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  1. 10 points
    Yes. But we didn't live in a bubble. There were two other vendors. Ericsson was clearly the worst of the three in Network Vision deployment (in some ways they had to do it twice). Also, when it comes to network management, a third party will almost NEVER do as good of a job yourself, because they don't take ownership of the issues the way you would yourself. And so there is not the sense of urgency when an issue or roadblock comes up. And you're much more likely to accept no as an answer. I see it all day long in my line of work. Robert
  2. 10 points
    Sorry for being late to this and some of this is repeating New York. They have $7 billion in cash and just under $10 billion in liquid assets. I guess I read that differently than you do. From the investor update presentation they've basically got enough liquidity to pay off their debt for the next two years if they do nothing at all. What will happen is what has happened for years. You'll likely see Sprint offer new notes at some point this year that will replace the debt or expand it further. He isn't talking about a "massive restructuring of their debt" at all. He is talking about what Sprint has done in the past and will continue to do going forward. Sprint has roughly $4.3 billion in debt due this fiscal year. If they issue $4.3 billion in new debt ceteris paribus their debt and liquidity positions haven't changed. They aren't refinancing $40 billion in debt. As maturing debt is retired they are issuing new debt. The next 3 years that is $4 to $5 billion a year at a time. Presumably indefinitely as long as someone is willing to lend to them (which there is a finite point somewhere there), but especially in the current economic conditions Sprint didn't have any trouble getting money last year and actually up-sized an offering due to favorable interest. The Free Cash Flow thing is a little weird. As a customer, I'd prefer Sprint invests in their network, something they did up about 50% year-over-year. That spending is going to drive Free Cash Flow down. If they had spent about $1 billion less in Capex they would've been free cash flow positive, which again is meaningless to me as a customer. It also isn't a really compelling failing firm argument, which is part of the reason they're having trouble convincing the DOJ of their arguement here. T-Mobile hasn't been FCF positive* since 2015. *using Cash from operations less capital expenditures
  3. 9 points
  4. 7 points
    My gut says higher prices. But it all will come down to DISH. If DISH sweeps in and buys a lot of Sprint network assets and well funds this and executes well, we could end up with a more solid 4th competitor than Sprint in 5-6 years. But that's a TALL order. Robert
  5. 7 points
    Well looks like the 5G symbol is lighting up in DC and Virginia /DC market, Chantilly wasn't a fluke.
  6. 7 points
  7. 7 points
    Google responded on reddit, looks like it will be addressed
  8. 7 points
    A S4GRU Moderator did take action in this instance. Posting privileges temporarily removed. Robert
  9. 6 points
    I am terrible at following HSPA bugs because I don't see them myself.. I'll have to go back and look into this one again. There were some back-end Android changes regarding the PSC value; it technically does not exist on GSM connections, even though Android always reported a value and had specific functions to do so -- it was deprecated a couple of years ago, which caused me to backtrack. Some phones report HSPA information as CellInfoGsm, so no PSC is directly available; others report it as CellInfoWcdma, so I can get the PSC. I can work around it, but it's not as simple as it appears from your armchair.. 😜 I did see your messages and I am working on it. There's a lot of nuances I need to adjust in order to to discard the 1450 offset so it's a bit tricky. There are known issues with Android 10 that I have been working on.. didn't realize it was going to be publicly released yesterday so I was caught off guard. There will be an app update in the next day or so that should resolve most major issues. -Mike
  10. 6 points
    A lot of rebuilds with B41 and B25/26 or just B25/26 on NY17 between Roscoe and Monticello. Previously these were all B25 only GMO site. Still a lot of coverage gaps between sites where I would drop Sprint LTE or hold on to B26 until -130dBm.
  11. 6 points
  12. 5 points
    Looks like 5g launching officially in NYC, DC, LA & Phoenix as coverage maps updated with it today!
