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I can only imagine how great it'll be for folks in these areas to one day wake up and see that they're holding onto LTE far better than before or that where they once had 3G only, they now have LTE service.
I gotta say this about Sprint and what they did here and by all means it isnt the best by any means, but without having band 26 this whole time .. sprint really precisely picked out the tower placements of sites that were added back in 2013/2014.. in some areas where more coverage was needed Sprint placed the towers really high in some others where they added band 25 they placed the tower lower as coverage fill and placed small cells to help coverage.. Sprint did stretch pcs band 25 as far as it go to maintain LTE lol.. but not too many drops to LTE that I have seen on Sprint , but b25 speeds did suffer because of it

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I didn't take any pictures of the sites in Las Cruces, but from what I gathered they replaced their old equipment with 16t16r equipment.  It was a great experience overall, even on B25.  B26 will be a great addition there.

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15 hours ago, rackhivee said:

I didn't take any pictures of the sites in Las Cruces, but from what I gathered they replaced their old equipment with 16t16r equipment.  It was a great experience overall, even on B25.  B26 will be a great addition there.

By 16T16R you're referring to the 16 port antennas that have 4x4 B26, 4x4 B25 and 8x8 B41?

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Sprint is now 92% complete with their band 41 roll out in El Paso

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And after an investment in the market Sprint now has the fastest average download speed at 17.9 jumped above T-Mobile on network speeds... Once upload improves those scores will also improve727f72125b88430a1a7ab4aedd3dd2d4.jpg18ed17c5a784eb444a16dd31ccccc2d2.jpg03bf9574257519aae820b9505fd9ef94.jpg

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Anyone know if they ever installed backhaul to the site at Coors & Montano?

Thanks

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1 hour ago, peakbagger said:

Anyone know if they ever installed backhaul to the site at Coors & Montano?

Thanks

When I checked about two months ago it looked like they have the backhaul.

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On 9/7/2018 at 10:13 AM, SeanK_ said:

When I checked about two months ago it looked like they have the backhaul.

Since yesterday some work is being done near Coors between Paseo and Montano and the company that is installing is known for installing fiber and building towers so I think they are running fiber to the site. The site already has new cabinets and stuff. I hope it's for the tower and can give it some love.

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Since yesterday some work is being done near Coors between Paseo and Montano and the company that is installing is known for installing fiber and building towers so I think they are running fiber to the site. The site already has new cabinets and stuff. I hope it's for the tower and can give it some love.
It definitely needs some love. I try to avoid that area as much as I can because I can barely do anything on my phone. It's hard to hang at the new La Cumbre right there lol

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1 minute ago, seventy_x_7 said:

It definitely needs some love. I try to avoid that area as much as I can because I can barely do anything on my phone. It's hard to hang at the new La Cumbre right there lol

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Tell me about it. I live right by it.

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More band 41 upgrades on the way... This one was completed today almost at 100% complete across the city76f26a8fc4e9803fffd0b622ce92249e.jpg

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Another upgrade in progress.. and another team is working on a site that already has been upgraded2d12ea81a9f2883a5e6a21900de0ceec.jpge981f898b7f82e6f6df6b1ddc751666a.jpg

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Spotted another band 41/26 upgrade a bit out side of El Paso county lines along I-10.. lot of work going on here fc5a6c88de940dc4b386f21d76971002.jpg

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8 hours ago, tyroned3222 said:

Spotted another band 41/26 upgrade a bit out side of El Paso county lines along I-10.. lot of work going on here fc5a6c88de940dc4b386f21d76971002.jpg

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Man we’re going to need a service experience review from you. Sprint has done so much in your market in such a very short span of time. 

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Man we’re going to need a service experience review from you. Sprint has done so much in your market in such a very short span of time. 

Yes coming soon on the 21st of September.. Sprint has managed to upgrade a high percentage of their current tower grid here in 5 months.. More sites are being upgraded that I still haven't checked on yet.. and the mall sites looks to be getting massive Mimo as that site serves an indoor and outdoor mall that are across the street from each other.. will upload pics as soon as I can get to that side of town (Ericsson market btw ) ..band 26 is up on all those sites which should be turned on any month now.. for Sprint to have a shot at volte with just 60 macro towers a tough task ? I'll have to check and see where drops to 3G happen and evaluate based on that, but more sites are needed Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another Sprint band 41/26 upgrade.. 2 more left a0f44c61fec4bc4c09b8367dcc91f1d1.jpg

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One wierd thing I saw was that Sprint took a hit in Call Performance. Interesting. I have not noticed this. Perhaps I missed a Calling Plus or VoLTE.
Any changes on the calling.. have you dropped calls .. or has it been solid ?

