Samsung Network Vision equipment are highly distinct and fairly easy to spot compared to the equipment that other vendors are deploying. Sprint is Samsung's first extremely massive American contract (baring Clearwire) so there should be no issues in confusing these equipment for another carrier which happens often with Ericsson NV equipment.
Below are images of Samsung equipment which includes antennas, remote radio units, base stations, and their mounting configurations.
Samsung antenna with eSMR 800 RRU & PCS 1900 RRU
A close look at a Samsung setup
Next Generation Samsung Configuration
RRH-P4 4T4R 1.9 GHz | RRH-C4 4T4R 800 MHz| RRH-V3 2.5 GHz
Next Generation 8 Port Dual Band Antenna Setup
4 port 800 MHz RRH-C4 800
Narrow beam setup
High Capacity Site with 2 Antennas & 3 RRUs (2x PCS & 1x SMR).
Second antenna is PCS only for now.
Canadian IBEZ (NO SMR)
Special Case PCS Only Setup for Canadian IBEZ
Close up of standard antenna connectors
Powerpoint slides from Samsung / Sprint
*disclaimer - all powerpoint diagrams and images were found through public municipality online databases and is by no means misappropriated through malicious means*
*Credit goes to those whom took pictures of these equipment. You know who you are*
by Jeff Foster
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 7:46 PM MST
Since last fall, there had been talk of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus launching on American carriers other than Big Red. Sprint has finally announced several weeks ago that it is the another vendor slated for release in the U.S. Suffice to say, many of us out there, especially those adverse to heading to Verizon and paying its premium prices, are excited about the impending release.
The good news is that Google could be working on an updated version of the Galaxy Nexus. It has unofficially been dubbed the Galaxy Nexus Plus. There is much anticipation that it will be released before Sprint turns on LTE this summer. It’s not the first time an OEM has refreshed a device and re-released it to the market place, which works to our advantage. It’s rumored that the new Galaxy Nexus will have either a 1.5 or 1.8 GHz Texas Instrument OMAP4670 dual core processor. This would be a significant upgrade from the 1.2 GHz dual core processor found in the current Verizon version.
We don’t know anything about official specs, but it’s also rumored to have an 8 MP camera. This is a noteworthy upgrade to the 5 MP shooter on the Verizon model (which has been lauded by many techies). We already know that the Sprint model will come installed with Google Wallet, per previous announcements. Some rumors also point to a beefier battery as well. The phone should have all the other features that’s on the current Galaxy Nexus, so now all we have to do is wait.
A new Samsung tablet certified for Sprint (and others) went through the FCC a few days ago..
Category 6 UE
LTE Bands 2-4-5-12-25-26-41
Carrier Aggregation capable for Downlink operations. 2xCA B41
Looks to be one of the bigger flagship tablets (~10" ?) and will be the 11th 2xB41 CA capable device to come to Sprint.
October security update is out.
Found a third n41 along that same powerline. A new T-Mobile B41/n41 signal has appeared at the 405/522 interchange. I discovered that the powerline tower at 47.7798189, -122.1750665 has been upgraded to B41/n41. It is broadcasting 40MHz of B41 and 60MHz of n41. I was able to pull around 400 Mbps from it when I was close by.
I've been walking around northern Crown Heights/Prospect Heights with my phone locked to Band 41 and Band 71 in an effort to find new 600MHz and BRS/EBS sites. So far I've gathered that T-Mobile is doing what they did back in their LTE deployments days and doing cluster deployments. By that I mean that they seem to be going to neighborhoods and upgrading pretty much all of the sites in that area at once. On September 1st you could count on one hand the number of sites with 600MHz in Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. Now it seems that somewhere in the range of 50-75% of the sites have 600MHz live. Additionally, about half of the sites that got 600MHz upgrades also got BRS/EBS upgrades and are broadcasting both n41 and Band 41. T-Mobile is moving extremely fast here!
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