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Everything posted by bigsnake49

  1. Fixed 5G will not solve anything when the backhaul provider will charge you an arm and a leg and is the same provider whose ox you're goring by providing competition for his last mile fixed wired connection.
  2. I have no problem paying more if it gets me more speed. Not that I have any choice. It's either Charter with 100Mbits/sec or AT&T with 25Mbits/sec.
  3. No, I, as the consumer do not want to be charged twice, once for the connection and another time for streaming or consuming content by my ISP. The content provider pays for the connection on their end and I pay for mine. I also do not want my ISP to use paid lanes to favor certain content over others.
  4. Yeah Charlie Ergen might have screwed Sprint in the past with driving up the price for Clearwire and then Sprint but sometimes you have to sit down and break bread with your former enemies. If the two of them want to offer ala carte wireless TV it would behoove both to cooperate. Sprint has the network assets and 2.5 spectrum and Dish has midband and low band spectrum and content. It will take a lot of spectrum to offer ala carte content starting and stopping at any time. Also require caching video servers "close" to the ultimate consumers. But it will also take either acquiring or partnering with a fiber rich company such as Zayo or Level 3 or even some cable cos. Didn't Level 3 just got acquired by Century Link?
  5. Not to mention midband and 600Mhz spectrum. Then Sprint can take advantage of the combined assets to offer ala cart TV. Or they can partner with cable cos and together offer video to cord cutters.
  6. Because Apple thinks that they're asking too much for their patents and that the patents are asking for a percentage of the phone price. The more expensive the phone even if that is due to more memory or bigger screen, the more money Qualcomm makes even though they don't have anything to do with the components that contribute to the additional cost. Qualcomm is mad because they lost out on the half of the LTE modems that Apple is sourcing from Intel and that Apple is not using their processors instead of building their own. As soon as Intel modems catch up to Qualcomm and include CDMA for Sprint/Verizon, I predict Apple will no longer use Qualcomm. It would not surprise me if after CDMA goes completely away Apple does not start making their own LTE/5G modems or acquire a company.
  7. It depends. LAA is only going to be found in small cells probably implemented along with massive MIMO for high traffic areas. It will be a supplement to band 41. That's why Sprint is not chomping at the bit to implement it. Cable cos will probably implement it as strand mounted small cells and would have the upper hand since they don't need permits for those.
  8. Sprint achieved 120-140MHz using just 5Mhz of 3.5GHz spectrum using LAA in conjunction with SpiderCloud. LAA is in Sprint's long term plans. https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/sprint-achieves-120-140-mbps-laa-deployment-spidercloud-says-laa-long-term-roadmap
  9. The problem is that until Intel also implements the same features in their chipsets, Apple will not include them in their feature list even if Qualcomm did already. Plus Apple does not want to be the leading edge guinea pig.
  10. Wild speculation about Dish

    I wonder how they're getting around the isolation/correlation problem at the low bands. Antenna design has totally changed since I took the class :).
  11. Wild speculation about Dish

    Dish and Charlie Ergen has always fascinated me but is it or he out of his depth? Dish has accumulated a vast amount of spectrum including nearly national 10x10 in 600MHz spectrum. I don't for a moment believe the cockamamie IoT story. Verizon does not seem interested in acquiring Dish or its spectrum. They are concentrating in small cells, LTE-U and 5G/millimeter wave. AT&T also does not seem interested. T-Mobile and Sprint have plenty of spectrum and will also participate in the LTE-U effort. So where does that leave Dish/Ergen? What about Comcast? If you're going to go into wireless why only acquire a puny 5x5 sliver? Is there another player that might be interested in entering the market. Tim Farrar suggested Amazon in partnership with Dish and the cable cos. What does each partner get out of it? Dish gets plenty of bandwidth for its Sling service. Cable cos get plenty of spectrum for a nationwide network and get to market to millennials and cord cutters that live on their phones. They can also bundle wireless service with their other offering for a quadruple play. Amazon gets a network for their delivery drones and wireless service for their video/music offerings and their tablets. What say you?
  12. Wild speculation about Dish

    Lots of compromises to achieve it. Are you sure that those are 4x2 low frequency antennas and not mid frequency?
  13. Wild speculation about Dish

