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  1. RedSpark

    T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    That’s a huge advantage for Sprint. Sprint’s PR/Comms shop needs to be on the ball here.
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    T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    https://www.pcmag.com/news/360673/t-mobile-5g-wont-start-out-much-faster-than-4g This sums up T-Mobile’s 5G Deployment Issue: According to Karri Kuoppamaki, T-Mobile's VP of radio network technology development and strategy, higher-frequency millimeter wave spectrum only has cells about 900 feet wide, though Verizon's chief network officer Nicola Palmer said last year that they can get gigabit speeds at 2,000 feet from a cell. _______ So that’s a 900 foot cell radius which comes out to 0.1 square miles. The continental US is over 3 million square miles. T-Mobile’s 600MHz network doesn’t have the carrying capacity for true 5G speeds so it will need to supplement with millimeter wave in high-speed hotspots.... and the economics for a wide deployment of that are hard to justify. VS. Dr. Saw previously said this about Millimeter Wave: https://www.lightreading.com/mobile/5g/sprint-says-no-to-mmwave-yes-to-mobile-5g/d/d-id/739592 Sprint's CTO said Wednesday that he is not sure that using millimeter waves to deliver 5G services is a practical economic use of the high-band spectrum and that Sprint will be focusing on using its existing bandwidth to deploy 5G, at least initially. _________ Dr. Saw’s specific quotes: "What is the cost to deliver a bit over millimeter waves? Where is the business case on that?" John Saw asked at the Citi conference in Las Vegas. and "We need to solve the cost challenges before you can scale millimeter wave," Saw said. He did say that mmWave could be useful as a hotspot "overlay" to a lower band 5G network, but he added that "the laws of physics say it won't propagate very far."
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    iPhone 8, 8+, X announced

    Interesting development: https://www.fastcompany.com/40564327/intel-to-supply-70-of-iphone-modems-this-year-100-in-2019
  4. RedSpark

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I still have faith and I’m long on Sprint stock. Sprint’s fundamentals are finally on solid ground and it’s making forward progress. The needed investment is finally happening. I believe the push to 5G will put Sprint at self-sustaining critical mass. In my opinion, the reality is much better than the perception... and Sprint can fix the perception problem by making itself the 5G leader and communicating that effectively.
  5. RedSpark

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I’m holding onto hope! 😎 Any way to find out the other FCC ID’s? Would there necessarily have to be a permit for an Antenna swap?
  6. RedSpark

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Sprint is on its way to being viable competition. I don’t see Sprint going bust. People have been saying this would happen for years, and it hasn’t happened in spite of the waste, bloat and management mistakes that have happened over the years. No way to pay off its debt? That’s what free cash flow is for, and that’s happening. Sprint’s cost structure is finally under control. Sprint also has been able to be creative with its financing through SpectrumCo. Marcelo has finally righted the ship (with credit due to Hesse as well) and Sprint has a viable plan to lead on 5G. I see good things ahead.
  7. RedSpark

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    There’s still a few days of April left! http://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-unveils-5g-ready-massive-mimo-markets.htm
  8. RedSpark

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    And what I’m saying is that you can’t view this potential merger as only a benefit to the company (or companies) and not a potential detriment to consumers and the market as a whole. AT&T is fully capable of generating its own competitive appeal for customers. It didn’t need to acquire T-Mobile for that. Same goes for Sprint. This doesn’t have to happen. What’s supposedly “good” for Sprint isn’t necessarily good for us. Sprint is capable of making it on its own steam... and it should.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I think that any network integration would take a substantial amount of time. And, if you get a device (iPhone, Pixel, etc.) which is compatible on both Sprint and T-Mobile, you won’t be left behind.
  10. RedSpark

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    From everything I’ve heard, the spigot at Sprint is finally open. There’s no indication I’ve been given that any network work has been halted or delayed. I’ve heard from a number of Sprint site folks that they’re super busy right now and that this is what they’ve been waiting for. I don’t think it you should hold out for a new phone based on the possibility of a merger happening. Any merger, if it did actually happen, would require a substantial amount of time to fully integrate the networks, so your device would work for a while. In terms of device longevity and carrier compatibility, nothing compares to the Unlocked iPhone in my opinion. Sure it doesn’t have HPUE yet, but I’ll bet the next one coming this year does. Or, grab yourself a Google Pixel, which is about as close as you can get to the iPhone in terms of carrier compatibility. The Samsung S8/S8+ now has the universal profile too. Perhaps that will make its way to the S9. You can also trade-in your device to offset any costs of a new one due to a merger. Just my thoughts.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    What’s the necessary ROI on a $39 Billion expenditure to warrant it vs a Capital Spend of $3.8 Billion to accomplish the same, which they were clearly capable of doing? Fair enough, I was against the AT&T merger too... and I’m against this one for the same reasons. We shouldn’t trade short term synergies for long term market consolidation, which will for the modern era, be irreversible. I just don’t see the benefits here. Sprint could accomplish this on its own, especially now that more 2.5 GHz Spectrum is going to be available: https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/ebs-portions-2-5-ghz-band-headed-for-big-update-at-fcc. A merger shouldn’t be an escape path for Masa to bail and leave the market more consolidated than when he came in.
  12. RedSpark

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Remember how AT&T was willing to spend $39 Billion to acquire T-Mobile? https://techcrunch.com/2011/08/12/leaked-fcc-doc-reveals-details-of-atts-strategy-for-t-mobile-deal/ AT&T said it needed T-Mobile to increase LTE network coverage from 80% to 97% of the population, and it was willing to spend $39 Billion to acquire it. Of course, we now know that AT&T didn’t need T-Mobile to accomplish that. It had to arrive at 97% simply to keep up with Verizon... and this is aside from DirecTV and other things that it’s done since to be competitive. http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Leaked-ATT-Letter-Demolishes-Case-For-TMobile-Merger-115652 Not only that, the leaked material showed the cost stated by AT&T to expand its LTE coverage from 80% to 97%: $3.8 billion. That’s ~1/10 the amount. So why do you think AT&T wanted to acquire T-Mobile?
  13. RedSpark

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Here’s an interesting take: The DoJ’s corruption investigation of Verizon and AT&T could save us from a Sprint-T-Mobile merger
  14. RedSpark

    Network Mapping

    No one seems to be using Sensorly for Speed Tests in DC. Seems like a ghost town. I used it for a while, but now I’ve been mapping a bunch using the Rootmetrics App. I am amazed at the huge Map difference between T-Mobile and Sprint on the “Fastest Speed Found” Map Layer in the Rootmetrics App. What explains the difference? Does T-Mobile send out people to Speed Test? Do T-Mobile users Speed Test more frequently in the Rootmetrics App? I always thought that Legere didn’t like Rootmetrics.
  15. Here’s how it would compare in size to people’s heads!... https://twitter.com/SprintCTO/status/987431065642991621 And to other gear... https://twitter.com/SprintNetwk/status/987109435788152833