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So seeing as how Sprint is aiming to have Network Vision mostly completed by the end of this year as well as the apparent inclusion of LTE upgrades to Network.sprint.com, do you think they are focusing on doing strictly NV upgrades or are there still band-aid fixes taking place?

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So seeing as how Sprint is aiming to have Network Vision mostly completed by the end of this year as well as the apparent inclusion of LTE upgrades to Network.sprint.com, do you think they are focusing on doing strictly NV upgrades or are there still band-aid fixes taking place?

 

There are still maintenance upgrades still occurring. On legacy and NV sites. The number of legacy sites getting maintenance upgrades will be steadily dwindling over the next few months.

 

However, NV sites will still be getting maintenance upgrades too. If a NV site sees voice or data growth, additional carriers may need to be added. And if the site needs to order additional backhaul from the supplier, it will probably be shown as a speed upgrade.

 

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There are still maintenance upgrades still occurring. On legacy and NV sites. The number of legacy sites getting maintenance upgrades will be steadily dwindling over the next few months.

 

However, NV sites will still be getting maintenance upgrades too. If a NV site sees voice or data growth, additional carriers may need to be added. And if the site needs to order additional backhaul from the supplier, it will probably be shown as a speed upgrade.

 

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Ahh that makes sense. I just thought that at this point they could afford to just circumvent the maintenance upgrades to the legacy equipment since they will be all but gone within the next 12 months.

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Ahh that makes sense. I just thought that at this point they could afford to just circumvent the maintenance upgrades to the legacy equipment since they will be all but gone within the next 12 months.

The legacy maintenance is already paid for via previous contracts (I could be wrong, pretty sure I read that somewhere). Might as well, especially if you are in one of the later NV markets.

 

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Ahh that makes sense. I just thought that at this point they could afford to just circumvent the maintenance upgrades to the legacy equipment since they will be all but gone within the next 12 months.

 

Maintenance upgrades are a part of capex for every wireless carrier around the world. Sprint is just more transparent and shows them to customers on a map. The problem with Sprint 3G over the past few years is that they didn't spend the money on maintenance upgrades as they should have. Now they are.

 

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Robert,

 

Do you think legacy maintenance upgrades are taking place in parallel to NV upgrades in markets like DC? Or should we expect all 'data speed upgrades' on network.sprint.com to be NV upgrades in these active areas? Thanks.

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Robert,

 

Do you think legacy maintenance upgrades are taking place in parallel to NV upgrades in markets like DC? Or should we expect all 'data speed upgrades' on network.sprint.com to be NV upgrades in these active areas? Thanks.

 

Maintenance upgrades will always be ongoing. On old legacy sites and even new Network Vision sites. You will never be able to look at the maps the way they report data now and definitely know you are looking specifically at an NV upgrades. Sometimes additional T1's can take so long to get from an ILEC, they may just be installed a little while before NV starts on a site. And that will be shown as a speed upgrade too.

 

Since they have so many spare 1x voice and EVDO data cards, they freely add them to legacy sites now when and where needed. So these pollute findings on the site from showing NV. Additionally, when an NV site is converted and brought online, if additional 1x and EVDO carriers are added at conversion, these will be shown on the site. And lastly, sometimes after NV conversion of a site, if there is more use than expected, they may have to come back and add some more capacity or add additional AAV backhaul.

 

Also, do not forget that the Sprint site also shows ALL work in the past six months. So it is entirely possible that 4 or 5 months ago, a site received a legacy speed upgrade and just recently was upgraded to NV too. It would show all these upgrades. There are no clear things to deduct by looking at network.sprint.com upgrade maps to denote the items listed are only NV or only legacy related. At least not until 6 months after the last site is completed in a market.

 

 

 

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There are still maintenance upgrades still occurring. On legacy and NV sites. The number of legacy sites getting maintenance upgrades will be steadily dwindling over the next few months.

 

However, NV sites will still be getting maintenance upgrades too. If a NV site sees voice or data growth, additional carriers may need to be added. And if the site needs to order additional backhaul from the supplier, it will probably be shown as a speed upgrade.

 

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on this explanation, PR needs a lot of backhaul from samsung!!!

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