T-Mobile's rapid deployment continues to push wireless mic, IEM and comms users out of 600 MHz band across the U.S.

Bellevue, WA (February 26, 2018)—T-Mobile made a surprise announcement on the eve of the World Mobile Conference in Spain that it has significantly expanded its low-band LTE coverage, potentially driving wireless microphone, IEM and comms users out of the 600 MHz band in major cities across the U.S.

“Our network team added lowband [sic] LTE to 100s of sites in just two weeks, which means more and better coverage,” tweeted T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray on Friday, February 23. In response to a request from tmonews.com, the carrier provided a list of the cities and towns affected—90 in all, across 26 states—without specifying whether it had lit up new 600 MHz or 700 MHz services.

T-Mobile acquired 31 MHz of the 600 MHz spectrum licenses made available by the FCC’s Incentive Auction, which ended in April 2017, with the stated intention to “cover every single American with low-band spectrum.” Anyone operating wireless audio equipment in the 600 MHz service band must cease operation as soon as T-Mobile and other new licensees begin their operations or risk a fine of $10,000 per day per violation.

T-Mobile Aims to Ease 600 MHz ‘Phase Zero’ Transition for Some Wireless Mic Operators

The carrier rang in the New Year with an announcement that its 600 MHz services had been expanded to 586 cities and towns across 28 states. Few of those were large population centers, but the new list from T-Mobile includes major cities such as San Jose, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Seattle, WA; Louisville, KY; and Tucson and Mesa, AZ.

More Wireless Mic Users Affected as T-Mobile Expands 600 MHz Coverage

The list provided by T-Mobile to tmonews.com includes the following cities, by state:

Alabama: Birmingham, Hazel Green, Phenix City

Arizona: San Tan Valley, Mesa, Tucson

California: Rancho Cucamonga, Pomona, Carlsbad, Bakersfield, Pismo Beach, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Leandro, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, San Jose, Healdsburg

Connecticut: Harwinton

Florida: Yulee, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Pensacola, Wesley Chapel, Winter Haven, Kissimmee, Ocoee

Georgia: Newnan, Swainsboro, Calhoun, Waycross, Barney

Idaho: Twin Falls, Swan Valley, Boise

Illinois: Des Plaines, Palos Heights

Indiana: Hebron

Kentucky: Louisville

Louisiana: Shreveport

Massachusetts: Littleton, Douglas, Middleboro

Maryland: Rockville

Michigan: Sterling Heights, Clarkston

Minnesota: Chaska, Maple Plain, Saint Cloud

Montana: Broadus

New Jersey: Clifton

New York: Albany, Cortland, Liverpool

Ohio: Brecksville, Kent

Pennsylvania: Mechanicsburg, Stroudsburg

South Carolina: Trenton

Tennessee: Sale Creek

Texas: Lancaster, Burkburnett, Zapata, San Antonio, Brownsville, Pharr, Georgetown, Shallowater

Utah: Coalville, Tooele, West Valley City, Paradise

Washington: Kirkland, Seattle, Langley, Vancouver

Wisconsin: Salem, Eau Claire

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