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[PSA] Sprint begins Band 13 deployment in Puerto Rico

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small.la-transicion-que-sea-mas-lenta.jpTim Yu
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 6:54 PM PDT

 

A year ago Sprint and Open Mobile announced the beginnings of a joint venture whereby they would combine their network assets and operations together to create a better more competitive alternative on the island. In late 2017, the deal was consummated which gave Sprint access to Open Mobile's spectrum holdings in the PCS 1900 range and, more importantly, the 750 MHz Band 13 block. 

This LTE Band 13 is almost exclusively used by Verizon Wireless as the basis for their LTE network. In comparison to Sprints SMR 800 MHz holdings it is 20 MHz in width meaning that Sprint is able to utilize a 10x10 MHz lowband LTE carrier whereas Sprints Band 26 800 MHz is limited to 5x5, 3x3, or even non existence as in Puerto Rico due to spectrum hoarders and other issues pertaining to the IBEZ. With this spectrum, Sprint is now able and has begun the deployment of a triband 750 / 1900 / 2500 network in Puerto Rico!

See the following screenshots from S4GRU PR / VI market thread users!

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Note: UARFCN 5230 is 751 / 782 MHz center frequency. LTE Band 13 runs 777 - 787 / 746 - 756 which means it's smack dab in the center perfect for a 10x10 MHz FDD LTE carrier. 

Thanks to imatute and smooth25 for the finds!

 

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Does this mean that Sprint will be adding band 13 compatibility as a requirement for its equipment in the future? 

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6 hours ago, Thomas L. said:

Does this mean that Sprint will be adding band 13 compatibility as a requirement for its equipment in the future? 

Most Sprint devices already have Band 13 baked in so Sprint doesn't really need to change anything.

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On 4/12/2018 at 4:24 PM, Robert7 said:

Sprint galaxy s6  has band 12  not band 13

That is one generation before Sprint started having B13 put into it's variants.

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It's about time, even though PR already has band 41, unfortunately the VI won't be getting band 41 so band 13 will be a massive help to sprint customers in the VI. 

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