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Clear has said the 2000 sites are ready, just need to be hooked into the Sprint network.

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Does anybody have a good idea of how long it will take sprint to rollout 2.5 widely? I know clear itself is suppose to have 2000 site ready to go by the end of the year, any chance sprint might beat that number?

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Does anybody have a good idea of how long it will take sprint to rollout 2.5 widely? I know clear itself is suppose to have 2000 site ready to go by the end of the year, any chance sprint might beat that number?

I doubt it. New radio heads need to be installed, new antenna panels, etc.

 

 

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Does anybody have a good idea of how long it will take sprint to rollout 2.5 widely? I know clear itself is suppose to have 2000 site ready to go by the end of the year, any chance sprint might beat that number?

I believe clearwire already has 2,000 sites ready to go.

 

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Agreed. Triband compatibility will likely be reserved as a selling point for a future model (this is my opinion based on historical Apple marketing strategy).

Adding antenna support has never been a feature that Apple ever boasts about. They did not create a new iPhone number when Verizon started selling the iPhone. Sure it was CDMA based, but it had the same internals as the ATT iPhone that they started selling months prior. The new Tmobile iPhone also did not get its own special number.

 

Also, marketing new frequencies will not fly. Do you honestly believe their customers know anything about spectrum? or most wireless users?

 

I actually believe there is a good chance that the new iPhone will support Tri-Band LTE. Softbank is a key seller of the iPhone in Japan, and has TD-LTE on 2.6ghz spectrum. China Mobile and Apple have been rumored to launching a China Mobile iPhone, and of course China mobile also uses 2.6ghz TD-LTE. The 2.6Ghz frequency is becoming a very popular frequency across the globe. Now, most of those countries are Band 7(FDD), but I would not be surprised if Apple threw in TDD.

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Adding antenna support has never been a feature that Apple ever boasts about. They did not create a new iPhone number when Verizon started selling the iPhone. Sure it was CDMA based, but it had the same internals as the ATT iPhone that they started selling months prior. The new Tmobile iPhone also did not get its own special number.

 

Also, marketing new frequencies will not fly. Do you honestly believe their customers know anything about spectrum? or most wireless users?

 

I actually believe there is a good chance that the new iPhone will support Tri-Band LTE. Softbank is a key seller of the iPhone in Japan, and has TD-LTE on 2.6ghz spectrum. China Mobile and Apple have been rumored to launching a China Mobile iPhone, and of course China mobile also uses 2.6ghz TD-LTE. The 2.6Ghz frequency is becoming a very popular frequency across the globe. Now, most of those countries are Band 7(FDD), but I would not be surprised if Apple threw in TDD.

I'm sure apple will make the iPhone TDD capable I just don't this years versions of the iPhone will have the chip. Honestly as long as the next years iPhone has TDD LTE support I'm fine since I am eligible for an upgrade next June.

 

I just hope in time that the 2.5ghz band is nationwide, I know some areas need it more than others

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I'm sure apple will make the iPhone TDD capable I just don't this years versions of the iPhone will have the chip. Honestly as long as the next years iPhone has TDD LTE support I'm fine since I am eligible for an upgrade next June.

 

I just hope in time that the 2.5ghz band is nationwide, I know some areas need it more than others

 

It is not solely based on who need it the most, it is also based on site density in the city. 

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Clear has said the 2000 sites are ready, just need to be hooked into the Sprint network.

 

That may come sooner than expected, now that Dish pulled out of bidding for Clear.

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Adding antenna support has never been a feature that Apple ever boasts about. They did not create a new iPhone number when Verizon started selling the iPhone. Sure it was CDMA based, but it had the same internals as the ATT iPhone that they started selling months prior. The new Tmobile iPhone also did not get its own special number.

 

Also, marketing new frequencies will not fly. Do you honestly believe their customers know anything about spectrum? or most wireless users?

 

I actually believe there is a good chance that the new iPhone will support Tri-Band LTE. Softbank is a key seller of the iPhone in Japan, and has TD-LTE on 2.6ghz spectrum. China Mobile and Apple have been rumored to launching a China Mobile iPhone, and of course China mobile also uses 2.6ghz TD-LTE. The 2.6Ghz frequency is becoming a very popular frequency across the globe. Now, most of those countries are Band 7(FDD), but I would not be surprised if Apple threw in TDD.

I agree that Softbank will likely push Apple to adopt the 2.6Ghz TD-LTE capabilities ASAFP, but I'd bet on this model supporting 800Mhz LTE before 2.6.  On this I would absolutely LOVE to be wrong.  The later the device is released however - the better the odds get.  

