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  1. 13 points
    I'm here to put ice water on the creeping into negativity. No more feelings. Stick to facts, and stop picking a fight with everyone who has a different opinion than you. If people who have a Pro Sprint opinion can't voice them here without being bludgeoned, where can they go? S4GRU will be much more heavily moderating as necessary. We are not here to host all your Sprint complaints. Lots of places for you to go post your Sprint negativity. Effective immediately. Robert
  2. 12 points
    I'm here to put ice water on the creeping into negativity. No more feelings. Stick to facts, and stop picking a fight with everyone who has a different opinion than you. If people who have a Pro Sprint opinion can't voice them here without being bludgeoned, where can they go? S4GRU will be much more heavily moderating as necessary. We are not here to host all your Sprint complaints. Lots of places for you to go post your Sprint negativity. Effective immediately. Robert
  3. 8 points
    Few quick updates on the Seattle market: Verizon B5/B26 MFBI is now live in Seattle. Verizon is also replacing all of the antennas on many of their sites with new MIMO (and possibly NR-capable) antennas. It seems that in a large majority of these setups, only half of the ports are used—I think they will come back and hook up new RRUs (again maybe for NR) to these unused ports later. Verizon has historically had phenomenal site optimization and load balancing but not-so-great site density in my area, although recently, they have been closing that gap. Although they still seem to be avoiding using wooden utility poles as much as possible, they are colocating onto many existing macros and buildings as well as constructing their own towers. I think they will soon become a much stronger competitor to the other carriers in this market. All Sprint towers in the market that can support the weight are being upgraded to one hexadecaport antenna (4x4 800, 4x4 1900, 8x8 2500) and one 8T8R antenna (8x8 2500) per sector. Sites with weight limitations are also getting triband upgrades but with lower order MIMO. The common setups in order of weight are: A single hexadecaport antenna (4x4 800, 4x4 1900, 4x4 2500) per sector. A standard 6-port dual-band NV antenna (2x2 800, 4x4 1900) and a 10-port dual-band next-gen antenna (2x2 800, 8x8 2500) per sector. (This setup is quite rare). A single decaport triband antenna (2x2 800, 4x4 1900, 4x4 2500) per sector. I haven’t seen any L600 in the Seattle metro on T-Mobile yet. They largely seem to have stagnated over the last year or so. Many sites (probably 1/4 or 1/5) still don’t have L700, mostly sites on wooden utility poles or powerlines. I haven’t seen permits or anything to upgrade these sites... AT&T also seems to have largely stagnated in the Seattle market following their WCS rollout. That being said, their network is probably holding up the best in my immediate area. They have the best site density in my market and their 15x15 lowband, 20x20 midband and 10x10 highband LTE is working out really great for them.
  4. 7 points
    Also we really need to stop acting like what is being said is new information. Marcelo says Sprint is going to need to spend $20-25 Billion over the next 4 years to build out 5G coverage to urban and suburban areas. Sprint already said they plan on spending $5-6Billion in capex per year going forward. Marcelo said Sprint doesn't have the spectrum to deploy 5G across its entire footprint and will be forced to stay within urban centers and their suburbs. We already knew that given how 2.5GHz propagates and that 5G deployment at least initially would focus on areas that would provide the largest return on investment. The only thing new is the that Marcelo is saying that he thinks this increased investment won't be enough to take on Verizon and AT&T. The information hasn't changed, only the tone. The change in tone is simply to sell the merger as a necessity.
  5. 7 points
    Good to see Sprint still investing on the network as planned, especially on Massive MIMO. Allocated a billion dollar purchase order on M-MIMO alone! Webcast of John Saw discussion with Well's Fargo. https://cc.talkpoint.com/well001/062118a_as/?entity=3_Y4ISKKL
  6. 6 points
    Sprint has always been an odd cat and this only further solidifies that perception. Guys, stop being weird and just do your damn job! Then, you would not need to do these bizarre stunts in a bid to help alter public perception because it would already be positive. Jesus, they just don't get it. I have defended Sprint to my family and friends for almost two decades now and it's becoming quite tiresome.
  7. 6 points
    Top 2 results 15x15. Highest upload speeds I’ve ever gotten
  8. 5 points
    That’s exactly right. If we are being told by Sprint that as of June 5th (http://newsroom.sprint.com/triband-upgrades.htm), that Band 41 is only on 60% of its Macro sites currently.... and that it won’t be until April/May 2019 (End of Fiscal 2018, based on prior reporting dates).... what should be our expectations for network improvement over that time? Furthermore, what does “substantial majority” mean? How close is it to 100%? When does this hit 100%? By Fall/Winter of next year? What’s frustrating here is that we all knew this needed to happen for the Sprint network to improve to competitive parity. However, Marcelo told us back in September 2015 (http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/18/technology/sprint-network/index.html) that: Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has made a bold statement: By 2017, its network will perform better than Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile. "We will have the best network in the next two years," Claure told CNNMoney in an interview Friday. That echoes comments Claure made in May, when he said Sprint would be among the "top two" in terms of overall network performance in the United States. Now, he is throwing down the gauntlet, saying Sprint will leapfrog all the competition. Wow. Not only was he wrong. He was completely wrong. Sprint has 2.5 GHz on only 60% of its Macro sites at this point. There was no possible way this was ever going to happen given the Capex spend and deployment timeline, but he told the market and us consumers this anyway.... and I feel like a bit of a fool for believing it. Only way Sprint’s Network leapfrogs now is a merger... Or we wait for Sprint to grind along on its own and keep watching the calendar for the next year or so. This makes me sad as a customer, and mad as an investor.
