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East Michigan Network Vision/LTE Deployment schedule update

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by Robert Herron

Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

Monday, July 9, 2012 - 12:01 PM MDT

 

The next market in our Network Vision/LTE deployment schedule update series is...East Michigan. The East Michigan market has yet to be announced by Sprint, and may not be announced until as late as this Fall.

 

The Sprint East Michigan market encompasses the Eastern Half of the Michigan Lower Peninsula. This includes the cities of Detroit, Warren, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, Flint, Dearborn, Livonia, Canton, Troy, Southfield, Rochester Hills, St. Clair Shores, Pontiac, Tri-Cities (Saginaw, Midland and Bay City), Jackson, Port Huron and Alpena. Sprint's Network Vision OEM Samsung is scheduled to begin mobilizing their subcontractors around the market in September. The first completed Network Vision sites are scheduled to start coming online in October.

 

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Anticipated Sites Complete at Market Launch. According to the Network Vision schedules that S4GRU has reviewed, if Sprint launched the market in April, these are the anticipated sites that would likely have LTE complete at that time. This would provide fairly good LTE coverage over many parts of the market.

 

Schedule details and the bottom line

 

Sprint has not yet selected a date to formally "launch" LTE service in East Michigan. It is difficult to try to pick a date now this far out, but we have attempted to do that. In looking at the schedule as of today, it would indicate a April market launch (going on a 40% - 50% completion for launch). But there is no way to know if Samsung and their subcontractors will actually hit their schedule dates before deployment in this market begins. We will be able to gauge better after a few months of production is achieved.

 

Samsung needs to hit a production rate of approximately 60 sites per month to stay on schedule. This is a big chunk to complete monthly, but is doable with the appropriate amount of resources allocated.

 

S4GRU has examined the schedule in great detail in this market and sees that most of the sites will be complete by September 2013. However, there may be a few sporadic sites that will linger past the completion.

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Photo of Detroit Skyline provided courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

 

NOTE: S4GRU Sponsor Members can track regular updates of

Network Vision sites completed nationwide. Completed sites are shown in an interactive Google Maps interface. Information about sponsorship can be found here: S4GRU Sponsorship

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With living on the Ohio Michagain border by Sylvania ohio i see there are a site or two just north of there on US 23 i was jw if i would be able to get an LTE signal or not didnt know how far the signal may reach if anyone knew

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With living on the Ohio Michagain border by Sylvania ohio i see there are a site or two just north of there on US 23 i was jw if i would be able to get an LTE signal or not didnt know how far the signal may reach if anyone knew

 

It's highly variable depending on downtilt, terrain and your device and where it's at. It's possible to get a Sprint LTE signal 6 to 7 miles away, if there isn't much downtilit if any. However, I think in most instances, it will be 2 to 4 miles. There is so much variability in RF design and deployment, that it's really hard to guesstimate coverage this far out.

 

Robert

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Okay well thanks for the info i know where that tower is located at i drive by it everyday after work its mostly farm fields and flat land so hopfully that 6-7 miles makes it if not guess ill wait till 2013 for toledo to get it but thanks again

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That's alot of towers!!

 

And that is just the first 40%. At 100%, it will look like this:

 

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I know there is no way to know for sure...but going on this its possible to start seeing some coverage ( at least better 3g coverage in detroit and the water front area) in October?

 

I played with a sg3 yesterday and man im in need of a new phone

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And that is just the first 40%. At 100%, it will look like this:gallery_1_2_57200.jpgRobert

I see some talk of the crews getting started in September and some towers coming on-line in October, but then later in this article it mentions April 2013 and Sept 2013. So it this saying that even though the toweds would be ready they wont make the LTE public till April 2013 at the earliest?

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If Sprint waits and blocks completed LTE sites until the market launch, then it could be as late as April 2013 until the completed sites are discoverable. However, I believe Sprint will allow connections earlier.

 

Robert

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i've heard nothing yet.....DOn't even know if they are still on schedule... or if work has even started..

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i've heard nothing yet.....DOn't even know if they are still on schedule... or if work has even started..

Work appears to be behind schedule. But I think we will see them starting soon.

 

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Work appears to be behind schedule. But I think we will see them starting soon.Robert

 

Good.. I've been reading through this site reports of eHRPD starting to show up in the Detroit area... Hopefully, next sprint we get some 4G love in Michigan..!!! Cant wait!!....

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Where are folks seeing eHRPD at?

 

Go into the app store and search for speedtest. Download the app. Then go into tools select change server, find one or two close to you and then go and run a test. After the test go back to reports and click on details in the details is like a network type it should say either like 3g, ehrpd or lte.

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Ya...thanks. I know how to do that. I only ever see "cellular" as the network type. My question was where are folks seeing ehrpd?

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Ya...thanks. I know how to do that. I only ever see "cellular" as the network type. My question was where are folks seeing ehrpd?

 

iPhones never show network type. Just show "Cellular."

 

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Seeing ehrpd in the Fenton, Holly, Hartland and Howell areas. It hasn't been around that long. Maybe a month or two.

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a friend of mines got an LTE signal in Ypsilanti on his iPhone 5 and there have been several pockets of LTE signals on the eastside of Detroit, Eastpointe, Warren. so hopefully we'll see more soon

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i fear its too late, my contract is up in june. verizon for me. the comcast of cell phones.

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I picked up Sprint 4G LTE in Port Huron, Fort Gratiot, St. Clair, Casco, Charter Township, New Baltimore and Lenox Michigan.

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