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West Michigan Network Vision/LTE Deployment schedule update

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by Robert Herron

Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 2:30 PM MDT

 

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

 

The Sprint West Michigan market encompasses the Western and Central Portions of the Michigan Lower Peninsula, as well as a few isolated Upper Peninsula sites around St. Ignace, Mackinac Island and Sault Ste. Marie. This includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Wyoming, Battle Creek, Portage, Muskegon, Holland, Traverse City, Mount Pleasant, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and Niles. Sprint's Network Vision OEM Samsung 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 March, 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. There likely will be more in the Grand Rapids Metro area than what is shown here.

 

Schedule details and the bottom line

 

Sprint has not yet selected a date to formally "launch" LTE service in West Michigan. It is difficult to try to pick a date now this far out, but we have attempted to do that. In looking at the schedule as of today, it would indicate a March market launch (going on a 40% - 50% completion for launch). But there is no way to know if Samsung and their subcontractors will actually hit their schedule dates before deployment in this market begins. We will be able to gauge better after a few months of production is achieved.

 

Samsung needs to hit a production rate of approximately 45 sites per month to stay on schedule. This market shouldn't have problems staying on time as this is a lower production rate than many markets.

 

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

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Photo of Downtown Lansing 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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Nice picture, that lugnut smokestack is the downtown Sprint tower, I can see my office window too :)

 

Looks like this map is still missing a significant number of the Grand Rapids towers and all of Northern Michigan, hope to see an update soon from your sources :)

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Happy to see the two sites covering my hometown (Sturgis) are on the list of the 'initial' towers! Sprint had 3G here in 2007 before Verizon (then Alltel) and AT&T only activated 3G here two WEEKS ago.

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is there any way to post a close up of the major metropolitan areas of the market? Kalamazoo and Grand rapids mainly. :)

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Not to be negative, but it is almost December and I have heard NOTHING about West Michigan. My contract will be up pretty soon, and I'm afraid that if I don't hear anything OFFICIAL about West Michigan, I will be forced to switch to Verizon. I was duped by Sprint with my EVO 4G, and I have had nothing but brutally slow 3G for the past 2 years (I'm lucky to get 100Kb/s). I won't be fooled again.

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Not to be negative, but it is almost December and I have heard NOTHING about West Michigan. My contract will be up pretty soon, and I'm afraid that if I don't hear anything OFFICIAL about West Michigan, I will be forced to switch to Verizon. I was duped by Sprint with my EVO 4G, and I have had nothing but brutally slow 3G for the past 2 years (I'm lucky to get 100Kb/s). I won't be fooled again.

Im not going to give you the shenanigans about towers, but I got the note 2 and that device is the absolute best device. I still questioned by the choice of the label, Optimus G. But that is another great device. Sprint is turning around. I have seen them out at sites in west Michigan. Working at Sprint I have heard a lot of, "soon" or "in the future". But being in Michigan City and most of Indy, it has to be soon! just ride out as long as you can. I cant see getting data caps and paying more.

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We have lift off! Byron Center became the first site to turn on in the West Michigan Market!!!

When did this happen? I live in Wyoming, close to Byron. How widespread is it???

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I also confirmed Byron Center (so close to my house!) has LTE. At 84th and Byron Center road I had 5.29 Mpbs down, and 9.11 Mbps up with a 60ms ping time. If you look at the sensorly map, it goes about 2 miles down 84th street almost down to Wilson. I'm hoping Grandville is next!

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