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Memphis Network Vision/LTE Deployment schedule update

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by Robert Herron

Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 6:00 AM MDT

 

The next market in our Network Vision/LTE deployment schedule update series is The River City...Memphis. The Memphis market has yet to be announced by Sprint, but is expected to be announced in the near future. Perhaps around the time of the first market launches.

 

The Sprint Memphis market encompasses all of the Sprint native coverage in western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and NE Arkansas. This includes the Memphis metropolitan area, Jackson, Dyersburg, Tupelo, Mississippi's Golden Triangle (Columbus, Starkville, West Point), Greenwood and Jonesboro in Arkansas. Sprint's Network Vision OEM Ericsson is scheduled to begin mobilizing in this area with its subcontractors in early August. Completed Network Vision sites should start coming online in September.

 

Memphis Market Launch

 

It was Sprint's original plan to launch markets when they reached 50% of sites converted to Network Vision. However, it has now been determined that Sprint will move up launches sooner than 50% completion in several markets. This is likely to maintain a Mid 2012 launch in markets that have already been announced. However, in an unannounced market like Memphis, we don't know if they will resume pushing back market launches to 50%, or if they will now settle on a 40% completion to be the new normal for market launches.

 

If Sprint waits for 50% completion to launch the Memphis market, it would make the launch month to be December (should the OEM stay on schedule). If they plan on a 40% market completion for launch, that would be November. You may think that 40% - 50% site completion is not enough to launch LTE service, but it would provide pretty good coverage. Even Verizon doesn't launch on all sites in a market initially. Usually less than 50%, then filling in with more and more sites every few months.

 

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Anticipated Sites Complete at Market Launch. According to the Network Vision schedules that S4GRU has reviewed, if Sprint launched the market in November, these are the anticipated sites that would likely have LTE complete at that time. This would provide fairly good LTE coverage over many parts of the market. Some sites will are scheduled to be live in Jackson, Dyersburg and Jonesboro at the time. However, Mississippi sites won't start until early 2013.

 

Schedule details and the bottom line

 

We currently do not have a date that Sprint will formally "launch" the Memphis market. It is difficult to try to pick a date now this far out. And we know Sprint won't want to do that. But we will take a stab at it. In looking at the schedule as of today, it would indicate a November market launch (going on a 40% - 50% completion for launch). But there is no way to know if Ericsson and their subcontractors will actually hit their schedule dates this early in the deployment for this market. We will be able to gauge better after a few months of production.

 

Ericsson will only need to hit a production rate of 40 sites per month to stay on schedule. This should be an easy to achieve rate. If properly prepared and equipped, and if backhaul is ready timely, this market shouldn't have problems staying on time. But this is easy to say before they get started.

 

S4GRU has examined the schedule in great detail in this market and sees that most of the sites will be complete by February 2013. However, there may be a few sporadic sites that will linger past the completion.

 

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Photo of Memphis provided courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

 

NOTE: S4GRU Sponsor Members can track regular updates of

Network Vision sites completed nationwide. Completed sites are shown in an interactive Google Maps interface. Information about sponsorship can be found here: S4GRU Sponsorship

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1st i get my 32GB SIII and now this! Today turning out to be a very good day. Thanks for the update Robert!

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Why is it always a tower ghost town around Olive Branch, MS? I read that Century Link is a major Sprint backhaul provider and Century Link is the LEC in Olive Branch, yet the signal and speeds are terrible. In 2011 Olive Branch was even ranked as the fastest growing city in America.

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Why is it always a tower ghost town around Olive Branch, MS? I read that Century Link is a major Sprint backhaul provider and Century Link is the LEC in Olive Branch, yet the signal and speeds are terrible. In 2011 Olive Branch was even ranked as the fastest growing city in America.

 

The backhaul Sprint used on legacy sites were T1 lines. Even from CenturyLink. T1 lines are insufficient backhaul for 3G/4G networks nowadays. Sprint is changing out backhaul to much faster backhaul providers in their Network Vision upgrades.

 

When sites in Olive Branch start getting upgraded to Network Vision in the next few months, you will start seeing dramatic improvements.

 

Robert

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Thanks for the reply and information. Love the site. It's definitely the #1 factor in me sticking with Sprint when the Note 2 comes out. Hopefully, right on time for these upgrades.

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Thanks for the reply and information. Love the site. It's definitely the #1 factor in me sticking with Sprint when the Note 2 comes out. Hopefully, right on time for these upgrades.

 

I am also in Olive Branch and have been debating leaving Sprint. Can you use your phone inside Target or Walmart? I constantly go roaming and sometimes don't have a signal at all.

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Sprint has very weak building penetration in Olive Branch due to all the trees and the frequency that is used. I have a week signal inside my house and if I force my phone to roam it picks up the Cricket tower by Auto City Suzuki. That tower works great for me because of where it is located. Sprint's signal will improve greatly once the Network Vision upgrades are completed.

 

Most carriers will have issues with big box stores because of all the steel, concrete, and lighting.

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Looks like LTE is live over here in the Bartlett/Wolfchase area. I have been connected since last night. I just pulled down 20 mbps down and 8.5 up over by wolfchase. This was at a full 4 bars by the way. 3 bars is around 9 down/5 up. 2 bars is around 3-4 down/2-3 up. 1 bar is around 1-1.5 down/1 up. Pic of speed test below. Needless to say...FINALLY SPRINT!

 

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I was going to post up the same thing. I was pleasantly surprised to find 4G while travelling down I-40 around the Appling Road area. I had a good connection all the way past Baptist Hospital down to about Kirby Road.

 

 

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Test Date: Oct 21, 2012 12:05:31 pm

 

Connection Type: Lte

 

Server: Little Rock, AR

 

Download: 5542 kbps

 

Upload: 4218 kbps

 

Ping: 80 ms

 

 

External IP: 66.87.18.10

 

Internal IP: 51.17.173.10

 

Latitude: 35.16942

 

Longitude: -89.85130

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