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Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands Network Vision/LTE Deployment schedule update

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by Robert Herron

Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

Friday, July 6, 2012 - 12:55 PM MDT

 

The next market in our Network Vision/LTE deployment schedule update series is way down yonder...Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The PR/VI market has yet to be announced by Sprint. Network Vision work is under way, with Samsung and their subcontractors actively working around the market. The Sprint PR/VI market encompasses all of Puerto Rico (including Culebra and Vieques) as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands (including St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John).

 

Samsung has this market deployment configured in a completely different manner than any other we have reported. Samsung did show up and begin work at the end of April. Their subcontractors are running around the islands installing base station equipment, new cable runs, remote radio units and new Network Vision antenna panels. We have had S4GRU members in Puerto Rico submit some pictures of this work being completed at sites near them. This work appears to be on schedule from our previous report for the market.

 

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Network Vision site in Yauco, Puerto Rico. S4GRU Member Edil Montalvo provided this shot of a site in Yauco that received NV upgrades in early May. This site is slated to get Microwave backhaul which will not arrive until this Fall.

 

Sprint and Samsung are currently working on the 4G Core in Bayamon that will handle all the LTE data and eHRPD data that will come from completed Network Vision sites. The Bayamon 4G Core will not be ready until this Fall. Sprint's backhaul vendors are actively working to install high-speed backhaul that will connect these NV sites to the completed core.

 

Once the 4G core is complete and a good chunk of the backhaul is in place, Samsung will get back out to completed Network Vision sites and get the 3G upgrades and LTE hooked up to the new backhaul. Then the eHRPD and LTE networks can be running. The deployment dates in this article will discuss the dates that LTE sites are scheduled to start going live this Winter after everything is in place.

 

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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 February, 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

 

We currently do not have a date that Sprint will formally "launch" LTE service in the PR/VI market. It is difficult to try to pick a date now this far out, but we will attempt to. In looking at the schedule as of today, it would indicate a February-March LTE launch (going on a 40% - 50% completion for launch). We will have a better idea how deployment is going after the Bayamon core and backhaul work are completed and LTE starts to go live.

 

S4GRU has examined the schedule in great detail in this market and sees that most of the sites will be complete by May 2013. However, there may be a few sporadic sites that will linger past the completion. There is a chance that if the Bayamon core and backhaul can get completed ahead of schedule that these LTE live dates can be improved upon.

 

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Photo of Christiansted, St. Croix 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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we never had wimax here and puerto rico was one of the first deployments for att and att is just starting lte service in the mainland and here. so what was the strategy. to follow?

 

what's up with cataño area

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Exactly, I've had WiMax in Bayamon and Carolina...

The thing is that they never announced it.

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because those are just small spots never intended....fcc push then for that also in ponce and mayaguez but not much covering

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because those are just small spots never intended....fcc push then for that also in ponce and mayaguez but not much covering

 

They kept the sites as trials, never announced, never officially launched.

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Robert: This is a photo that I took today from site id PR03XC033 in hormigueros and according to the schedule, the RRU were supposed to be installed on june 22, and ant/panels on july 2. I made a red circle around what I think are RRU's.

 

According to antennasearch, this tower is a multiple carrier one, that includes ATT, Tmobile, PR Wireless and Sprint.

 

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/46943691/PR03XC033.jpg

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Robert: This is a photo that I took today from site id PR03XC033 in hormigueros and according to the schedule, the RRU were supposed to be installed on june 22, and ant/panels on july 2. I made a red circle around what I think are RRU's. According to antennasearch, this tower is a multiple carrier one, that includes ATT, Tmobile, PR Wireless and Sprint. http://dl.dropbox.co...1/PR03XC033.jpg

 

It's hard to tell looking at these photos, but I can rule out the circled ones in the middle are not Sprint. Could be the top or bottom ones, possibly.

 

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is there any info on where the 4G Core work is being performed?

 

sounds like it's a big, centrally located facility, to be able to handle the equipment needed to handle the data traffic for the new NV sites.

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is there any info on where the 4G Core work is being performed?sounds like it's a big, centrally located facility, to be able to handle the equipment needed to handle the data traffic for the new NV sites.

 

Other than it's in Bayamon, I have no further details. Since it is only handling data from less than 300 sites, it wouldn't need to be very large. Could be in as little as 10,000 square feet, even.

 

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thanks for all the info.

 

I can't wait for the LTE sites to start going live, it's gonna be a great day when the little "4G" indicator appears on my phone, or at the very least, getting decent 3G speeds, the 150-200 Kbps I get aren't too useful.

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i am talking about wimax no lte can you tell me when this project is done

this schedule is about nv upgrades that is lte and 3g. wimax isint going to be develop any more.

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this schedule is about nv upgrades that is lte and 3g. wimax isint going to be develop any more.

 

i dont get it

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so what now

 

Have you read this article? LTE is coming. As said above, LTE and 3G enhancements are Network Vision and will upgrade the whole network.

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it's hard waiting for deployment, considering the sorry state of the network in most places down here!

 

dial-up speeds while on "3G", and phones getting stuck at 1x on other places. I hope they finish work ahead of schedule !!

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so robert de lte will lunch sooner

 

The schedule says the first LTE sites will not go live until the end of November. So if they start coming online sooner than that, then the market is ahead of schedule. To me, it appears the market is on schedule at the moment.

 

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