    Heck it's almost impossible at the site level.
  14. Wild speculation about Dish

    I have also advocated using Band D&E as uplink. But I think it is better for Dish to trade it's Band E holdings for AT&T's 600MHz holdings. Also get hold of Comcast 600Mhz holdings in some kind of arrangement so that Comcast can roam off Dish's 600Mhz after WiFi and 3.5GHz CBRS. Then horse trade some of that abundant urban spectrum to T-Mobile for a nationwide 5MHz slice for the rural areas to add to its already existing 5Mhz for a respectable 10MHz nationwide and much more in the cities. I also don't believe that Dish wants to deploy its' network for IOT. There is no money in IOT certainly not enough to deploy a $10B nationwide network. I believe that Dish wants to appeal to cord cutters and sell them skinny bundles or even ala carte video. Will its midband holdings be enough even though they're very decent? Maybe in the beginning but in the end I would think that a partnership between Sprint and Dish makes way too much sense. Dish's deployment cost will be cut substantially if they partner with Sprint. Sprint gets access to Dish's midband and low band spectrum and content. Dish gets another outlet for their video offerings and can offer triple play for their customers.
  15. Wild speculation about Dish

    Band 29 is already supported by phones as far back as the LG G3 and iPhone 6. According to Fiercewireless: "AT&T is quietly deploying a 10 MHz block of 700 MHz spectrum in New York and other markets, according to Walter Piecyk of BTIG Research. And that could position it to swing a spectrum deal that would benefit Dish Network. The deployment is being used for increased capacity and faster data speeds, supplementing AT&T’s PCS and WCS spectrum. It’s a combination of two adjacent 6 MHz blocks of spectrum D and E, Piecyk noted in a blog post. AT&T owns both blocks in some markets, covering one-fourth of the population in some of the nation’s biggest cities." https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/at-t-s-band-29-deployment-sets-up-potential-spectrum-deal-dish-piecyk Later on in the same article Piecyk supports a spectrum swap between AT&T and Dish of AT&T's 600MHz winnings and Dish's 700Mhz Band E.
  16. Wild speculation about Dish

    If it is used as a supplemental downlink to AWS and PCS then the primary band in that aggregation scheme will be the AWS band or PCS band. I would use it as downlink for coverage at the coverage edge (exurban, suburban, rural). Have it deployed with 700Mhz spacing. Use it when you're farther from the site or inside a concrete bunker. In this way it will be used only where needed. AJ also forgot that Dish won nationwide licenses in the 600MHz auction. Now granted some of them won't be available for a while (2020?).
  17. Wild speculation about Dish

    Now granted it's only 5x5 in the vast majority of the country except around cities.
  18. Wild speculation about Dish

    It could be used for uplink with a midband downlink. It can also be used as a supplemental downlink.
  19. Wild speculation about Dish

    I still think that Sprint can use some of Dish's mid and low spectrum capacity. Hopefully they can partner on Dish's deployment.
  20. Between Dish, Comcast and AT&T you might be able to assemble a nice little trove of 600MHz spectrum particularly in urban areas. If Sprint was not so cash strapped...
  21. For some reason neither Verizon nor T-Mobile had those problems with their small cell deployments. It's what happens when you go with the low cost bidder.
  22. I believe that working with cable cos to implement strand and pole mounted small cells is the way to go forward. But yeah they cannot substitute for well spaced macros.
  23. Meanwhile, DT chairman has left open the possibility of merger: FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE) left the door open to a merger of its T-Mobile US business (TMUS.O) days after the collapse of a deal between its U.S. business and Sprint Corp (S.N). https://finance.yahoo.com/news/deutsche-telekom-raises-guidance-collapse-061452645.html
  24. One thing that Marcello talked about is that the small cell strategy while successful in some areas was not as successful in others and that basically forced the pivot to traditional macro sites. “The last year and a half, two years have been a great learning experience. We’ve tried to disrupt the way networks get built. We’ve been successful in certain areas and, to be fair, we haven’t been successful in others,” he conceded. “So we’re going to go toward a more traditional network build-out. Our friends at the tower companies I think are going to be very happy.” http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/sprint-s-claure-tower-companies-going-to-be-very-happy-our-capex