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  1. 17 points
    I would do the New T-Mobile initially because I would be excited to watch the progress. And since I am already a Tmo customer, it would just happen by default. However, if they started jacking up pricing and VZW or AT&T were less expensive, I would consider a switch. I do not have any unnatural loyalty to the new Sprint/T-Mobile merged company. They will have to keep at it to keep my business in the long run. Robert
  2. 15 points
  3. 10 points
    With some patience I found and documented a Band 41 - 5 Carrier site at 1903 S Perdieu Rd, Muncie, IN. I know some other 5 carrier sites have been found, but this is the first one to my knowledge that has been well documented with the SignalCheck Pro Google Play app: _id first_time last_time gci pci tac dl_chan rsrp latitude longitude Signal Type V20 4/30/18 13:01 4/30/18 13:22 0934D300 66 18695 40978 -80 40.180995 -85.438152 B41 Sprint G2-4 4/30/18 13:09 4/30/18 13:19 0934D300 66 18695 0 -95 40.180433 -85.434040 B41 Sprint G2-2 4/30/18 12:59 4/30/18 13:25 0934D300 66 18695 40978 -93 40.180490 -85.433966 B41 Sprint G2-2 4/30/18 12:54 4/30/18 12:58 0934D301 112 18695 40978 -83 40.174408 -85.433624 B41 Sprint V20 4/30/18 13:22 4/30/18 13:23 0934D302 287 18695 40978 -96 40.181127 -85.451040 B41 Sprint G2-2 4/30/18 13:21 4/30/18 13:22 0934D302 287 18695 40978 -98 40.181117 -85.451814 B41 Sprint V20 4/30/18 13:19 4/30/18 13:20 0934D303 66 18695 41176 -87 40.180478 -85.433987 B41#2 Spr G2-2 4/30/18 13:01 4/30/18 13:20 0934D303 66 18695 41176 -98 40.180435 -85.434059 B41#2 Spr V20 4/30/18 12:55 4/30/18 12:58 0934D304 112 18695 41176 -79 40.174245 -85.433698 B41#2 Spr V20 4/30/18 12:56 4/30/18 12:57 0934D305 287 18695 41176 -77 40.171664 -85.433627 B41#2 Spr V20 4/30/18 12:59 4/30/18 13:16 0934D306 66 18695 41374 -87 40.178872 -85.433790 B41#3 Spr G2-2 4/30/18 13:14 4/30/18 13:23 0934D306 66 18695 41374 -97 40.180435 -85.434059 B41#3 Spr V20 4/30/18 12:58 4/30/18 12:59 0934D307 112 18695 41374 -83 40.176637 -85.433700 B41#3 Spr G2-2 4/30/18 12:58 4/30/18 12:59 0934D307 112 18695 41374 -89 40.177987 -85.433769 B41#3 Spr V20 4/30/18 12:59 4/30/18 12:59 0934D308 287 18695 41374 -94 40.178209 -85.433766 B41#3 Spr V20 4/30/18 13:16 4/30/18 13:18 0934D309 66 18695 40521 -90 40.180478 -85.433987 B41#4 Spr G2-4 4/30/18 13:09 4/30/18 13:09 0934D309 66 18695 0 -96 40.179976 -85.431370 B41#4 Spr G2-2 4/30/18 12:59 4/30/18 13:21 0934D309 66 18695 40521 -87 40.180958 -85.436124 B41#4 Spr V20 4/30/18 12:58 4/30/18 12:58 0934D30A 112 18695 40521 -86 40.176637 -85.433700 B41#4 Spr V20 4/30/18 13:03 4/30/18 13:21 0934D30C 66 18695 40719 -89 40.180478 -85.433987 B41#5 Spr G2-2 4/30/18 13:00 4/30/18 13:21 0934D30C 66 18695 40719 -88 40.180847 -85.433804 B41#5 Spr G2-2 4/30/18 12:58 4/30/18 12:58 0934D30D 112 18695 40719 -83 40.176695 -85.433667 B41#5 Spr The sixth carrier is used by Magic Boxes: _id first_time last_time gci pci tac dl_chan rsrp latitude longitude Signal Type G2-2 4/30/18 13:52 4/30/18 13:54 0FA1333A 491 53540 39874 -104 40.215065 -85.422384 MagicBox This would leave the mid B41 available for 5G. Delaware County Indiana has a wealth of Spectrum. Sprint controls the entire B41 band: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BDo7S2IGuvrU-0tjd9ZPdys3TV3qzGgGISvFX7em2do/edit?usp=sharing/edit?usp=sharing