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
They should just give to the G block in my area. Tmobile already holds 20x20 and then Sprint 10x10 A block all of which is contiguous so on 5G they can do 30x30. VZW holds the C block here and only has 10x10 on B2. Sent from my SM-G965U1 using Tapatalk
I expect that most of the switch-over activity from Sprint to T-Mobile will occur at device activation time with all new devices being activated on the T-Mobile network even if the previous device that is being deactivated was on the Sprint network. The only devices they will allow to be activated are those that will work properly on the T-Mobile network. This is why it is planned to take 3 years to move the users from Sprint to T-Mobile.
What we have now is the broad brush outline of a deal. DOJ could add more conditions. I expect the new T-Mobile to have to divest some spectrum in some counties, which they will likely used to trade with AT&T and Verizon to consolidate their spectrum.
I expect focus will shift to 5g with its much larger channel sizes over more CA options for 4g. The duo have been installing 5g capable equipment for a while now according to my sources. So in a converted market you could end up with 20x20 of4g b25, another 4g B25 carrier, and 20x20 of 5g B25 as soon as needed. The push will be to get everyone on 5g phones.