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CONFIRMED: Network Vision/LTE deployment is under way in the Indianapolis market

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by Robert Herron
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 9:45 AM MDT

 

S4GRU members in the Indianapolis market have been wondering if something is up recently. Seeing a little activity at Sprint sites in the area. The past couple of days, flickerings of Sprint LTE have been discovered in the NE and East Indy suburbs. Network Vision/LTE deployment is now confirmed under way in the Indianapolis market.

As you can see in the map at the bottom, diligent S4GRU members have been out scouring the city trying to find spots of live Sprint LTE. And they have found them. But it is definitely early in the deployment. The signals come and go throughout the day in these locations. Undoubtedly, Samsung's subcontractors are testing the signals, and often turn them off when they leave the site for the day.

We are quite happy to see work is definitely occurring in the Indianapolis market. And it is starting right on time, as the first LTE sites were expected around early October. Given a few rough starts to LTE deployment, it seems Sprint is starting to get things under control and maybe they will start hitting their stride with their OEM's and subcontractors soon.

 

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Preliminary Speed Test and Tower Phots. S4GRU Members hit the streets to find and document the LTE signals around Indy. The speed test is rather slow compared to other Sprint LTE deployments with a good signal. But they only just have begun testing in this market. Images from S4GRU member newboyx.

 

This is the first evidence of Network Vision/LTE deployment we have discovered in the Indy market. Deployment is likely occurring over the entire market and will soon be in many other communities in the vicinity. Sprint is targeting several cities in this market for launch before the end of the year. The following Indianapolis market communities were listed in Sprint's next 100 city list, including Anderson, Columbus, Carmel, Muncie, and of course, Indianapolis. At this point, it seems that other communities in this market will likely not have enough LTE service to constitute the service launched until some time after the New Year.

In the interim, LTE signals may come and go around Indy. They are just in the infancy of deployment. Sprint has been pretty consistent in blocking LTE connections at completed sites after they accept the improvements from the Network Vision OEM/subcontractors. Also, it may not be surprising to see isolated LTE signals appear in other Central Indiana Sprint communities.

 

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Sensorly.com LTE coverage map in Indianapolis, Indiana. Some S4GRU members hit the road and plotted LTE signals using the Sensorly Android map to illustrate some of the coverage by the newly active sites. Click on Map to Enlarge.

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I am 0 for 2 so far at the sites I have checked in Noblesville. I have one more close to home that I plan to check. I am also thinking I that it will be favorable for getting some decent photos.

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I wish I had an LTE phone to help you guys test. Still I like this news. There should be a pretty solid deployment here by the time I upgrade my phone.

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Proofread.

 

Anyway, its good to see something finally on time! Makes me feel better about my 5 coming on Monday.

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Sprint has been pretty consistent in blocking LTE connections at completed sites after they accept the improvements from the Network Vision OEM/subcontractors.

You mean until the market is officially launched you can't use it? I thought I read were they were going to let people use them as they become usable.

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Sprint has been pretty consistent in blocking LTE connections at completed sites after they accept the improvements from the Network Vision OEM/subcontractors.You mean until the market is officially launched you can't use it? I thought I read were they were going to let people use them as they become usable.

Sprint has been actively blocking sites after NV is completed on them. The reports you see about users accessing the towers before launch is usually when they are being worked on by the contractor.

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Found the quote from the press release about the next 100 cities. "During the pre-launch phase, customers with capable 4G LTE devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches." I must say blocking them is a let down. I know when it gets here I would like to be on the cutting edge. I guess it helps keep down the "it sucks" in <your city here> talk when its really just not done yet.

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I guess it helps keep down the "it sucks" in <your city here> talk when its really just not done yet.

That is my best guess also.

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I report it, I don't decide. If I had my way, Sprint would not block any complete LTE sites. However, if history is our guide, they probably will in many instances.

 

My guess is once they have enough sites in the market, they will do a prelaunch. Kind of like what they did with Chicago and Boston.

 

Robert

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I have been keeping an eye out for LTE sites, and have not seen any coverage yet in Indy. I have an SGS III and an iPhone 5 that are with me most of the day. I am out and about a good bit and frequent the following suburbs:

 

Noblesville

Fishers

Westfield

Carmel

Avon

 

I check back in here with an update if I see any coverage in any of these areas.

 

(also, how do I go about getting access to the password protected portions of the site)

 

 

Bill

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I have been keeping an eye out for LTE sites, and have not seen any coverage yet in Indy. I have an SGS III and an iPhone 5 that are with me most of the day. I am out and about a good bit and frequent the following suburbs:NoblesvilleFishersWestfieldCarmelAvonI check back in here with an update if I see any coverage in any of these areas.(also, how do I go about getting access to the password protected portions of the site)Bill

 

 

Most likely those sites have been accepted by Sprint from the OEM's and now are being blocked. You need to become a S4GRU Sponsor to access the Sponsor sections of our site. For more information about becoming a Sponsor, you can read this thread: http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/1195-information-about-s4gru-sponsorship-levels-and-how-to-become-a-sponsor/

 

Robert

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I have the EVO LTE and have not been able to pick up an LTE signal just yet. I live on the NW side (Zionsville/Carmel/Eagle Creek area) but frequent the east side a few times a week as well while passing through Castleton (NE side). I attempted to run sensorly while driving through those areas but was not yet able to get my phone to switch to the LTE signals. I plan on heading that way again in a day or two and will make a more concerted effort (actually stopping near the towers) at getting the LTE signal.

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Got a couple hits on the Circle in Downtown Indy this weekend. Lady in the Sprint store on the Circle said they first started noticing it on Friday. On for a few then off for a few has how it's been all weekend.

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I have been able to get connected in Fishers and Carmel multiple times. Sensorly.com shows some of the locations I have been able to map. Best speed test result so far was 9652/10132 in Fishers earlier today.

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Was in the Traders Point Area on Friday 10/19 and saw my 4G light up for 1st time in Indy. Not blazing speeds, but it was there and felt good that they are moving to get it up :)

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I just got LTE signal in Greenwood, near 37 and Fairview Road, it seemed quite fast but I didn't do a speed check. It was there last night, and this morning too!

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