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Band 26 seems to be on 80% of LTE accepted sites now. Csfb is on most of them now too. The only problem I'm having is when my connection drops to 3G when going from a band 26 site to a band 41 connection.

 

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80%. Drooling.

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Got some B26 off Big Bend Road near East Bay High today.

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You guys still having eCSFB issues with B26?

 

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You guys still having eCSFB issues with B26?

 

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On some sites yes. Some have the software patch now but a new problem has showed up. Going from B26 to B41 the connection in some places drops to 3G and stays unless I toggle airplane. The sites have csfb on them, I can connected to any band alone make calls et. .but when driving there are some handoff issues from B26 to B41. Some research on the Web and a person on Android Central says the csfb software has some problems switching from a low frequency to a higher one, one higher than PCS. This might be a permanent problem until volte is rolled out.

 

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Aside from the B26 eCSFB issues, it really has been a while since we have had any more progress in the area with more sites still needing upgrades.  Things seemed to have slowed up for a while now here.

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Multiple B41 sites are down this morning. There is a signal but no data..

 

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Multiple B41 sites are down this morning. There is a signal but no data..

 

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My coworker with the S5 was talking about not being able to use the Internet, but my 5s was fine, so I figured that must be what happened.

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Every Band 41 site that I've passed since last night is down which is more than a dozen. The bad part is its still broadcasting the signal so I had to disable band 41 on my phone.

 

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I get B41 at FDOT, but service is nonexistence it seems.   I usually gotta turn on airplane mode, then turn it off and it usually connects to B26  for a little, before my  service just stops working again.   Today was a pain in the butt!       I haven't tried B26 inside anywhere yet, but tomorrow I have a meeting, so I may try it to see if I can get it inside.

 

 

 

Sprint coverage shows the office for the company I work at as 'best' coverage for Spark, but it is an absolute joke.   3G is really slow and I never get LTE there.  I never did with my S4 either.    I even reset the service  using LTE Discovery (think it's called that), and service is always horrible.   

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anyone seen b41 in lower st pete?  moved down a week ago, i'm on .15 with all bands enabled, but nothing.  Loving the band 26 around here though!!

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Band 26 is so strong in that area that its hard to get band 41

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Not sure if this has been mentioned but got some strong B26 inside Westshore Plaza a couple weekends ago. Seemed to be full bars all around.

 

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Finally after 7 months enabled eCSFB on the MLK / Kingsway tower in Seffner.

 

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Anyone see B41 in St Pete area?? Great B26, but haven't seen any 41 yet

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Its there. Band 26 is priority for some reason. Doable band 26 and you will see it.

Anyone see B41 in St Pete area?? Great B26, but haven't seen any 41 yet

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Anyone see B41 in St Pete area?? Great B26, but haven't seen any 41 yet

On 16 ave n. And 2400 block I got 77 megs down. And on 30 ave n. And mlk I got 60 megs down.

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I still can't believe all the issues around Tampa International Airport. One tower on Westshore and Spruce still does not have csfb enabled on it and the airport tower seems to be down. I was at International Mall and I had eHRPD but no data. There is some Band 26 available now tho in spots.

 

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Ok, most in this board know I work at the airport and have been keeping an eye on the site, which seems to have been down for some time, as well as area sites in some sort of in-progress type status.  A long while back I saw new cabinets, which looked like Sprint ones, hoisted up on top of the Marriott hotel site that is inside the airport.  I thought we were moving in the right direction and then nothing for a long period of time.  

 

What has also been difficult, because of the strange way they have had to mount and paint everything on the site, with a myriad of carriers up there, it has been difficult to tell whose setups were  on the building.  Other carriers have all installed new antennas up there with different ways of making their installs conform to whatever standards the owners have required.

 

A couple of days ago, it was promising to see on the very highest point (above what was the revolving restaurant which closed not long ago), folks milling around up there.  Yesterday, I saw ladders up there.  Then, just before leaving work, I saw them install one antenna, which looks to be what we have seen being used for Sprint in TPA for LTE.  They also mounted RRUs to the right of the unit on the wall, or at least from the ground that is what it appeared to be.  

