Okay, now that I said I hadn't seen any activity, I'm wondering if I saw something new this afternoon.
I copied one of the pictures and annotated it in red. Am I right?
I've been noticing lowband coverage loss in the greater Seattle area as T-Mobile has been swapping out 6-port 700/midband antennas for 8-port 600/700/midband antennas.
Judging from the antenna gain figures, this isn't surprising, but I was wondering if anyone else has been noticing the same? There are quite a few areas I frequent that have gone from reliable weak L700 to EDGE or no service after 600 antenna upgrades...
Antenna comparison for anyone interested:
Commscope SBNHH-1D65C (almost all 700 setups use these antennas)
2x2 700 (16.2)
4x4 1700 (17.7) & 1900 (17.9) & 2100 (18.5)
96.6 x 11.9 x 7.1
Commscope FFHH-65B-R3 (most new 600 setups use these antennas)
4x4 600 (14.1) & 700 (14.3)
4x4 1700 (17.6) & 1900 (18.4) & 2100 (19.0)
72 x 25.2 x 9.3
Commscope FFHH-65C-R3 (some 600 setups on large structures use these antennas)
4x4 600 (15.4) & 700 (15.8)
4x4 1700 (17.9) & 1900 (18.4) & 2100 (18.8)
95.9 x 25.2 x 9.3
Dish has ~8 million customers. I don't expect Dish to have the growth that TMobile has had. Lets say Dish is lucky to add an average of 1M customers a year for 5 years. That puts them only at 13M customers. Even if they were TMobile like in the ability to add at least 1M new customers a quarter, in 5 years that is 20M + 8M, so 28M.
Whatever network they build I think it'll focus very much just in the big cities where they have the most customers right now and plan to push sales the most. It doesn't make sense for them to build a nationwide network and use all their bands. It doesn't even really make sense to build a low-band network to hit their 70% pop coverage.
I could see Dish coming to an agreement with TMobile to broadcast their spectrum. Like why would they need to cover 70% pop if they have few customers. Also I could see if Dish continues forward in good faith and the deadlines are near that the FCC could be willing to come to some form of agreement with Dish to not penalize them if they are unable to get TMobile to host use their spectrum.