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On 9/16/2018 at 7:55 PM, tyroned3222 said:

Yes coming soon on the 21st of September.. Sprint has managed to upgrade a high percentage of their current tower grid here in 5 months.. More sites are being upgraded that I still haven't checked on yet.. and the mall sites looks to be getting massive Mimo as that site serves an indoor and outdoor mall that are across the street from each other.. will upload pics as soon as I can get to that side of town (Ericsson market btw ) ..band 26 is up on all those sites which should be turned on any month now.. for Sprint to have a shot at volte with just 60 macro towers a tough task ? I'll have to check and see where drops to 3G happen and evaluate based on that, but more sites are needed Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If they update/upgrade all sites with B26, VOLTE should be fine. Of course they might still need more sites for garden variety data.

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If they update/upgrade all sites with B26, VOLTE should be fine. Of course they might still need more sites for garden variety data.
For starters.. from knowing areas well Sprint need at least 12 co locations to begin with.. lucky TMO and Verizon already have ton of sites for Sprint to do so

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For starters.. from knowing areas well Sprint need at least 12 co locations to begin with.. lucky TMO and Verizon already have ton of sites for Sprint to do so

 

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Once Sprint does keep VOLTE up and running and all phones are using it, I hope this means they can use other carriers Volte and other carriers can use Sprint volte.

 

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2 hours ago, tyroned3222 said:

Any changes on the calling.. have you dropped calls .. or has it been solid ?

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I still haven't noticed the decrease in cell coverage.

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So I was getting this in Hobbs this weekend.
Sprint where is the love for Alamogordo??

This is what I have been getting here most of the day. While downloading does get higher. Upload has always been sub par



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Alamogordo speeds today


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    • Roaming on band 2 T-Mobile that’s all


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    • Yeah that tower is by mercy. I saw yesterday a tower being put up north or Penn and Memorial. 
    • Based on the earlier public released plans and interviews, that would be true on a market by market basis as the new T-Mobile converts B41 to 5G.  What is in the latest plans is anyone's guess.  Going to 5G would provide 100MHz wide carriers which would mean 5 times faster uploads before factoring in 5G speed improvements.  Could one radio handle all of the available B41 bandwidth that Sprint has in numerous cities (up to 8 or 9 20MHz carriers)? Rumors are the Sprint Massive MIMO radios can only handle 6 carriers for a total of 120MHz, but I could be wrong.   My understanding is also that T-Mobile small cells are all fiber fed which would free up bandwidth for phones.  T-Mobile would likely go for different radios hopefully covering the full 194Mhz since they would only want 5G support.  In deals like the Shentel-nTelos and T-Mobile-Metro PCS the FCC has always had the firms either upgrade the firmware to support the new network or to give discounts for new phones.  Your voice will only be heard if you tell the FCC.  The FCC comment period is now open until early December. If T-Mobile drops CDMA, then voice coverage will also be reduced given the vast range of 1x800. (I have observed it up to 50 miles away, but that is in rare cases).  In the Shentel-nTelos merger, LTE coverage was mandated to extend fully over all nTelos 3G coverage.  Once again this is something you should ask for.  Another area of concern is VoLTE support.  I personally think Sprint will only offer it on phones it is currently selling.  Hopefully T-Mobile will go back to phones such as the LG V20 and have VoLTE support.  But always best to ask. https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-18-1155A1.pdf https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=18-197&sort=date_disseminated,DESC
    • Looks like Sprint and T Mobile have been active around my house.   I see at least 3 new small cells that have going up in the last 2 weeks and are active.    I can pull a band 41 signal from 2 of them... the 3rd I'm assuming is Sprint  or T-Mo?   I'm not sure what the T-Mobile small cells look like.   Its very good to see progress.    Does anyone know if the small cells can broadcast more than one frequency?  Ie... if the merger is approved and T-Mo turns band 41 into 5G... then I assume I will not be able to pull that in with my Samsung 9+? 
    • Oh and I assume much of this is was a negotiation to renew their lease.




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