 

Being it was as high as i was I couldn't get a good look at it, but Sunday I will go on the top of the parking deck, where I can be level and fairly close to it, to make that determination.  I'll pop up a few photos here on Sunday evening.  With any luck, they will get this one up and running, as well as the other surrounding sites and avoid many of the issues that I, and others, have been experiencing.

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Looking forward to the photos.

 

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Looking forward to the photos.

 

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Ok, here they are...  This antenna and RRUs are mounted on top of the TPA airport Marriott hotel.  Some are on the hotel structure itself (which most of those are newer and didn't conform to the old having to paint them the color of the hotel). I have watched numerous companies all install those.    Just above the hotel, companies put their boxes, usually painted the color of the hotel.  (I reported previously that the cabinets seen in this photo, that aren't painted, were hoisted up a long time ago and a bunch of work done, but then nothing after that).  Then, just above that is the old revolving restaurant that closed not too long ago.  On the very top, there are a myriad of antennas.  But what cropped up there on Thursday 19JUN14, was the single antenna with multiple RRUs, right in between a widely spaced set of thin white antennas.  I'm hoping they are Sprint and this site can be completed soon and the area sites that are in the process of having work completed done with better call and data quality.

 

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The shot I took was from the top of the parking deck.  From the ground its tough to see.  Could not take a photo of the other side.   Here is a shot of the entire hotel.

 

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Downtown Tampa and Tampa Airport Update:  On my way home today I thought I would cut through downtown which I do every few weeks.  Today to my surprise, as I usually look up at the Masonite Corp. Bldg on Jackson at Florida Ave., is that there are new Sprint antennas installed there.  I quickly flipped over to check and sure enough they are up and running.  That was quick and I am sure there are some very happy folks now who work in downtown Tampa as there is some nice LTE there.  I'll cut through there tomorrow and map it on Sensorly as I wasn't mapping on my way home today.

 

At the airport today they continued work on the antenna and RRUs pictured in my previous message.  Hopefully they will get this going as fast as they did the downtown site, which hadn't had any work up until now.

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The Spruce and Westshore site finally has csfb enabled after several months. The only site that didn't have csfb on it as of 2 weeks ago was at Countryside Mall.

 

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Downtown Tampa and Tampa Airport Update:  On my way home today I thought I would cut through downtown which I do every few weeks.  Today to my surprise, as I usually look up at the Masonite Corp. Bldg on Jackson at Florida Ave., is that there are new Sprint antennas installed there.  I quickly flipped over to check and sure enough they are up and running.  That was quick and I am sure there are some very happy folks now who work in downtown Tampa as there is some nice LTE there.  I'll cut through there tomorrow and map it on Sensorly as I wasn't mapping on my way home today.

 

At the airport today they continued work on the antenna and RRUs pictured in my previous message.  Hopefully they will get this going as fast as they did the downtown site, which hadn't had any work up until now.

 

As of today, 25JUN, they are still working on the Tampa airport site at both the antenna and cabinet levels.  As far as the downtown site I mentioned, it wasn't broadcasting LTE today.  This area, as well as the airport, seems to have a bunch of work going on so hope to see some improvements at both places soon.  When the downtown site broadcasts LTE again I'll map it.

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As of today, 25JUN, they are still working on the Tampa airport site at both the antenna and cabinet levels. As far as the downtown site I mentioned, it wasn't broadcasting LTE today. This area, as well as the airport, seems to have a bunch of work going on so hope to see some improvements at both places soon. When the downtown site broadcasts LTE again I'll map it.

Thanks for the update. :tu:

 

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I'll have to update more when I get back to the Tampa market. I am working an assignment in Michigan for a month and will only be back in Tampa on the weekends. Surprised how many areas I have been so far in the lower, eastern parts of Michigan where I haven't had LTE. Hoping next weekend on my return home that some of the sites I have been monitoring are completed.

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I'm in the tampa international airport with -106-124dbm band 41 inside! Nexus 5

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