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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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being close to October any updated info on this "area"? thanks in advance

 

We had a member report recently that the State has approved work to start in 10 communities in this market. So either work is starting very soon or just recently started.

 

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I'm checking in with a state rep that I went to high school with. He says it's hard in CT because there's heavy defense of the skyline for tourism purposes within the state. Looking for ways maybe citizens can expedite the process.

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I'm checking in with a state rep that I went to high school with. He says it's hard in CT because there's heavy defense of the skyline for tourism purposes within the state. Looking for ways maybe citizens can expedite the process.

 

Maybe I am unaware but I thought NV was replacing panels and updating the communication "shed" to a smaller one if needed… not new towers.

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Maybe I am unaware but I thought NV was replacing panels and updating the communication "shed" to a smaller one if needed… not new towers.

 

There are not new towers. But all the equipment, every piece, at each site is being replaced. In Connecticut, that's enough to require complete planning/zoning review and permitting. In many states, it requires nothing at all.

 

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Thanks Robert -- did you see my link to Howards? One person there saw a couple tower update in my area... what do you make of that?

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Call PURA for more details. They handle that portion of CT's planning for utilities. They also hold public hearings.

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Almost December and zilch… I have a strong feeling Sprint will continue to disappoint.

 

As stated before, this isn't Sprint's fault. This is due to the state zoning regulations that forces a hearing process for this kind of update. The state tourism department is very protective of the skylines.

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I have seen great speeds on evdo in my area over the past 24 hours... not sure if its a fluke yet or good things to come. was getting about 100k on a good day, much less on a normal day. now getting about 800k to 2mbps in some areas of town... I'll take that - thank you much :-)

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I have seen great speeds on evdo in my area over the past 24 hours... not sure if its a fluke yet or good things to come. was getting about 100k on a good day, much less on a normal day. now getting about 800k to 2mbps in some areas of town... I'll take that - thank you much :-)

 

What does the complete column on the chart mean? There's one in South Windsor that shows complete and is only like a quarter mile from my parents' house. Does complete mean work is complete or approval for work is complete? Also why are there random central and northern towns in there. South Windsor is east of the river, not that I'm complaining. That particular tower is on Sand Hill and as you can see, it states it's for a 4g LTE upgrade.

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Almost December and zilch… I have a strong feeling Sprint will continue to disappoint.

The towers in my town were approved on that website since September and they have not touched a thing. Verizon and att did there's already. There not doing every tower either there skipping leaving big gaps. I don't know why but that's not going to be good.

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