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I agree that Softbank will likely push Apple to adopt the 2.6Ghz TD-LTE capabilities ASAFP, but I'd bet on this model supporting 800Mhz LTE before 2.6. On this I would absolutely LOVE to be wrong. The later the device is released however - the better the odds get.

We shall see. When does Sprint plan on turning on LTE on 2.5? I know sprint had said once they get approval from the shareholders and FCC we would find out more but I wonder exactly since they plan on launching Triband LTE MBB devices this summer

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We shall see. When does Sprint plan on turning on LTE on 2.5? I know sprint had said once they get approval from the shareholders and FCC we would find out more but I wonder exactly since they plan on launching Triband LTE MBB devices this summer

 

There are greater than 2000 completed TD-LTE sites situated in about 12 markets that are ready to be connected to Sprints MSC's and are slated to be  activated in the coming weeks alongside LTE 800 as part of Network Vision 2.0

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We shall see. When does Sprint plan on turning on LTE on 2.5? I know sprint had said once they get approval from the shareholders and FCC we would find out more but I wonder exactly since they plan on launching Triband LTE MBB devices this summer

 

 

There are greater than 2000 completed TD-LTE sites situated in about 12 markets that are ready to be connected to Sprints MSC's and are slated to be activated in the coming weeks alongside LTE 800 as part of Network Vision 2.0

Do you know which 12 markets?

 

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Do you know which 12 markets?

 

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The ones off the top of my head are Houston, DFW, Chicago, St Louis, Milw., and a few other texas / chicago area markets. 

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I would not be surprised if Atlanta was on the list of first round markets. We are a pretty strapped market in terms of spectrum. limited access to lte 800, because of SoLinc; and we do not have 30Mhz A-F like many other markets. I also believe Sprint has a high marketshare here.

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The ones off the top of my head are Houston, DFW, Chicago, St Louis, Milw., and a few other texas / chicago area markets.

Coming weeks? Can you be a bit more specfic

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Cool I read more info about their LTE network on their website and it looks like they planned to release a LTE advance network that can get about 100mbps down. I wonder sprint/SoftBank plans to same once they acquire clearwire.

 

Do I necessarily need to have at 100mbps down, absolutely not but for bragging rights it would be nice if sprint/SoftBank does plan to have those kind of speeds on that network

 

 

Capacity.

 

The speed that a tower can provide to the average user depends on the number of users connected to that tower.

Assuming the 100mbps is peak speed, that speed is divided by the number of people connected to the tower.

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Capacity.

 

The speed that a tower can provide to the average user depends on the number of users connected to that tower.

Assuming the 100mbps is peak speed, that speed is divided by the number of people connected to the tower.

...only if ALL of them are using their connection

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Capacity.

 

The speed that a tower can provide to the average user depends on the number of users connected to that tower.

Assuming the 100mbps is peak speed, that speed is divided by the number of people connected to the tower.

 

 

...only if ALL of them are using their connection

My point was that average speed is more important than peak speed.

 

You're only gonna see peak speeds at 2am but average speeds are daytime, normal hours.

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The ones off the top of my head are Houston, DFW, Chicago, St Louis, Milw., and a few other texas / chicago area markets.

 

I highly doubt milwaukee is on that list 2 protection sites for wimax. Doesn't seem like a market that is high on clearwires todo list sadly. Lol

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I would think the first round of Clearwire LTE markets would be ones that have a ton of Network Vision upgraded sites.  I would think that Sprint/Softbank would want to build the TD-LTE on Network Vision sites.  I expect Chicago,  Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, LA, SF Bay, NYC, etc to be included in the first round.

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Even with Clearwire TD-LTE, the claim to the fastest LTE network will be questionable.  VZW and T-Mobile likely will both have some markets with 20 MHz FDD deployments.  And from a peak speed standpoint, 20 MHz FDD is definitely faster than 20 MHz TDD.  In fact, 20 MHz TDD is really more comparable to 10 MHz FDD, which VZW, AT&T, and T-Mobile already have in many/most/all markets.  So, Sprint still will not win the peak speed contests, but it may win the average speed contests -- or, at least, be far more competitive.

