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6 hours ago, Trip said:

Massive MIMO in Farmville.

https://imgur.com/a/cFTDQVH

More in the Premiere thread.

- Trip

It’s been awhile since I’ve been down to Farmville. Nice to see they have massive mimo now since the last time I went down. 

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On 8/24/2019 at 5:07 PM, Trip said:

Massive MIMO in Farmville.

https://imgur.com/a/cFTDQVH

More in the Premiere thread.

- Trip

How can you tell that is a massive MIMO site?  I thought the MM notation in SignalCheck was for mini-macro Nokia equipment?

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I drove up to it and saw the Massive MIMO panels. 

But although it fits the MM pattern, Shentel has filled up the GCIs that would typically be reserved for Massive MIMO and thus had to find a GCI to use elsewhere in the FExxx-FFxxx range.  They also have small cells and other things in the FE9xx range, as Shentel seems to use it as their all-purpose overflow.

- Trip

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To expand a bit, according to the MLS data, the highest patterned GCI currently in use is FE8B0, which would translate to FFD00 for Band 41.  If they followed the pattern that Sprint is using for Massive MIMO in DC, their first Massive MIMO would be at FFA90, which is already in use. 

It actually seems like Shentel is going to run out of pattern-capable GCIs relatively soon.  It looks like FE96A is being used for a DAS, so that implies that FE969/FFDB9 is as high as it can go unless they shift those GCIs up some more or skip ahead to unused values in between. 

(The Mini Macro in Farmville is at FE9F4, for any interested.)

I note the MLS data also shows FE985/FE986/FE987 being used near Harrisonburg with the PCIs matching the Mount Crawford site, so it looks like Massive MIMO is up there too.

- Trip

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