T-Mobile boosts data speeds in South Florida

T-Mobile has completed its network upgrade in South Florida, allowing customers in Miami-Dade and Broward to experience download speeds about 50 percent faster, the carrier announced Tuesday.

T-Mobile’s Wideband LTE increases the bandwidth and capacity of T-Mobile’s LTE network to help deliver faster peak speeds. “It’s like adding more lanes to the freeway. It means higher, faster speeds for customers in the market,” said Gabriel Torres, T-Mobile’s area vice president for the Southeast, based in Atlanta.

Following on the heels of upgrades in 25 markets across the nation, the South Florida upgrades began this summer and were completed in the last few weeks, said Torres. “Now pretty much all of Florida is covered with Wideband,” he said. T-Mobile would not disclose its marketshare.

So far this month, T-Mobile customers in the Miami area observed download speeds as high as 75 megabits per second, he said, with an average download speed clocking in at 20.5 Mbps. Local customers used an average 2.15 GB of data in November.

Using typical speeds T-Mobile has been seeing in South Florida, customers can download a full 15-song album in less than 20 seconds and a two-hour movie from Google Play in about six minutes, Torres said. Last month on its network in the Miami area, 126 million YouTube videos, 3.6 million Netflix movies and shows and 220 million songs via Pandora were downloaded, he said.

Miami is just the latest area to get a speed boost. T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE network now reaches more than 250 million people and includes features such as Next-gen Wi-Fi Calling launched in September and Nationwide Voice over LTE (VoLTE) launched in July, the company said.

Torres also said this summer the company launched its Test Drive program, where customers can try out the network and a smartphone for a week free.