Cincinnati is a great city, but it has long been the thorn in T-Mobile’s side. While T-Mobile has been busy building out a super fast LTE network all over the rest of the country – including all the areas that surround Cincinnati – the Queen City itself has been stuck on HSPA+.
As a resident of Cincinnati for two years while I completed grad school, this issue was particularly important to me, too.
Luckily, LTE has finally been spotted inside city limits, as shown by the Sensorly map above. Even better, T-Mobile insiders are saying that the entire city of Cincinnati should be up and running on LTE by November, or even as early as mid-October if T-Mobile is lucky.
There are several reasons for this long delay, but the most prominent is that T-Mobile simply didn’t have access to the spectrum it needed to build out LTE over AWS, since Cincinnati Bell owns the majority of that spectrum. As a workaround, T-Mobile will be running LTE on band 2 (1900MHz), and it most likely won’t be the wideband LTE that many are experiencing else. But some LTE is better than no LTE, and I’m sure all the friends I left behind in Cincinnati will soon be rejoicing as they are finally able to get a faster internet connection all over the city.[TMoNews]