Jump to content
sajanisch

Network Vision/LTE - Milwaukee Market (including Madison)

Recommended Posts

And I was at a hockey game last night with only 5,000 fans. And my AT&T data was unusable most of the night. There is no perfect provider when a sector gets overloaded. My texts to AJ would time out half the time and I would have to resend over and over again.

 

Robert via Samsung Note 8.0 using Tapatalk Pro

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was in Bay View today and wasn't picking up any LTE along Kinnickinnic, just mostly slow 3G. LTE seemed fine when I was near the lakefront/downtown MKE, was getting ~8-9Mbps down 50ms pings.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was in Bay View today and wasn't picking up any LTE along Kinnickinnic, just mostly slow 3G. LTE seemed fine when I was near the lakefront/downtown MKE, was getting ~8-9Mbps down 50ms pings.

I wasn't getting on Saturday either.  Hopefully they are working on something. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On the western side of campus in Madison, and I picked up some B26!  Will post screenshots later after work.  Noticed roughly a 12-15 dBm gain vs. B25 in my office.  It's coming!  (Note:  it almost immediately went away, so probably in testing.  Or it just kicked me off of B26 and put me back on B25 since I get a B25 signal in my office... however it is rather weak at -110 to -118 dBm) 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably the University Ave tower then. I'll get my friend with the N5 to check it out. I need the S5 to come out already!

 

Sent from my SPH-L720 using Tapatalk

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably the University Ave tower then. I'll get my friend with the N5 to check it out. I need the S5 to come out already!

 

Sent from my SPH-L720 using Tapatalk

 

I know that the N5 still has weird issues trying to get onto B26...  But hopefully your friend will be able to verify. 

 

Also, I noticed that even though it parks on B25, whenever I need to use data it automatically jumps back to B26 since I have such a weak B25 signal.  Overall, lookin good!

 

Oh and it has to either be the University tower or the one on West Washington.  I'm by Union South and my 1x typically bounces between the two.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know that the N5 still has weird issues trying to get onto B26...  But hopefully your friend will be able to verify. 

 

Also, I noticed that even though it parks on B25, whenever I need to use data it automatically jumps back to B26 since I have such a weak B25 signal.  Overall, lookin good!

 

Oh and it has to either be the University tower or the one on West Washington.  I'm by Union South and my 1x typically bounces between the two.

 

I'm in the Biochem Building, real close to you.  When I pull out of the Lot 17 ramp driving towards the Union South, I will switch from University Ave to West Wash, most likely due to the hill behind Camp Randall.  I bet you're on the West Wash tower.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm in the Biochem Building, real close to you.  When I pull out of the Lot 17 ramp driving towards the Union South, I will switch from University Ave to West Wash, most likely due to the hill behind Camp Randall.  I bet you're on the West Wash tower.

 

Well, I'm in the Comp Sci building, and I just had a rather weird occurrence.  I went down to the basement to check out the signal there, and it was actually higher (-84 dBm)...  Sort of has me wondering if it is some sort of a small cell (I couldn't even get 3G down there before).  I hope it isn't that though, I would much rather it be the start of the spread of B26 all throughout the area.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm picking up LTE from what I believe is Henry St. near the Capitol but out at Seminole Hwy and Nakoma? I am definitely connected to 800 for voice out here, but I believe that 1900 LTE is also coming from that same site. Can anyone up by the Capitol confirm that they have strong LTE near Henry Street. If this is true, that would be a new site broadcasting LTE.

 

Sent from my SPH-L720 using Tapatalk

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm picking up LTE from what I believe is Henry St. near the Capitol but out at Seminole Hwy and Nakoma? I am definitely connected to 800 for voice out here, but I believe that 1900 LTE is also coming from that same site. Can anyone up by the Capitol confirm that they have strong LTE near Henry Street. If this is true, that would be a new site broadcasting LTE.

 

Sent from my SPH-L720 using Tapatalk

 

Yeah, I noticed a 3rd GCI on campus today using SignalCheck, and I drove close to that site on Henry St. and was receiving a very strong LTE signal.  I'm not sure if it was that site or the West Washington site that I was receiving B26 from.  Had to be one of them though.  I was able to rule out the University Ave site on my way home from work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, I noticed a 3rd GCI on campus today using SignalCheck, and I drove close to that site on Henry St. and was receiving a very strong LTE signal. I'm not sure if it was that site or the West Washington site that I was receiving B26 from. Had to be one of them though. I was able to rule out the University Ave site on my way home from work.

If it was strong near Henry, it's probably Henry with new LTE. It was dead near there despite the Washington tower being almost in line of sight. That's great news!

