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    • By vanko987
      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¬†ūüėÄ
    • By lilotimz
      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. 
       
      Samsung antenna with eSMR 800 RRU & PCS 1900 RRU

      A close look at a Samsung setup





      Next Generation Samsung Configuration
      RRH-P4 4T4R 1.9 GHz  | RRH-C4 4T4R 800 MHz| RRH-V3 2.5 GHz

      Next Generation 8 Port Dual Band Antenna Setup 
      4 port 800 MHz RRH-C4 800

      (source: dkyeager)

      (source: dkyeager)
      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 

      Samsung Cabinets

       
       
      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*
    • By kckid
      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 )
      https://phys.org/news/2019-02-sprint-5g-network-chicago-atlanta.html
       
    • By ActionJacksonWX
      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):
      https://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-to-provide-5g-wireless-services-for-google-fi.htm
       
      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.
    • By lilotimz
      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.
       

       

       

       
      Happy Hunting!
        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
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    • Akron, OH - Median download speed increased from 22.7Mbps to 30.8Mbps.¬† Baltimore, MD - Median download speed increased from 24.4Mbps to 32.8Mbps.¬† Charlotte, NC - Median download speed increased from 14.7Mbps to 22Mbps.¬† Des Moines, IA - Median download speed increased from 16.8Mbps to 23.8Mbps. Fort Meyers, FL - Median download speed decreased from 15.5Mbps to 8.6Mbps. Mobile, AL - Median download speed increased from 18Mbps to 29.9Mbps.¬†
    • Sprint can't afford to go private, they can't afford to buy back shares from stockholders, going private won't happen.¬† Either the merger will pass (60/40 chance at this point), if not Son will find a buyer for Sprint and take a loss (hello WeWork) and as a trader the way Sprint's shares are trading its almost as if market makers are already pricing in a merger failure.¬† Sprint would have to do some serious trimming off its balance sheet, sale portions of its network and subs, or even file Chapter 11.¬† I don't really see Sprint filing bankruptcy I've seen companies with worse earnings and survive.¬† Son just wants out of the U.S. wireless market and merging with T-Mobile is the fastest way to do so all while pitching this "5G for all" bs <--- I don't even have faith in T-Mobile post merger if it happens.¬† Sprint needs someone with deep pockets like Altice or another large cable company (and most certainly not Dish).¬†
    • Yes, some of you disagree with me.¬† That's to be expected.¬† Sprint sucks in some places.¬† But Sprint is not only great in my area, but they're actually the best.¬† And in most metro areas, they are perfectly usable.¬† But guess what?¬†¬†T-mobile sucks in many places.¬† And I can tell you here in their home market, they're the worst carrier.¬† Verizon also stinks in places too.¬† I suppose if I lived in a crappy Sprint market, I'd go.¬† But I can tell you I see more and more people who leave Sprint and either come back or even if they don't, admit that the network wasn't as bad as they thought and there was a complete over dramatization in the disparity in networks.¬† Everybody's gotta do what's best for themselves.¬† And if leaving Sprint is best for you, I certainly wouldn't hold it against anyone.¬† I've seen many go over the years.¬† And I still sit here plugging away behind the keyboard.¬† But the one thing that won't continue is the overly negative drumbeat that's happening in this thread.¬† You all are starting to build off each other's negativity, causing the conversation to become one sided and pointless.¬† Don't want to hear ad infinitum the same droll negative grumblings.¬† Especially the same 'ol criticisms and Sprint can't be trusted.¬† Frankly, the drama is not true.¬† Sprint took longer, yes, but it did upgrade its network, and the performance is better.¬† And on the whole, it's better than its ever been.¬† So it cannot be said Sprint didn't do it.¬† They did. So let's stick to the thread discussion, which is the merger.¬† Not on the network performance on Lower Botswana Avenue and your thoughts on changing networks because of your block. Robert¬†
    • Boost founder has already said he would pay $2b for the brand back.¬†
    • Hi, Robert While I see your points, I respectfully disagree with some of them.¬† Properly managed, Sprint does have the resources to compete successfully.¬† But the key phrase is "properly managed", and that's where Sprint has shown critical weakness time and time again. Since Dan Hesse was screwed over in the Metro PCS debacle, and then dumped after Softbank took over, Sprint hasn't shown any signs of intelligent strategic management.¬† Tactically, they have tried hard to succeed, and have kept up with technology, and have tried to keep up with deployments.¬† But Softbank's refusal to provide capital (either directly or through 3rd parties), Claure's ham-handed cost cutting,¬† and Masa's tunnel-vision focus on merger have all combined to put Sprint in a desperate situation. So I agree with you that Sprint could compete in the future, but I think it is unrealistic to expect Masayoshi and Softbank to actually try to compete.¬† If the merger fails, I think that it is far more likely that Masa will basically dump Sprint just like he dumped Hesse, and loyal Sprint employees and the few remaining independent stockholders will be left swinging in the wind.¬† Sprint customers (I've been with Sprint for 20+ years) will also be hung out to dry.¬† I hope that I am wrong.¬† Actually, I hope the merger goes through, but if it doesn't, then I hope that I am wrong.¬† But I'm not counting on it.
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