 

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I thought that clearwire was testing 20Mhz TDD LTE and getting a theoretical maximum of over 100Mb/s (real world testing with a van driving down a road was resulting in 90Mb/s). Now this was with a 5Mb/s upload speed but they said that they could dynamically adjust the download/upload ratio depending on usage in a given area.  And that is with only ONE 20Mhz channel! If I am to understand this correctly, they own 40Mhz of spectrum and lease the rest (which averages to them having approximately 160Mhz in the top 100 metro areas) even if it is not fully contiguous and if I account for gaurd bands etc, they should be able to fit in at least 4-5 20Mhz channels and still be able to keep the lights on the wimax network at the same time.  And with the LTE-Advanced that all of sprints network vision towers are already capable of, they will be able to aggregate all of the channels of LTE, making the peak download speeds.  This will obviously be much further down the road, but as I see it, they will have the possibility to take the crown for fastest download speeds.  

 

As for them eventually placing 2500 on every tower, I would say that it will probably not be every tower, but a vast majority of them.  This is because even if the towers are not close enough to overlap, the people on the 2500 that are close to the tower will free up capacity for the other users that are further out.  I realize that at first it will not be like this, but eventually even suburban towers will eventually have 2500, and only rural areas will not have it.  

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I would take a guess and say currently where there is Wimax, that is where the Clear's flavor of LTE will be. Like where I am now. DC/Baltimore corridor. I remember when Sprint started NV, the number of Ericsson equipment being shipped out to Overland Park, Kansas from where I work out of Dulles.

 

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I thought that clearwire was testing 20Mhz TDD LTE and getting a theoretical maximum of over 100Mb/s (real world testing with a van driving down a road was resulting in 90Mb/s). Now this was with a 5Mb/s upload speed but they said that they could dynamically adjust the download/upload ratio depending on usage in a given area.  And that is with only ONE 20Mhz channel! If I am to understand this correctly, they own 40Mhz of spectrum and lease the rest (which averages to them having approximately 160Mhz in the top 100 metro areas) even if it is not fully contiguous and if I account for gaurd bands etc, they should be able to fit in at least 4-5 20Mhz channels and still be able to keep the lights on the wimax network at the same time.  And with the LTE-Advanced that all of sprints network vision towers are already capable of, they will be able to aggregate all of the channels of LTE, making the peak download speeds.  This will obviously be much further down the road, but as I see it, they will have the possibility to take the crown for fastest download speeds. 

 

Clearwire may have tested a number of different TD-LTE configurations for downlink:uplink symbol ratio and MIMO complexity.  But if we take the 3:2 ratio and 2x2 MIMO that will be in common use, then there is no way to hit 100 Mbps over a 20 MHz TDD carrier.

 

As for BRS/EBS spectrum, WiMAX has been occupying typically 90-120 MHz per market.  So, until some/all spectrum for WiMAX is refarmed, Clearwire should have enough available and contiguous BRS/EBS for only one or two TD-LTE carriers per market.

 

Lastly, just to be clear, LTE Advanced carrier aggregation will not allow Sprint to aggregate its LTE carriers with Clearwire's TD-LTE carriers.  Only LTE to LTE and TD-LTE to TD-LTE carrier aggregation (but not a mix) will be possible.

 

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AJ, is the theory that Clear deployed WiMax using that much spectrum to protect the licenses?  I believe I read from you once that each sector on a tower is using a completely different piece of spectrum, rather than reuse to make sure they were covered for licensing.

 

If that is correct, couldn't the WiMax carrrers be reconfigured for spectrum reuse, thus freeing up additional BRS/EBS for LTE?

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AJ, is the theory that Clear deployed WiMax using that much spectrum to protect the licenses?  I believe I read from you once that each sector on a tower is using a completely different piece of spectrum, rather than reuse to make sure they were covered for licensing.

 

If that is correct, couldn't the WiMax carrrers be reconfigured for spectrum reuse, thus freeing up additional BRS/EBS for LTE?

 

Clearwire WiMAX is definitely using differently assigned carriers on adjacent sectors/sites.  If all carriers are 10 MHz TDD, then that means at least 30 MHz utilization per site, and probably 90-120 MHz utilization per frequency reuse cluster.  Now, if any of those carriers currently are or will be cut back to 5 MHz FDD, then the WiMAX spectrum utilization drops accordingly.

 

The non unity frequency reuse could be due to regulatory or technical concerns.  At least one poster here has called Clearwire "lazy" for doing so.  But no one has stepped up with any legitimate evidence to support that assertion.  Instead, by using non unity frequency reuse, WiMAX gets better sector and cell edge performance, since co channel interference becomes almost eradicated.

 

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