Fierce has a poll posted... and is utilizing a bracket style contest to find out who their readers think is the most powerful person in the telecom industry. Between Marcelo and the pink clad Chihuahua of a man... I give it to Marcelo. I think the final winner should be Masa, it's is a name people know and will get to know more in the coming years worldwide. But for the current poll, it's an easy decision for me!
For Ericsson markets t-mobile uses what is known as AIR antenna units which have the radio unit integrated with the antenna. This type of setup significantly reduces signal loss from the radio to the antenna since they're both practically next to each other and not sepearated by coax jumper cables like that of a remote radio unit.
Basic Ericsson AIR21 setup
(Note typically there are 2 Ericsson AIR per sector)
Ericsson AIR21 + Band 12 700 mhz Equipment
Note the addition of a new low band 700 mhz capable antenna + Ericsson RRUS11 B12 (remote radio units) in addition to new TMA (tower mounted amplifiers) connected to the AIR antenna. The new Ericsson RRUS11 B12 + Antenna addition is for tmobiles band 12 700mhz (L700) deployment.
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With the introduction of the new plans Sprint has announced. I told one of my friends about the $60 unlimited plan and she was shocked yet happy about it. She currently has T-Mobile and there has been times where my Sprint service has out performed her service even in the city with puling up information and out of town...well... you already know how that went. She was talking about switching and stuff but then she sent me a typical article bashing Sprint and I got irritated by it and I had to explain to her that Sprint is not bad at all. These articles are based on past experiences from 3+ years ago. I told her I'm pulling 60+ mbps on LTE but she's worried about Sprint being slow ( because of what she read). Guys give me some advice on persuading her to give Sprint a chance.
I feel like articles that are being posted is what keeps away customers. It makes no sense that T-Mobiles 2g network is not spoken about when they are in the news for changes to plans and such. But good ol Sprint makes changes and articles that get posted rips Sprint apart for filth.
Roger Cheng @cnet appears to have had the most fun out of this, it kind of wrote the story for him I guess, so there is that. Also, just noticed the extra title Q, that is gonna drive some people nuts today. Top lel.
All Good Valid Questions. If I remember correctly, I think T-Mobile has to assist with financing should Shentel want to buy out T-Mobiles assets. If my memory is good on that point, it might make a difference.
T-Mobile surely has their hands full of issues in the country. If I were in their shoes, I would be very happy to have Shentel upgrade and manage all assets in the current Shentel area. Shentel's Sprint network is very very good. They built a network that was better then Sprint was elsewhere. There is no question that Shentel would do a much better job combining the networks than T-Mobile would. T-Mobile really needs Shentel to continue their good work. I hope T-Mobile realizes that.
T-Mobile's network in most of the Shentel territory is not good. Shentel's Sprint network is very very good. Shentel could easily combine them efficiently and have a superior network to anybody else.
So does anyone have experienced band 71 that's basically unusable and band 12 unusable? I've had no luck with either one in month's. I'm in the Denver area. Just wondering if it's just my area or nation wide.
https://www.shentel.com/news/2020/july/20q2 earnings release
Some notes on this possible acquisition.
So the 90-days after the Sprint/TMobile merger is up. TMobile and Shentel did not negotiate a new agreement where Shentel would continue as a TMobile affiliate.
T-Mobile has a period of 60 days to purchase the assets of the Shentel's wireless operations at 90% EBV. This period ends August 31th. If T-Mobile does not purchase Shentel's wireless assets, Shentel has 60 days to purchase T-Mobile's legacy network and subscribers in Shentel's service area. If after these 60 days Shentel does not purchase out T-Mobile then T-Mobile must sell or decommission it's network and customers in Shentel's service area.
Now, questions I have:
1.) Would there be reason for T-Mobile to not have purchased Shentel's wireless business out August 1st or the 3rd? Would they wanna wait until the 30th? Since there is no news on T-Mobile making their move is it a higher chance that Shentel's wireless survives this merger?
2.) If Shentel makes it past the 30th, do they have the capital to purchase TMobile's assets and customers?
3.) If Shentel buys T-Mobile out or T-Mobile exists the service area, in both these cases does Shentel get the rights to all of T-Mobile's spectrum portfolio? Only the Sprint spectrum? What about the 800MHz they utilize does that still go to Dish?
4.) What if Shentel expands? I know they made an agreement with Sprint a while back that gave them the option to expand deep into Eastern KY (possibly via an Appalachian Wireless acquisition maybe?). If Shentel expands into new service areas will that force T-Mobile out?