  9. 5 points
    I think your misdirecting your disappointment. Masa really wanted the merger to happen from day one, Marcelo did the most he could with the limited budget that was set fourth. In fact, I think he did a stupendous job making Sprint a lot slimmer and manageable. Even with the limited funding (V outspent Sprint by quite a massive margin) they still were able to grow subscriber count, and managed to create pretty cool tech like the Magic Box and the massive explosion of small cell(especially in terms of legislation) and Massive MIMO all happened under Marcelo's limited budget reign. While the Radio Shack partership seemed like a bad deal, in hindsight, a ton of those stores ended up being Sprint stores that are still around, and I'm sure they got a sweetheart deal with leases (that's why ex-RadioShack execs were suing Sprint) The Tidal investment on the other hand was weak at best, but even then, $200 million is a drop in the bucket and will barely move the needle in terms of Capex.
  10. 5 points
    Here you go!! I am in Chicago until Monday, Let me know if you want to see anything else
  11. 5 points
    Verizon and At&t didnt participate in the 600 auction because they have plenty of low band to go around. Verizon has 1-2 layers of lowband b13 and b5. Att has 2-3 layers b5, b12/17 and b14. Sprint needed that lowband and would have drastically improved coverage and capacity for lowband. 3-5mhz of b26 that it's not even aggregated is not going to cut it. Sprint has lied before. Where is Gigabit LTE that they announced 16 months ago that was supposed to launch in 2017??? Why is Sprint all of a sudden really quiet about 4xCA that was supposed to launch?? Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  12. 5 points
    I haven't ready his testimony and probably won't have a chance to until late tonight or tomorrow, but much like the FCC document, why is this a surprise? Part of the sell job to the regulators and anyone like congress that could potentially step in the way of this is that Sprint (and T-Mobile makes the same argument themselves in their portion of the FCC filing as well) are in precarious position going forward with significant competitive disadvantages to AT&T and Verizon. Selling this, and specifically selling this angle is why Claure is no longer the CEO and why Combes and the rest of the executive team is on a cross country roadshow telling employees the exact opposite of what Claure is telling the regulators. It is all part of the dance.
  13. 5 points
    How to watch Sprint and T-Mobile execs pitch their merger to Congress on Wednesday https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/game-of-phones-examining-the-competitive-impact-of-the-t-mobile_sprint-transaction
  14. 5 points
  15. 5 points
  16. 4 points
    The fact that it seems Neville (as much as folks here loved to slam him) gets stuff done and delivered. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. 4 points
    So I just stumbled across what appears to be a new Sprint mini macro or small cell in Lake City right by Columbia High School it is still under construction by Mobilitie and the site id listed on the pole is JA90XS054 pics here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jhg5b5qfffimeoc/AAAnogePf_IEtZcie67spx7Ha?dl=0 EDIT: Just uploaded permit to the dropbox folder as well
  18. 4 points
    They are not saying two different things. They are saying two different parts of the same story. Combs: we are investing 5-7 billion in out network for the next two years. Marcelo: we are but it will not likily change the overall market and we wont gain significant scale out of the investment. Combs: we are building a a 5g network with deep spectrum assets. Marcelo: yes we are, but it will be limited geographically to major metros and it wont penetrate buildings for crap. See? Same story, just different parts.
  19. 4 points
  20. 4 points
    Interesting analysis over in Seeking Alpha. Sprint and T-Mobile Merger: The 12 points from the FCC Filing that signal merger approval and potential appreciation. TS
  21. 3 points
    New plans incoming... These look a lot more in line with Tmobile, more feature rich (Tidal and Hulu included) and sustainable, even prioritization has been bumped to 50GB..
  22. 3 points
    This merger is also happening because of mismanagement by Marcelo, and as a Sprint shareholder, that makes me pretty upset. One thing I’ll never understand is why at his direction Sprint spent so much money on retail stores, whether it was the RadioShack deal or overhauling the retail stores themselves. Marcelo repeatedly said retail store distribution being lacking vs its competitors was an issue of concern.(https://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2017/06/sprint-ramps-distribution-push-adding-jobs-opening-60-new-stores-new-england) I disagree. Aside from the subpar state of the Network, the poorly functioning Sprint website should have been the primary issue of concern. If a retail store is dingy or outdated, that only affects the people who go to that store. However, if the Sprint website doesn’t work well, that can affect tens of millions of people, current and prospective customers alike. Same goes for a tower site, which can affect thousands or tends of thousands of people or more. Poor coverage at an airport can affect millions of customers on an annual basis alone. Marcelo had his priorities completely wrong on this and virtually all the money spent on physical retail should have been thrown into Network Capex... $200 Million for Tidal included.
  23. 3 points
    Prayers have been answered. Somehow sprint has LTE in Penn Station. I havent seen any change in the DAS antennas that are all over but I'm getting strong B25 signals. Same set up as above ground 10x10 + 5x5. Speeds aren't great but it's better than before. I guess this is sort of a GMO conversation type of set up for a DAS. edit: just got confirmation there is also B26 but B41 is still pending with no date. my guess is the antennas can't broadcast 2500mhz
  24. 3 points
    Intended Pun Sent from my SM-N920P using Tapatalk
  25. 3 points
    Anecdotal reply: I reactivated my Palm Pre over the weekend and have had no problems with EVDO around the KC metro. I'm going to carry it for a few weeks as my primary. #webosforever