primary NR band.