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  1. Assuming you are outside the 14 day return window, order a Magic Box as soon as they are back in stock next month. Once it grabs a faint b41 signal it won't let go. It will also spare your battery life. Worse case it will use b25 to broadcast much stronger b41 signal inside your house. Sent from my LG-LS997 using Tapatalk
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Hmmm Sounds like about what Sprint got with its Nextel purchase: 10-15 MHz equals 5MHz up, 5MHz down, 1.25MHz of 1x800 up 1.25MHz of 1x800 down. The first sites to move are easy compared to those at the end. The FCC offers almost no help at that point given what we have seen with 800MHz. I am also not so certain 600MHz coverage is any greater than 800MHz in square miles. Sent from my LG-LS997 using Tapatalk
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    T-Mobile did make extra payments to speed up the process, something more difficult to do with government safety organizations on 800MHz, especially with limited cadh flow. https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/t-mobile-pay-some-lptv-repack-moves-167217 Sent from my LG-LS997 using Tapatalk
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Both Sprint efforts and the merger are a high stakes gamble with no guarantee of success. They are just trying to pick the right path with limited resources. Masa has always stated that being successful in wireless is a question of scale. Interesting for us to watch, but we don't have all the details. Basically you have a marketing company taking over an engineering company that did not have enough cash. The attempted failed paths make the argument for the merger. Sent from my LG-LS997 using Tapatalk
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    If Sprint had gotten som 600Mhz it would likely have more reason to merge. Unlikely to have deployed any 600Mhz and less money for immediate network improvements. Sent from my LG-LS997 using Tapatalk
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    LG G5 User Thread (LG-LS992)

    Whether Sprint would spring for their usual features/bloatware and distribution/support costs for a two year plus phone remains to be seen. T-Mobile might be more likely. Still many of these phones out there. Sent from my LG-LS997 using Tapatalk
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    Charter Introduces Spectrum Mobile

    Link would be nice. Sounds like a plant the flag effort, but I would expect it to soon expand. One of my relatives had issues with canceling this type of plan due to poor service and took it to the state attorney generals office to get it resolved. Verizon and the cable company were saying the other one was responsible.
  8. That has been discussed as one option of several but not approved to my knowledge. I believe that will come up in the fall. Sent from my LG-LS997 using Tapatalk
  9. Sprint can use what ever it has licensed or leased. With FCC permission it can use the two small gaps. BRS is often by counties. The rest is currently by radius. When the radius overlap, the difference is split. Not all the spectrum is currently licensed, especially in rural areas. The FCC is in process to making revisions and planning to offer more licenses. Sent from my LG-LS997 using Tapatalk
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Note for others: This link works for me in Chrome but not Firefox.
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    SITE UPGRADE WARNING

    403 ERROR The request could not be satisfied. Request blocked. Generated by cloudfront (CloudFront) Request ID: wYxrleriwRlmP1lDOPidiN7fPDGPZrhCRs45IwxJlrPTZu2FgzIEbg== Error still happening when I have issues that allow my phone with tapatalk (latest version) to be the same Natted IP as PC. (Firefox browser (latest).
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    Network Vision/LTE - Cleveland/NE Ohio Market

    In my experience some small cells are to fill outdoor coverage gaps while others are designed for indoor coverage issues. The complicating factor is that it sometimes takes several months for them to go live after power supply lines and meters are installed. The clue is the power meter does start increasing between visits (these sites use a very small amount of power). Then if you are getting good macro band 41 signal at the site look around at the buildings for hospitals, big box stores, restaurants, or other public venues and go inside. Some times it will be visible on the outside from several blocks away (try the cardinal directions or look for low spots). If there is another small cell nearby see if you can carry the signal over from it and then the new small cell should take over. On rare occasions tricky small cells have been found to be using band 26. Sent from my LG-LS997 using Tapatalk
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    SITE UPGRADE WARNING

