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
Totally treading water. I am more interested on network improvements.
They did invest in their network last year and that's why their cash went down by about $4B.What concerns me is the negative free cash flow. Are they not able to finance activities with debt? Cash will dry up soon. When that happens they either have to pair back investing in their network or declare a Chapter 11.
To quote one of my favorite series as you said: “Not great... Not terrible.”
Is Sprint fully committed to a network plan now? Are they cheaping out on backhaul to sites? Like you said, it’s hard to gauge what they are doing vs what they can afford.
Sprint’s debt load and upcoming maturities is still very disconcerting. Short of a SoftBank rescue or merger, I’m not sure how they pay that off and get ahead of things. Sprint’s Total liquidity was $5.2 billion at the end of the quarter. That includes $3.2 billion of cash and cash equivalents. If the merger isn’t approved, Sprint will still need to be on the hook for sequential quarters of high capex for the foreseeable future. Simply putting 2.5 GHz on every macro site isn’t enough. There simply aren’t enough macro sites, although mini-macro/strand mounts are helping somewhat.
My key takeaways:
Wireless service revenue of $5.2B
Net loss of $120M, but they cite over $2B of depreciation; depreciation is broken roughly into $1B on network equipment and $1B on leased devices
$589M expensed in interest this quarter
Sprint is $37B in debt currently, with ~$30B due by 2025
ARPA: $124.80, ARPU: $50.37
10th consecutive quarter of net additions
20 million people covered by 5G now with "thousands" of massive-MIMO-equipped sites online
37K small cells live, including both mini macros and strand mounts
Ookla is rating Sprint as the 2nd fast carrier behind AT&T with a 45% increase in downlink speeds YOY
5G average downlink speeds are 215 Mbps