I'm new to this forum, and I've seen people mention cell sites with specific ID's (for example, SF33XC664). Is there any significance to these ID's, and is there a way to decode them? Also, how do I figure out what the cell site ID's are for towers near me?
Thanks! I'm excited to start talking on this site more 😀
Samsung Network Vision equipment are highly distinct and fairly easy to spot compared to the equipment that other vendors are deploying. Sprint is Samsung's first extremely massive American contract (baring Clearwire) so there should be no issues in confusing these equipment for another carrier which happens often with Ericsson NV equipment.
Below are images of Samsung equipment which includes antennas, remote radio units, base stations, and their mounting configurations.
Next Generation 8 Port Dual Band Antenna Setup
4 port 800 MHz RRH-C4 800
Narrow beam setup
High Capacity Site with 2 Antennas & 3 RRUs (2x PCS & 1x SMR).
Second antenna is PCS only for now.
Canadian IBEZ (NO SMR)
Special Case PCS Only Setup for Canadian IBEZ
Close up of standard antenna connectors
Powerpoint slides from Samsung / Sprint
*disclaimer - all powerpoint diagrams and images were found through public municipality online databases and is by no means misappropriated through malicious means*
*Credit goes to those whom took pictures of these equipment. You know who you are*
Sprint announced at MWC trade show in Barcelona that 5G will go live with 4 cities starting in May (Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Kansas City )
Sprint announced the MVNO Google Fi will use its network for 5G in a press release (that is, once there are actually 5G capable phones compatible with Google Fi someday):
This is the first I've heard about Fi and 5G so far. Google has pretty much kept mum on the topic, so I'm somewhat encouraged.
Samsung TDD-LTE gear which are being utilized in Clearwire priority sites. .
Clearwire - Samsung TDD-LTE RRH SLS-BD106Q & Antennas
Samsung TD-LTE RRUs mounted behind BRS/EBS Antenna
Sprint 2500-2600 mhz TD-LTE Setup
Note the Antennas are much thicker and fatter than the antennas being utilized by Sprint Network Vision.
Clearwire TD-LTE Base Station / Cabinet
May be subject to change as TD-LTE sites start being integrated into the Network Vision setups.
I'll clean the post up this weekend when I have more time.
Courtesy of Sbolen from Missouri market.
Samsung TDD RRH SLS-BD104Q1 Samsung TDD RRH SLS-BD106Q
i need to send you a diagnostic report. i have the oneplus 7T 5G phone and have not yet seen the limited 5G info pop up. Cellmapper will show my 5G connected state as true but nothing will show in SCP. I'll get you a diagnostic report as soon as i can! thanks for all your work on this!!!
SignalCheck Pro 4.59 is rolling out right now and should be available on Google Play within the next few hours! App update processing has varied widely lately due to changes at Google; please be patient, it may take longer than usual to appear.
There are two major changes included in this update: resolving the issue with frozen/stale LTE data, and the addition of (limited) 5G-NR info. I have not been able to fully resolve the import/export issues yet, but I am continuing to work on that problem. Some users MAY experience an improvement with this release, but I am not positive -- please let me know.
The workaround for stale LTE data is enabled on devices running Android 10 and newer, and cannot be disabled (there is no reason to anyway). Devices running previous versions of Android can enable the option under Preferences > General Settings > Use Stale Data Workaround. There is no advantage to enabling this option on older devices unless you are having issues with stale data. In some cases, enabling this option unnecessarily may impact older phones' performance. Unfortunately, there are reports that this has only fixed the issue on some, but not all, devices. Apparently running an app like Cellmapper will cause the data in SCP to update normally. I am still looking into it.
The limited 5G info is still a "Beta" feature. There is no logging yet, and real-world testing has been extremely limited. If 5G information is detected, it will appear at the bottom of the LTE information; it does not have its own heading or icons yet. On some devices, you may simply see a "5G-NR: true" while on others you may see detailed signal information. Any feedback on this would be appreciated!
Thanks for all of your support!