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Everything posted by bigsnake49

  1. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    All of these speedtests by all of these carriers are great. What I am looking for is consistent coverage and consistent speeds. It does not help me if in one spot it's 150Mbits and then in another 3G. I would be perfectly happy if it was consistently between 10-20Mbits throughout the coverage area.
  2. Charter and Sprint can both benefit from strand and pole mounted small cells. They can cost share on small cells that broadcast on 2.5GHz, CBRS and LAA spectrum.
  3. Sprint is still a telecom company and not a wireless company at heart. Which means lots of bureaucracy and stilted decision making. T-Mobile USA was always more entrepreneurial. Now if you look at employee headcount, T-Mobile has approximately 50,000 and Sprint 28,000. Hmmmmm....it seems Sprint outsources a lot of work.
  4. I can benefit from Charter coming out with their wireless offering. None of our 4 lines goes over 1.5 GB a month so we will be good candidates for their $12/GB plan provided they follow Comcast in their pricing.
  5. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    cmWave of course .
  6. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    I am very confident that most of 5G/LTE expansion will be in the CBRS band, the 3.7-4.2 GHz band and the 5GHz band (LAA). Plenty of spectrum to be had there. If I am Sprint I cozy up to the cable cos on LAA with strand and pole mounted small cells that also accommodate band 41. Win-win situation.
  7. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Yes and removal of offending equipment if they can't be fixed.
  8. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    They will have to share. LAA has a listen before transmit feature to avoid interference.
  9. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    Well actually, since LAA requires licensed spectrum for the control signals, they will use 5GHz in completion with WiFi users. Cable cos can only use LAA if they rent licensed spectrum from cellular carriers. Now since Comcast has 600Mhz spectrum they might use it for LAA.
  10. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    In order to deploy nationwide it would require vast numbers of small cells. I predict that it will redeployed at least initially in stadiums, malls, large buildings, box stores, etc. T-Mobile will have to share the spectrum with other carriers and cable cos that have an advantage in that they can use strand mounted small cells.
  11. T-Mobile LTE & Network Discussion V2

    it uses carrier aggregation of both the 5GHZ band, yep the same band that WiFi uses and a licensed LTE band. The licensed part is used for control signals. The 5GHz band is shared with WiFi users and other carriers that decide to implement LAA. If nobody else is using it it is capable of vast amounts of bandwidth. If everybody else is using as well the available bandwidth goes down precipitously!
  12. There will be an auction where you bid to provide such broadband for the lowest price. Maybe Sprint can bid in that auction to help defray some of their rural expansion costs.
  13. That's basically peanuts. Maybe enough for protection sites. I still think that their best best is to be acquired. This payTV side lost another 121K customers. Their SlingTV is doing great however.
  14. Alltel was a very healthy company financially with very low debt that would have complemented Sprint's coverage. Alltel had approached Sprint repeatedly about a merger but Forsee was totally blind. Alltel finally gave up and sold itself to a hedge fund that used Alltel's borrowing ability to borrow the money for the buyout. So Alltel was heavy leveraged after the buyout but not before. Sprint was in perfect position to merge with them before the hedge fund buyout.
  15. 3.7-4.2GHz band NPRM

    We all know and love the CBRS band from 3550-3700MHz. There are certain incumbents in that band (cough DoD, cough) but a sharing mechanism has been established. Part of the sharing mechanism involves reduced power to avoid interference with the incumbents. What about the band above it, 3.7-4.2GHz? Well it turns out that Intelsat owns all of it as of right now. However the wireless operators have been eyeing it for a while. Verizon wants to buy a chunk of it from Intelsat, let's say 100Mhz and let Intelsat use the rest for whatever they're using it right now. T-Mobile wants the FCC to have a two phase auction ala 600Mhz auction in which Intelsat gets compensated by the proceeds of the auction. AT&T does not seem to be interested because they're busy with the Firstnet deployment and who knows what Sprint is thinking? Well what about Dish, where do they come in? Well it was long thought that Verizon was the only customer for their spectrum. What happens if Verizon gets a chunk of the 3.7-42GHz band? Between LAA, CBRS and this new band, it seems that Dish's spectrum has no buyers anymore. Tim Farrar explains it very well here: http://tmfassociates.com/blog/2018/01/29/the-art-of-the-deal/
  16. Imagine if Son had actually let Sprint spend some money to get their network in order while pursuing the T-Tmobile merger.
  17. While they agree to swap spectrum on a market bases, the actual spectrum swaps have to be done on a site by site basis. It could be a software switch but people from Sprint and the other carriers actually have to do it, possibly late at night/early morning, then do a drive by test. It's probably the testing that is actually holding it up.
  18. XFinity Mobile

    Comcast lost over one billion on XFinity Mobile according to this article in the Philadelphia Enquirer: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/comcast/comcasts-xfinity-mobile-losses-billion-20180202.html Wow, did they prepay for all the data used for the next five years?
  19. Do we know that all of those spectrum swaps are actually finished? Maybe they can just use the 800MHz CDMA channel as fall back and use all of the 1900Mhz spectrum for LTE and VOLTE.
  20. Dish has an unrealistic idea of what their spectrum is worth. With 4x4 MIMO, 256QAM, Massive MIMO hotspots, LAA, 3.5GHz there is plenty of spectrum available even before millimeter spectrum. They totally distorted the AWS-3 auction and caused Sprint to overpay for Clearwire and Softbank to overpay for Sprint. So let's just say that they have no friends among the 4 Cellular carriers. But at some point or another they will make a deal with somebody. Will it include the Satellite business which has been losing customers for a while now or just Sling and the spectrum?
  21. Do you mean their 600Mhz holdings? Yes it is 5Mhz nationwide but more in the urban areas. If I was Dish, I would let T-Mobile host the 600Mhz spectrum and maybe the AWS-3 spectrum. Now AWS-4 is different animal altogether.
  22. They will be to the deficit but then we totally stopped caring about that.
  23. Solid results for Sprint! I was wondering how they would get affected by the tax cuts. Hopefully the savings from it will help accelerate the network improvements.
  24. I am all for it whether it is built by the government or a consortium of the companies themselves. There is way too much duplication and overlap among the companies and you know who ultimately pays for it.
  25. I still don't see a really convincing business case for 5G. The only benefit I see is lower latency. With LAA on 5GHz and CBRS being opened up the need for capacity will be quenched for a long time. Not to mention Massive MIMO, 256QAM, etc.