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Sprint may need up to 40,000 new cell sites for 2.5 GHz


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http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/story/sprint-may-need-40000-new-cell-sites-25-ghz-tower-exec-says/2014-05-04?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Editor&utm_campaign=SocialMedia

 

 

 

 

Sprint (NYSE: S) will need to roll out an additional 30,000-40,000 transmission sites if the carrier wants its 2.5 GHz TD-LTE network to reach coverage parity with its 1.9 GHz networks, according to the head of American Tower.

 

Well, we kinda already knew that and I don't think their attempting to.

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I'm all for 40K More towers...but how about in areas not covered! How about with NV TOO!!  :-) Let's get some more organic coverage!! :-D

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It will be much less because of beam forming. And the propagation difference between 2600 and 1900MHz is not as big as they are making it out to be. We notice a huge difference between 2600 Wimax and 1900 EVDO. But the difference between LTE 2600 and LTE 1900 is much smaller.

 

Sprint says in internal documents that 1900MHz reaches only 30% farther than 2600 with all things being equal. And beamforming can close most of that gap, if not all of it.

 

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You can subtract the 8,000 non-redundant Clearwire sites from that number.

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I think American Tower is just trying to lure investors into thinking they are going to go gang busters in the next few years.

 

I literally came in here to post that exact statement. 

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