 

Sent from my SPH-L720 using Tapatalk

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably the University Ave tower then. I'll get my friend with the N5 to check it out. I need the S5 to come out already!

 

Sent from my SPH-L720 using Tapatalk

 

My N5 doesn't pick up B26 from any of the confirmed sites I've been near... though everything on my phone is stock as far as the radio.  I've got all the bands enabled and B26 set as first for priority.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How is Sprint doing on State St tonight in Madison? :)

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey, so... Did anyone in here switch to one of those framily plans? I got 2 lines I kind of want to hook up to a framily plan. Both are off-contract right now, one is from AT&T. The other line is mine. I'm on Sprint right now, but believe I could port my number over to a different prepaid service, then port back in to Sprint. Anyone have a framily ID they'd like to share and add 2 more lines?

 

PM'ing you right now with my Framily ID if you are still interested.  Currently have 4 on the group, so with 2 more we'd be at $30 per line.

 

Edit: And I have that offer for the $200 prepaid Visa for porting in a number.  Be sure to mention that when using my Framily  Not sure how that works, but if you can get a little extra money, why not.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tower by the Capitol is active 4g, I wonder when state street tower will be 4G...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just an update, the Brown Deer/I-43 tower is now broadcasting B26. Where I hardly had service before, I know have 2 bars of LTE.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just an update, the Brown Deer/I-43 tower is now broadcasting B26. Where I hardly had service before, I know have 2 bars of LTE.

 

 

Nice! I can't wait to see more of that! I also can't wait to get my hands on the new HTC One so I can actually take advantage of that sweet 800Mhz LTE.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is very interesting. Appears Sprint has a new tower at Mt. Mary in Milwaukee where coverage had always been horrible. I'm here once a week and always roaming inside even right by a window. No LTE yet and I hope it is still in progress because data is hit or miss. a4a8ydu4.jpg

 

Sent from my SPH-L900 using Tapatalk

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I noticed an additional B26 site on my way home today from Madison.  I picked it up on Hwy 12 close to the Hwy 19 intersection by Waunakee.  Not entirely sure which site is actually broadcasting it though because it was a rather weak signal and honestly with the propagation of B26 could've been any of the sites on the northern end of the Madison area. 

 

Still, another sign of progress!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Update from New Berlin...  It seems as though today LTE has finally made it to the tower on Calhoun.  A very welcome improvement in my book considering I would consistently be roaming at my desk in April of last year and now i have LTE in the same spot!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Update from New Berlin...  It seems as though today LTE has finally made it to the tower on Calhoun.  A very welcome improvement in my book considering I would consistently be roaming at my desk in April of last year and now i have LTE in the same spot!

 

 

Awwww Snap! Seriously?? That's awesome! That tower covers such a large area since there aren't any others near it. I was waiting for that sucker to go live! Glad to hear it! I hope they're throwing 800Mhz LTE in while they're there anyways :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awwww Snap! Seriously?? That's awesome! That tower covers such a large area since there aren't any others near it. I was waiting for that sucker to go live! Glad to hear it! I hope they're throwing 800Mhz LTE in while they're there anyways :)

 

Whoa, aackmann with the "honored premier sponsor"?  Good work! 

 

For those with map access still, the isthmus towers downtown Madison have LTE now with good speed.  Mapped those on my drive through there the other day.  I'm assuming some B26 might be on those towers too?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Whoa, aackmann with the "honored premier sponsor"?  Good work! 

 

 

:) I just noticed that. I guess I'm kind of a big deal now. Ballin.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • large.unreadcontent.png.6ef00db54e758d06

