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Everything posted by bigsnake49

  1. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    The cleanest way to do that is to form a third not for profit company that leases the spectrum from the parent company and is solely responsible for network deployment and maintenance. The parent company will then pay the network company for service.
  2. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I am hoping that they merge their networks in some fashion whether with a full on merger or just merging the networks. I admire what T-Mobile has done but I wonder where they would be without the break up fee from AT&T and the $5Bdebt forgiveness that they got from the mothership?
  3. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    It proves that Sprint's promises are just that, promises. They should be taken with a giant block of salt. Himalayan salt at that :). The proof is in the pudding and so far all that Sprint has is the water, no eggs, no nothing.
  4. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    “When you look at our guidance for fiscal year ’16, we continue to say that we expect adjusted cash flow to be around breakeven, which reflects the fact that we are reducing our capex guidance from less than $3 billion to (a range of) $2 billion to $2.3 billion,” CFO Tarek Robbiati said during an earnings call this morning. The move marks at least the third time Sprint has lowered its capex guidance for fiscal year 2016. In May it reduced the figure from $4.5 billion to $3 billion, then in October it lowered it from $3 billion to “less than $3 billion.” http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/sprint-lowers-capex-guidance-again-raising-concerns-over-network
  5. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    They have a 5Mhz license that covers 3/4 of the US but not the East coast and Northeast nor Florida. Their holdings are scattered. It would be beneficial if Sprint acquired them and horsetraded with carriers that already own AWS spectrum for some PCS spectrum. Adding yet another band to support is probably not worth it for Sprint and USCC has not deployed that spectrum either.
  6. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    We have all heard those promises before, like in 2016.
  7. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Can you provide me with a reference to their nationwide spectrum?
  8. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    It is too late. They don't have the money to improve their network so they have to compete on price. When they compete on price they don't have the money to improve their network. It's a vicious cycle. It does not help that T-Mobile has realized most of their gains in customers at the expense of Sprint. If T-mobile actually makes good on their promise of deploying 600Mhz spectrum on an accelerated spectrum, you can kiss Sprint's behind goodbye. I am sure they can then make an alliance with Dish to get access to Dish's spectrum. T-Mobile can make it alone. Sprint cannot. Not as a truly nationwide provider.
  9. XFinity Mobile

    I would think that it should automatically go on WiFi.
  10. XFinity Mobile

    What about outside? Comcast has a pretty extensive outdoor WiFi network. When you go inside does it automatically switch the data connection to your cable/WiFi modem?
  11. XFinity Mobile

    I wonder if Comcast is going to offload data onto its WiFi network and then stand and pole mounted small cells to where they only use Verizon for roaming outside their own network. Charter will definitely follow that model.
  12. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    A very decent article summarizing the pros of the merger: http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/lowenstein-s-view-it-s-time-for-t-mobile-and-sprint
  13. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Home ISP? Maybe in rural areas.
  14. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Wait a minute, I thought the moon was made of Swiss cheese ;).
  15. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I still don't understand why you would need to do RF testing for VOLTE unless it is for hearing aid compliance. There is nothing different about VOLTE unless you increase the power during transmission beyond limits. As long as you stay within the power envelope, it will be like any other data stream.
  16. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Or T-mobile can keep on bleeding Sprint dry, siphoning off their customers. Failing an actual merger, I think that creating a company that will own and operate a merged network and leases spectrum from both companies will be the way to go.
  17. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Well Softbank could then say, remember those 50,000 jobs that we promised? You can kiss those goodbye! BTW, T-Mobile is not failing.
  18. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I have a question for the hardware gurus in this group. Which RRHs and panels would need to be replaced because they don't have enough ports? How about antenna panels? Or will they just add the other company's RRHs and panels onto the rack.
  19. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    If Sprint was a financially healthy company and had its network ducks in a row, I would agree with you. But even then the Big 2 would always have a built in advantage. Their Capex would be spread over twice as many customers.
  20. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Not advocating shutting down 1x800 prematurely. But at some point VOLTE particularly on the 600, 700 and 800MHz will have to make up for it. LTE supports a 1.4MHz channel size so the spectrum won't go to waste. Now at some point or another I would like to see the whole 800Mhz bandplan get revisited. Isn't the only reason that VOLTE get's tested by the FCC the hearing aid compatibility? And once it passes, it is a simple software or settings upgrade?
  21. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Well forced device upgrades will be coming with maybe some free low end devices incentivizing the holdouts. M2M will also need to be incentivized to upgrade. But I think the biggest bone to be tossed to the regulators is to promise that they will match or exceed Verizon's square miles coverage over the next 3 years. A minor bone will that they are open to hosting 3rd party spectrum at reasonable commercial terms for 10 years (cough Dish, cough)
  22. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    T-Mobile right now is offering 480p Netflix which is not satisfactory. Maybe after they merge with Sprint. Maybe they can even offer Dish's Sling TV.
  23. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    VOLTE is not a hardware feature. It's a software or firmware update. Heck it just might be a carrier settings update. Between voice over WiFi and VoLTE with graceful handover over, CDMA and WCDMA will be forgotten really soon. Heck if they can get Airave 3's to those that need them, they might not even need the handover.
  24. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Has anybody noticed that the carriers quietly raised prices. Sprint raised the "5 for 90"plan by $10, T-Mobile raised their 2 line plan by $20, Sprint let the Virgin Mobile $1 offer expire, the iPhone offers are rather tepid is everybody waiting for the merger announcement, meanwhile milking the cellular cow?
  25. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    1700 and 2100MHz are the uplink and downlink respectively of the AWS band.