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Southern Connecticut Network Vision/LTE Deployment schedule update

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by Robert Herron

Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 4:49 PM MDT

 

The next market in our Network Vision/LTE deployment schedule update series is...Southern Connecticut. The Southern Connecticut market has yet to be announced by Sprint, and may not be announced until as late as this Fall.

 

The Sprint Southern Connecticut market encompasses Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield counties. This includes the cities of Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich, Danbury, Hamden, Trumbull, Waterbury, Meriden and Torrington. Sprint's Network Vision OEM Alcatel/Lucent is scheduled to begin mobilizing their subcontractors around the market in September. The first completed Network Vision sites are scheduled to start coming online in October.

 

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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 January, 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.

 

Schedule details and the bottom line

 

Sprint has not selected a date to formally "launch" LTE service in Southern Connecticut, yet. It is difficult to try to pick a date now this far out, but we will try. In looking at the schedule as of today, it would indicate a January - February market launch (going on a 40% - 50% completion for launch). But there is no way to know if AlcaLu 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.

 

Alcatel/Lucent needs to hit a production rate of only 25 sites per month to stay on schedule. This is a really low amount compared to most other markets. There is no reason why they should not be able to complete the market on time, and there is a good chance that they may even be able to get ahead of scheule.

 

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

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Photo of Stamford 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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Great news… so I assume the NV owes 3g are "stronger" reception wise than the current older hardware? and safe to assume that the "northern" section of this area (torrington/litchfield) will be worked on 'last'?

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Why upgrade southern connecticut and peoples homes before say... Hartford where tons of people work?

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Why upgrade southern connecticut and peoples homes before say... Hartford where tons of people work?

i know i don't understand

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Question, if I don't have good indoor WiMax coverage where I live, can I expect the same experience for when my market goes live? I would think this is the case due to the old wimax baseboards being swapped out for LTE baseboards. Can anyone clarify if this is the case?

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Why upgrade southern connecticut and peoples homes before say... Hartford where tons of people work?

 

It's Greenwich and Fairfield county. Lots of rich people and NYC commuters who would flip out if they get LTE at work but not home.

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from what I have read Sprint isn't using any of the wimax locations since those are still run by clear wire, and when clear switches over to LTE not sure at that point...

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LTE will be much better and stronger than WiMax when it is fully deployed. Sprint is deploying LTE on 1900MHz, whereas WiMax was deployed on much weaker 2500MHz spectrum. LTE signal strength will be more similar to 3G than to WiMax.

 

Robert

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It's Greenwich and Fairfield county. Lots of rich people and NYC commuters who would flip out if they get LTE at work but not home.

and the man nails it on the head. In the mean time I complained and got an Airave which should fix my poor signal at home (right now it's -102dBm and 1 asu). As long as I can make and receive calls i'll be happy.

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oh and i switched to sprint because of their unlimited data plan. I was grandfathered in under ATT's unlimited plan, and i use way less than 200mb's/month, but they kept harassing me to try to get me onto their tiered plans, telling me using bluetooth headphones is tethering...I said good bye lol

Here's to hoping Network Vision LTE will destroy AT&T

 

and I got ~1.5mbps with ATT and i get 1-1.2 with sprint...so not sure why peple say sprint has much slower 3G

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oh and i switched to sprint because of their unlimited data plan. I was grandfathered in under ATT's unlimited plan, and i use way less than 200mb's/month, but they kept harassing me to try to get me onto their tiered plans, telling me using bluetooth headphones is tethering...I said good bye lolHere's to hoping Network Vision LTE will destroy AT&Tand I got ~1.5mbps with ATT and i get 1-1.2 with sprint...so not sure why peple say sprint has much slower 3G

 

I'm glad you are getting good 3G results in your area. I too get decent 3G performance. But there are many areas of the Sprint network that desperately need the 3G upgrades that are coming as a part of Network Vision. Welcome to S4GRU, BTW!

 

:welc:

 

Robert

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It's Greenwich and Fairfield county. Lots of rich people and NYC commuters who would flip out if they get LTE at work but not home.

 

Yeah and you figure North Jersey, especially Bergen County would get preferential treatment also with all the affluent towns around here. But apparently they haven't even started upgrading yet.

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this I assume is a repeat question, but...

 

besides stalking the local towers (do you have access to the actual locations if yes do we? lol) to see if work is being done -- how can you check or see if your area is being prepped or worked on? ANd how long does it typically take to finish a tower to NV? And last I hope they are bringing in new or at least improved backhaul to the towers?

 

thanks again for GREAT work here!

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this I assume is a repeat question, but...besides stalking the local towers (do you have access to the actual locations if yes do we? lol) to see if work is being done -- how can you check or see if your area is being prepped or worked on? ANd how long does it typically take to finish a tower to NV? And last I hope they are bringing in new or at least improved backhaul to the towers? thanks again for GREAT work here!

if you live in CT there is a website that shows all the towers in CT and when and what they have done on the towers. it gets updated about once a month http://www.ct.gov/csc/cwp/view.asp?a=895&Q=248312&cscNav=|

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Thanks - in the past I never found this to be updated often (or maybe it is and well no actions to report lol)

it is updated but sprint has not upgraded anything for a long time. att and vz have been updating there towers with LTE. the only thing sprint has done is put in back up generators at some of there sites.

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so the above pin drops are what towers you think will be lit up by January. And does show all towers that are available?

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so the above pin drops are what towers you think will be lit up by January. And does show all towers that are available?

 

Those are the anticipated towers that should be active at market launch in Jan. There are more sites though. Those are about 40% of the towers in the market.

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Any word on round 2 starting yet?

 

Some Round Two markets are starting work. We have not heard any reports that any work has begun yet in this market.

 

Robert

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So since I have only a iPhone 4 at the moment…. what should I notice in my area to show work is being done? I have been noticing speed tests in some parts of town in the mid 2mb range which I think is near impossible LOL some speeds are still in the low 200kb range of less.

 

I don't want to get too pumped up since in the past my area pretty much sucks for Sprint :-) but I'm loving it now baby!!!

 

I might exchange my phone for a 4s or a S3 (can't get a 5 since its outside of my exchange window,,,)

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So since I have only a iPhone 4 at the moment…. what should I notice in my area to show work is being done? I have been noticing speed tests in some parts of town in the mid 2mb range which I think is near impossible LOL some speeds are still in the low 200kb range of less. I don't want to get too pumped up since in the past my area pretty much sucks for Sprint :-) but I'm loving it now baby!!!I might exchange my phone for a 4s or a S3 (can't get a 5 since its outside of my exchange window,,,)

 

Unless you actually see NV panels on the Sprint sites in your area, it probably just means upgraded backhaul in your area.

 

Robert

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