  • gallery_1_23_9202.png

  • Posts

    • Writing this from a few miles west of Fredericksburg, where my phone defaults to 5 MHz of B2 unless I flat-out block that band. No idea why, as B2 performance is can't-run-a-speedtest poor here. B66 is fine, with something like 15x15 spread over a few channels, though upload speeds are poor. NR is hit-or-miss (mostly miss); I'm not seeing more than ~-110 RSRP on B71 so that cell site is apparently nowhere near here. Thing is, since that spectrum is so quiet, I can still pull 20-35 Mbps down on that band (10x10), though of course upload speeds are poor. On the way here, I hit my highest-ever NR download speed: 201 Mbps, just north of where 290 WB merges into 281 for a bit. Uploads are low (~4 Mbps) and jitter was high, and I believe that was on 15 MHz of n71 plus >= 25 MHz of CA'd LTE (2+12+66 I think) but still impressive. I hit 179/22.7 right before. Basically as soon as we hit the Belterra shopping area west of Austin, the network went from being capacity constrained to...not. NR wasn't available for most of the trip, but LTE turned in some solid speeds (70/10) on T-Mobile. There was a point along the way where there was a near-complete dead zone...no Sprint, T-Mobile, or even AT&T roaming. I *might* have had 1x the entire time, but I think that even that dropped for about a half-mile. Sprint B26, then B25, were the first to come back, with T-Mobile B2 a mile or two later. If T-Mo put 600 wherever that Sprint site is on the west side of that dead zone, pretty sure there would be no more dead zone. As an aside, B12 lower-A/B are owned by West Central Wireless near Fredericksburg, so T-Mobile doesn't have B12 here, only B71 and mid-and. In contrast to T-Mobile's performance, Sprint had usable B41 most of the way, though there were points where my phone dipped to B25/26 if I didn't force 41. Actually got the fastest B41 download speeds I've seen on my phone around Deep Eddy, at 196/4 and 179/5. I think this was even on a MiniMacro rather than a full cell site. Finally, yesterday east of Pflugerville (east of Lake Pflugerville) I hit 86.7/46.6 on 10 MHz of n71. Yes, some of that was CA, and yes, that's in a sweet spot where you're at the edge of urban cell spacing but are on a sector pointed out into the countryside, but I'll take it. By contrast, Sprint's MiniMacro had poor service there.
    • They won't have to deploy midband RRUs to meet deployment requirements since 600/700/800 travels further, and the tech is the same for both. Midband will be solely a capacity play, since that'll get them 40 MHz of downlink and 15 MHz of uplink in most areas (see https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/wake-doj-deal-where-dish-s-spectrum-and-how-much-does-it-have). That's on top of low-band, which after n26 comes online will be 20x15 (albeit split over three different bands) at least, and a symmetric amount more in some markets. With a comparatively minuscule customer count, the network should fly with that amount of spectrum. My guess is that in three years Dish won't have touched 30% of the US population, so T-Mobile will be able to renew 600 licenses in those areas uncontested, including in plenty of rural areas, for another three years. For the remaining 70% of the US population (which will be a pretty small % of territory, so a rather small number of licenses), there'll be areas where Dish will try to squeak by with a low-band-only build, and *those* are the areas they'll be compete more on for spectrum leasing. For areas where there's enough traffic to build out mid-band, Dish may or may not need the extra 600...and those are probably the same areas T-Mobile will have a blanket of n41...so competition for that spectrum may be a bit more tepid, with the winner being whoever has more 600 sites lit since site density will determine capacity. One interesting thing to note here: Boost already sells a phone that's (partially) compatible with Dish's upcoming network: the S20 (n66 and n71). In pure dollar terms, they're subsidizing that phone the most our of their entire lineup, selling it at $720. Still spendy, but at least they'll have *some* phones in the field that support the new network, and as time goes on they'll be able to sell the S20 for cheaper. Assuming they're okay with folks dropping down to T-Mobile LTE for voice since the X55 modem can't do VoNR, and sitting primarily on n71 because the phone can't aggregate NR-NR. It's probably worthwhile for them to get a variant of the S20 recertified with n70, as that's adjacent to bands 66 and 25 so radio performance should still be fine. That would give the S20 access to their full native mid-band network on a phone most likely to be picked up by the folks who'd use the most data on their network. With all that said, I would *not* expect Dish to pick up any more 5G phones until they're able to get one with an X60 or equivalent modem; having a network spread across slices of five bands from the get-go means NR-NR aggregation is important, and it'll take VoNR to keep phones from dropping down to roaming on TMo to make phone calls. So I don't expect Boost will get the A51 5G or A71 5G...better to sell LTE-only phones and then introduce phones with better chipsets later, to avoid heavily subsidizing phones twice. Then, once you've got a $400 phone with VoNR, sell bundle it with two months of unlimited-everything service and you're off to the races. I figure we'll be at that point by this time next year, at which point I'll probably pick that phone up to see what Dish's network is like...as long as they allow tethering at full speed.
    • They have ordered triband n71, n26 and n29 low frequency RRUs and dual band n70 and n66. Something tells me that they will deploy the lower band first and then deploy enough of the midband RRUs to meet the deployment requirements. Of course I expect them to deploy first in the urban areas then suburban. Overall I think they will live within their means as far as deployment, shielded by the roaming agreement with t-mobile.  For me the interesting event will happen in 3 years when T-Mobile's leases with other holders of 600Mhz spectrum expire. Will we see a bidding war between T-Mobile and Dish for those leases?
  • Recently Browsing

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...