This county also has two B25 LTE 1900 10x10 carriers: (Just showing same site for clarity, but seen at every site) _id first_time last_time gci pci tac dl_chan rsrp latitude longitude Signal Type G2-3 12/31/69 19:00 4/30/18 13:22 09208300 144 18695 8140 -71 40.179302 -85.433792 B25-10x10 V20 4/30/18 12:54 09208301 4 18695 8140 -100 40.167485 -85.403290 B25-10x10 G2-3 12/31/69 19:00 4/30/18 12:58 09208301 4 18695 8140 -74 40.172063 -85.433631 B25-10x10 V20 4/30/18 13:23 09208302 86 18695 8140 -106 40.181219 -85.459734 B25-10x10 G2-3 12/31/69 19:00 4/30/18 13:23 09208302 86 18695 8140 -95 40.181169 -85.448522 B25-10x10 G2-3 4/30/18 12:59 4/30/18 13:04 09208306 144 18695 8640 -82 40.180507 -85.434013 B25#2-10 V20 4/30/18 12:53 4/30/18 12:55 09208307 4 18695 8640 -92 40.167494 -85.403424 B25#2-10 G2-3 4/30/18 12:53 4/30/18 12:59 09208307 4 18695 8640 -68 40.177389 -85.433728 B25#2-10 G2-3 4/30/18 13:22 4/30/18 13:23 09208308 86 18695 8640 -102 40.181238 -85.455842 B25#2-10 The second tab on the above sheet shows the B25 Spectrum. Here are some photos of the B41 Five Carrier Site: A standard B25/B26 NV site with B41 8T8R and typical antenna on the top rack (it could be yours if your market has the spectrum). Record speeds for my older LG V20, a S9/S9+ user should check it out.
  4. 8 points
    That's Incorrect. T-mobile did a full rip and replace when they added Nokia to more than half of their regions to replace a hodgepodge of legacy nortel, lucent, and eventually Huawei (through MetroPCS) equipment. Though they had newer equipment in most places capable of supporting HSPA and DC-HSPA, significant ground and radome level modifications were done to bring it up to speed to support LTE service. In many cases it means ripping out the entirety of whats already in the existing base stations. The nature of them also having more recent equipment capable of HSPA means that the move from that to LTE went fairly smoothly as backward compatibility was easy to handle. Legacy Sprint and new modern eNB? Well.... ask those that lived in Motorola regions or those that were in Samsung regions where modern eNBs could not communicate over CSFB to legacy nortel and lucent equipment... Edit: addedum. Sprint was also deploying CDMA 1x800. Legacy equipment cannot be sourced for that as Lucent, Nortel, and Motorola no longer existed and those equipment were long depreciated / EOL'd.
  5. 8 points
    To the earlier discussion about the number of cell sites being turned off, I did a little bit of an analysis. I used Spotsylvania County, VA as my example case, excluding the Shentel area. I put both the Sprint and T-Mobile sites on a map. The total number of sites is 18. Of those, 12 are shared between Sprint and T-Mobile. Of the remaining six, 5 are Sprint-only and 1 is T-Mobile only. While the 1 T-Mobile only site is kind of near one of the Sprint-only sites, both are on I-95 and AT&T is actually on both towers, so I would expect them to keep both. So even though 2/3 of the Sprint sites would presumably go away in Spotsylvania County, the actual change in service would be effectively zero. - Trip
  6. 7 points
    Marcelo just confirmed that Capex guidance will continue as planned. No cut backs due to merger.