    Bitten again by bug last night. First time in a while. Sent from my LG-LS997 using Tapatalk
  14. Dave YeagerSprint 4G Rollout UpdatesTuesday, April 3, 2018 - 6:20 PM PDT Exciting times for those of us who track Sprint Macro sites and signals. Sprint has accomplished a lot during the last few years in many places. Even during a period of reduced capital expenditures. Progress has been made by increasing bandwidth and adding carriers to LTE 1900 MHz, adding LTE 2.5 GHz macro and small cell sites, adding 3x3 LTE 800 MHz to many existing sites near the border, and working to eliminate 3G Only Ground Mounted Radio sites by adding LTE in many places*. Some of these improvements have been offset by ever increasing data demands that have doubled every 18 months. For maximum gain, a new plan was needed...Next-Gen. Since late Fall 2017 Columbus S4GRU members have been tracking new permits in Ohio trying to figure out Sprint’s Next-Gen plans in detail. These permits soon made it obvious that multiple site configurations are involved. In late February / early March three Next-Gen sites were found in the Columbus Market. To ensure that these were not just isolated test sites, two identical Next-Gen sites were confirmed in the Cincinnati Market about a week ago. These are new antennas and are a different scenario than described in the prior S4GRU Wall Article on 16 port Triband Antennas. Note that these new antennas (center) are about the same size as the 1900/800 MHz dual band antennas, except thicker and cover 2.5 GHz / 800 MHz. There are 10 ports on the bottom, excluding the 4 AISG ports, for 8T8R 2.5 GHz and 2T2R 800 MHz (plus 2T2R 800 MHz from Network Vision antenna/RRH). The site diagrams from Connecticut list them as Commscope DT465B-2XR-V2, which matches our photos. These new antennas are combined with a 2.5 GHz 8T8R RRH and another 800MHz RRH (a few permits list just one 4 port 800 MHz RRH) and always been found with existing hexport dual band 800/1900 MHz equipment. ** Sprint’s desire to add 2.5 GHz to all sites is well publicized. But why two 800 MHz RRHs? To allow 4x4 MIMO for 800 MHz LTE. While only some tablets will fully benefit from 4x4 MIMO given the antenna size requirements, all devices will benefit from the significant signal propagation and stability improvements over 2xT/R diversity. At the cell edge this is especially true. This will be a major improvement for technologies such as VoLTE where weak signals can wreak havoc on voice quality and even usability. Four Sprint scenarios were noted in some of the Connecticut information. Besides the two scenarios covered in this and the prior wall article, there is a ground mounted radio scenario, which is dated February 28, 2018 -- well past the changeover to Next-Gen antennas seen in the late Fall 2017 permits. Only the Triband decaport (10 port Antenna) is visible in the tower with diplexers and RRHs near the ground providing only 2T2R for 800MHz, 2T4R for the 1900MHz and 4T4R for the 2.5GHz, as shown below: *** *** Below is the current status of our 2017+ permits for the Columbus market to give you an idea of where these antenna scenarios will be used more often. Note that while there is extensive permit information for the Columbus market, not all jurisdictions put permit information online plus accuracy and detail varies. There is at least one Sprint Next-Gen Scenario remaining. Keep watching your local sites, especially if you see improved Band 26 LTE 800 or new Band 41 LTE 2500 signal or GCIs. Report anything new to a S4GRU forum. Include pictures and screen shots. Others will guide you to help figure out what you have found. *For details for my market for 2017: http://s4gru.com/forums/topic/1904-network-visionlte-columbus-market/?page=219&tab=comments#comment-526696 Other spreadsheet markets in this region have similar stories to tell. ** Wiring Diagram source: http://www.ct.gov/csc/lib/csc/ems/east_windsor/southmainst/sprint/em-sprint-047-180126_filing_southmainst_eastwindsor.pdf page 61 of 66 *** Ground mounted Radio Scenario: http://www.ct.gov/csc/lib/csc/ems/stratford/hawleylane/sprint/em-sprint-138-180302_filing_hawleylane.pdf page 7 of 107 Many thanks to lilotimz and kineticman for their assistance with this article.
  15. 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.
  16. Approximately 150/8. Normally when I get 80 around Columbus, the guys with S9+s can get 200.
  17. Was this the result of trying to obtain information for S4Gru?
  18. The left antenna facing towards you has the band 25 LTE with two 10x10 carriers, likely with Band 25 Carrier Aggregation (I did not test for that). The smaller antenna facing towards you on the right with the single RRH and more wires has the Band 41 with 5 carriers for a total of 100Mhz of spectrum. It needs a Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ to tell its maximum level of Band 41 Carrier Aggregation.
  19. Correct. I meant to specify that. Edited. Thanks.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    The big difference in T-Mobiles LTE approach was doing urban areas first, then working outward. Sprint started with rural areas then worked inwards. T-Mobile benefited more customers sooner, thus attracting more customers (assisted by better marketing) and thereby reaped the rewards of better cash flow.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    iirc RRHs add about 20% to the performance of a site, which was a primary reason for Network Vision. Don't forget the 3G reaches further than LTE. I often see sites in rural areas from other carriers that have no RRHs in the countryside. Sprint would have needed more sites in many places without Network Vision due to the limits of Ground Mounted Radio LTE.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Softbank is a conglomerate. Sprint is not their most important investment overall. They can still complete their strategy by owning a smaller slice of a bigger wireless company, especially one that generates its own cash flow. The money Softbank initially planned on putting into Sprint was consumed by a bidding war with Dish over Clearwire. It is hard to raise dedicated money post buyout. Sprint going alone has a lot higher risks than a merger (both are significant risks), especially when increasing cost of capital in markets is likely. Besides the technical aspects, Sprint needs far better marketing and T-Mobile can likely deliver in that area. As a customer, everything will depend whether I get quality service where I need it post merger + a year or two. Otherwise I will go with the carrier that serves me best. Eliminate my favorite towers or redirect them would accelerate this. If they get updated to Next-Gen before the merger, the odds will increase that I will stay and buy new phones.
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    [PSA] Sprint begins Band 13 deployment in Puerto Rico

