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?
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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 )
It's only contiguous with the cellular A block not the B block.. TMO does have the A block B5 themselves. I think Dish will buy it as it will help with coverage even tho B71 will be more useful. I also think I heard the equipment that dish has ordered support N26 Sent from my SM-G975U1 using Tapatalk
Any tower with n71 also has B71 LTE, though the reverse isn't true.
B71 LTE is the longest range tech T-Mobile has, so from a coverage perspective a 4G phone with B71 won't be missing anything. The catch is that in many places the B71 channel is 5 MHz wide, and TMo's B71 deployment is way thinner than Sprint's B26 deployment, so having only 5 MHz hurts more. Though not as bad as having only 5 MHz of PCS.
Now, there are two more factors at play here. First, outside urban areas where Dish etc. grabbed spectrum, T-Mobile has more.to work with, so.performsnce on B71 will be better (unless some rural carrier scooped band 71 up, and some did). Additionally, T-Mobile is touting range improvements for standalone 5G, which launches this quarter, so there is a chance they'll start adding NR-SA n71 cell sites in some rural locations, similar to how they added B71 in some areas they hadn't touched before. In that case your phone wouldn't work.