  7. 7 points
    http://s21.q4cdn.com/487940486/files/doc_financials/quarterly/2017/q4/Fiscal-4Q17-Earnings-Release-FINAL.pdf Final 2017 Capex was $3.3 billion narrowly missing the $3.5-$4 billion guidance. FY 2018 Capex guidance remains $5-6 billion Marcelo Claure is out as CEO, being transitioned to "Executive Chairman." Michel Combes as the new CEO. Claure will also be COO of SoftBank and CEO of SoftBank International. http://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-elevates-marcelo-claure-to-executive-chairman-and-appoints-michel-combes-as-ceo.htm
  8. 7 points
    Leave it up to the Onion to jump on the Sprint / T-Mobile merge bandwagon. lol
  9. 7 points
    That's a convenient stand. No one else makes a big stand on a network initiative, defines it, titles it and then has a site that reports on it and measures it. All the other networks start new internal initiatives before others end. They are all in incremental movements going forward. They are just quiet about it and making it almost impossible to track and measure. But with Sprint, it's different. We are watching a very detailed and explained network progression that S4GRU watches very closely and our members report every movement. So we know everywhere that everything is happening. And not happening for that matter. If we all just sat back and watched for the LTE signal icon or cared about whether the network worked for them, Sprint wouldn't be judged so harshly. Like I said before, Sprint keeps getting better and better. Not worse and worse. And in every way. So you can say whatever you like, but Sprint is in a better position. And they are in a better position to keep upgrading too. In my area, Sprint outperforms Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T in most places. Regardless of what some of you said above about Seattle, we are one of the most important tech markets in the country. And Sprint is kicking it here. And we have only a little 800MHz deployed so far. It's going to get even better. And there are many places like Seattle in the country. But you just keep on being negative. It's OK. But negative Sprint comments at S4GRU need to be constructive in nature. And this thread is starting to get sideways. The bitching is rising. And for no good reason except for some of you just don't believe it. As if they haven't been pouring billions in the network and it hasn't been getting better and better every year. There's lots of places for people to bitch about Sprint and how you're not convinced. But S4GRU ain't one of them. Thanks. Robert
  10. 6 points
    Another good shot of Massive MIMO antenna(center) compared to what looks like 8t8r(right)
  11. 6 points
  12. 6 points
    All this gloom and doom. And Sprint is still better than it's ever been. But now. Now it's the end. LOL I've got a headline for you... NAYSAYERS SAY NAY. That's all they ever say.
  13. 5 points
    I did on that too in the same post 😀 Yeah with merger approval prospects 50/50 at best each company needs to continue operating as if the merger isn't going to go through to an extent. An analyst tried to address the following on the call, but Marcelo didn't really give a great answer and it didn't come up on T-Mobile's earnings call at all... The question to ask Neville Ray or John Legere and even to an extent Marcelo, Combes, and Saw is ok you guys have indentified approximately 35,000 sites between the two networks that would be decommissioned under a merger, how solid is that estimate? Have you actually started to go through and identify specific sites or are we just talking general estimates right now? Because if they've reached the specific site stage (and it is possible that they have especially on T-Mobile's side as part of their due diligence) does Sprint have T-Mobile's list? With T-Mobile spending $4.9 to $5.3 billion and Sprint spending $5 to $6 billion this year, ideally (again especially of you are T-Mobile) you'd find a way to have that money spent intelligently.
  14. 5 points
    Non-redundant Sprint sites will be kept. and the new T-Mobile intends to keep all of the spectrum. You can bet that Sprint bands will be deployed on T-Mobile sites that don't already have Sprint co-located on the same tower. I have a feeling some T-Mobile sites will go as well, in cases where Sprint has the better position or lease terms on the tower/site.
  15. 5 points
    I hope the government shuts this down again LOL, thats not how mergers work. (laughing at the corporate line, not the messenger)
  16. 5 points
    We should avoid abbreviating Massive MIMO as MM. It doesn't make sense and it can easily be confused for Mini Macro.