    Which is why it is good that Sprint reached this deal on Band 13 (700Mhz). The timing of the hurricanes occurred before Sprint decided to put band 41 on every tower. Being now run by the joint venture, the Sprint sites in Puerto Rico may no longer fall under this edict and instead operate more like Shentel. A quick search of ED and BR licenses indicates that Sprint has enough for 20+20+15 over the entire island and then some. Virgin Islands appears to be not so lucky.
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    Network Vision/LTE - Cleveland/NE Ohio Market

    We need more help to get a better picture of improvements. From what we can tell there are lots and lots of improvements occurring in the Cleveland market. Various contractor contacts indicate it may be a site every other day. Help can be a simple as installing Signalcheck Pro (about $3) and sending in the logs which records the best signal location per site sector per band carrier. Other markets get half their site information this way just by people sharing their logs as they go about their normal routine. Taking pictures of sites that are new or changes at existing sites helps even more. Take pictures of the site and a couple of pictures around it so we can best locate it. Street information is essential, but a screenshot of Signalcheck Pro showing the latitude longitude for the site or close to it is even better combine with those pictures. Of course the Cleveland Sponsor has more site info (same donation required - same as a cost of your typical lunch is recommended) and the Cleveland Premier covers band 41 LTE 2500/2600 and band 26 LTE 800 in detail for another donation. Donations are used to keep this site running (volunteer staff help also essential). Sent from my LG-LS997 using Tapatalk
  25. The real issue that remains for Sprint network improvements is cash flow. The reality is Sprint is really just part of a conglomerate, rather than being integrated into Softbank. Thus Softbank will help them on the edges, but it is really up to Sprint to improve themselves. Masa likely told Marcelo to reduce the B41 rollout, after all he admitted he lost heart in Sprint. The current round of upgrades was approved by Masa, but the money was raised by Sprint. Unless this money is in the debt covenants, Softbank could decide to use it elsewhere once again. With data usage doubling every 18 months, refarming could only go so far, thus B41 expansion was the only real choice at this time. It helps when one of your competitors recommends that strategy for Sprint. 5 years ago they did not have the cash.
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