Now that I've posted an intro to South African carriers, I'm comfortable to share some images of our base stations this side of planet Earth. I'd really appreciate help identifying everything since our equipment is common.
Oh, this base station is located at a local school and serves a really large area.
This is my base station I have clear LOS to. It's 1622m away.
What is what here?
All the sector antennas seem old yet this site was upgraded within the past year to 100Mbps LTE.
Again, not sure what antenna this is, or what belongs to who. I suppose it'll be difficult for you guys too given the country difference.
MTN owns this site but also hosts Telkom Mobile equipment. There is only one large BTS shelter from what I could see.
Interested to know what this is...
Close-up. I hope the high resolution photo I took is in tact because I can read the writing on the original.
A lot of cabling...
Company that provided the cooling for the BTS shelter.
The more sub 6GHz spectrum the other carriers pick up, the less advantage Sprint has. That advantage holds a bit tighter though for anything above 2.5GHz for realistic urban full on coverage.
However, it's a long ways to get there. CBRS is 150MHz right now, that will get split up once it goes up for auction. And it's a full 1GHz spread from 2.5GHz.
Then C-Band that is being looked into like 6GHz, you are looking at similar limitations that are on existing 5GHz. Unlicensed, low power output of 1w or 250mW. With current considerations there will be at least 850MHz for 1w output, but that is still just 1w.