  17. 4 points
    Shentel reiterated how the merger will (or won't) affect their business during their earnings call. https://seekingalpha.com/article/4169510?source=ansh Before I conclude, let me summarize how the Sprint/T-Mobile merger will impact Shentel. There’s a waterfall with that. first, Shentel agrees not to file an injunction to try to block the merger assuming the merger gets approved upon the closing of the deal, the new T-Mobile will have 60 days to decide if they want to buy our Wireless business. Not all the Shentel just the wireless subsidiary, not the towers or our fiber network. if they do decide to buy our wireless business, there is a formula that you provide to our shareholders, a very handsome return. If they choose not to buy our wireless business, Shentel will remain an affiliate of the New T-Mobile and for the next 180 days, we have the option to acquire the T- mobile customers and that work in our 7 million POPs service area at 75% of the value of the customers and asset as determined by the merger value. If we can’t finance the purchase, then the New T-Mobile will finance the purchase at their cost of capital for up to five years. if Shentel decides not to buy T-Mobile network and customers, then the new T-Mobile must turn off the T-Mobile network that overlaps Shentel within two years. As Chris said at this point, we’re not going to spend a lot of time speculating, but we’ll continue to stay focused on running our business.
  18. 4 points
    If Softbank didn't own over 84% of the stock they would be massive class action suits against Sprint right now. They always were lying during their earning calls, there was never a turnaround for this company because that mean investments on your network. You could tell that Son never had an interest in fixing Sprint otherwise he would have made the investments on the network including getting into the 600mhz auction to get expansions and VOLTE rolling. Instead, he went on a credit card spending spree on a chip and robotic company hell he even invested in Uber too. Softbank could find a lot of money to buy ARM, but they couldn't invest at least 5 billion yearly in the Sprint network. In order to keep frustrated customers, they came with an inexpensive band-aid fix in the Magic Box. Claure cut so much out of Sprint that he even closed call centers located here in America thus customer service started to take a hit. I hope the DOJ blocks this merger then it would force Softbank to sell Sprint for half the price to a cable company. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/regulators-probing-t-mobile-deal-162152132.html
  19. 4 points
    *Should have, Could have, Would have
  20. 4 points
    Yeah, let's not look at the free cash flow, revenues, dividen payouts or anything else when we think about how burdensome the respective debt loads are. Let's just look at total debt, because that is the whole story. Look, warren buffet has more debt than I do, I must be doing better than him!
  21. 4 points
    Wait 40 billion in Capex for the next 3 years...jesus. Let’s get this merger approved ASAP lol
  22. 4 points
    Here what I got from the call. 85 thousand macro towers after 35 thousand are decommissioned and decommissionimg would happen last so not to disrupt the network. Capex of 40 billion over 3 years after approval. 2-3 years to completely migrate Sprint customers over to TMobile volte and leaving 800 cdma on til that happens. Immediate roaming access on day one. T-Mobile towers will get 2.5 equipment and remaining Sprint towers will get T-Mobile equipment. Significantly more massive mimo than if Sprint what's to do it alone They want all the spectrum and don't plan to divest. 2 headquarters will stay. Rural America will get hundreds of new towers and 5G access aka true nationwide. More jobs and lower prices. Comcast apparently is going to be the new 4th player maybe? They will have 50 thousand small cells and that's not counting magic boxes. Business will continue as usual on both sides until the outcome and no plans for network deployments have changed.
  23. 4 points
    And it’s official: http://newsroom.sprint.com/t-mobile-and-sprint-to-combine.htm
  24. 3 points
    Let's face it.. the big reason why any of us S4GRU people would want this merger to go through is we know T-Mobile would move in a rapid pace, quicker than Sprint ever has, getting B41 on all sites. Sometimes I feel like it would take T-Mobile to get B41 on all sites, and I'm not just talking about ones in the middle of nowhere. TM has been bragging about their B71 expansion and how many sites in a week they have completed. Has Sprint ever been able to brag like this?
  25. 3 points
    I think they should do away with both names. Some don’t want to be under the Sprint name or the T-Mobile name. I think creating a new name would usher in a new era for the combined companies.