  13. 5 points
    So in my travels I've been gathering data. I have my iPhone on Verizon and my iPad on Sprint. I haven't collected enough data to post a full report yet but this is what I've got so far out of 26 tests: Sprint Average Download: 32.22Mbps Verizon Average Download: 49.59Mbps Sprint Average Upload: 4.21Mbps Verizon Average Upload: 15.55Mbps There have been areas where Verizon kicked butt. There were other areas where Sprint took the win. There were actually a couple of places in central Wisconsin where I had no service with Verizon and had US Cellular roaming with Sprint. Once I get more locations in this report then I'll probably post it. I really want to compare them in San Diego. Edit: Should add locations tested so far. Grand Forks, ND Minneapolis Airport Central Wisconsin Appleton, WI Detroit Airport Atlanta Airport Savannah Airport Beaufort, SC
  14. 5 points
    All this news about 5G is great, but I was on Amtrak yesterday for a day trip between Washington DC (Union Station) and Iselin, NJ (Metropark Station), and Sprint’s coverage while on the trip was atrocious. It repeatedly dropped to no 1x, 1x, 1 bar of LTE, or unusable LTE with more than one bar. (I have a fully updated iPhone XS and I reported the network issues where/when I could.) It makes me wonder if any of Sprint’s Network Team has tested/ridden the Amtrak Northeast Corridor and tried using their device(s). How can they expect anyone to get work done (or other personal usage) while on the trip with this level of network performance? Hopefully Sprint addresses this, because 5G only goes so far in acquiring new and keeping customers. Sprint needs to address these fundamentals.
  15. 5 points
  16. 5 points
  17. 5 points
    Sprint calls in Ericsson for site work ==> Ericsson assigns available local peons of varying quality to work ==> some time later ==> Ericsson worker arrives on site ==> worker connects to Ericsson employees in India to do the actual work ==> worker verifies work is "done" and calls it a day ==> tells sprint all good. TLDR of Ericssons network management work. TLDR2: Remember the 65 MHz PCS project? Ericsson completely ripped out the entire PCS NV ERC network in 2014+ for brand new radios for basically free while ALU and Samsung NV era PCS radios are still in use. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  18. 5 points
    Spotted another M-MIMO site in Astoria this morning. Still wasn't active and was connecting to neighboring M-MIMO cell.. Explains why my speeds were slower yesterday. Speeds this location were 75Mbps to 125Mbps at all times of the day. Really hope the old 8T8R equipment get reused in neighboring markets that lack B41.
  19. 5 points
    Sprint's plan is to deploy standalone NR with EN-DC, as they don't suffer from the same uplink issues mmWave deployments do. This is effectively an NR PCC aggregated with LTE SCCs. That being said, I don't know if we'll see SA or NSA NR for the initial launch. Judging from the upload speeds in the screenshots I've seen on various Sprint engineers twitters', I doubt the initial launch will be SA NR...
  20. 5 points
    Transcript from the Earnings Call is up: https://s21.q4cdn.com/487940486/files/doc_financials/quarterly/2018/Q3/S-US-20190131-2200667-C.pdf Some good questions/answers in it!
  21. 4 points
    Also, we are going to see a HUGE RANGE of speeds with 5G. The maximum speeds is when you have a perfect signal and conditions on all streams with perfect backhaul conditions ON A SERVER THAT CAN HANDLE THE THRUPUT. Perfect signal conditions on so many streams will be very rare in normal usage. So we will see the gamut in the wild between 50Mbps-750Mbps. Not to mention differences in vendors. If you think Sprint's 5G inconsistency is something, check out the inconsistency at Verizon. At least Sprint can get some consistent coverage going. TwoDotFive has turned out to be low band for 5G (at least compared to the others). Robert
  22. 4 points
    I was in Atlanta and Sprints 5G coverage was impressive but most of the time it felt like LTE speeds with a 5G icon. Kinda of like AT&T's 5GE. When band b41 LTE didnt work good then neither did N41. The highest speed I managed was around 450 which is great but it was not common. Also the fact that it was using LTE at the same time makes it even more obvious that Sprint is not putting the backhaul as a high priority. I went inside the Atlanta aquarium and had full bars of 5G but speeds at best was around 15mbps. Meanwhile Verizons LTE was doing around 75mbps and 40-60 upload too. All and all I gotta say I was left fairly disappointed and now see why Sprint needs T-mobile. Sent from my SM-G977P using Tapatalk
  23. 4 points
    EXACTLY. Give my good 4G. I have no need for 5G at all. Most people do not. All the hype about 5G is just the marketing dept trying to get users for 5g when there really is not much demand.
  24. 4 points
  25. 4 points
    Yeah so Speedconnect and Sprint initially did some swaps back in middle of 2017 - mostly Sprint got SC's E, F, and H block for their BRS2 (and probably some money). Last year, it looks like SpeedConnect let their Blackhawk College lease expire for the C and D block, and Sprint picked those 2 up, so now they are sitting pretty well with 100MHz+. At their current configuration, it seems like they are only using the F, H, and G-blocks. I haven't seen any C, D or E spectrum used around here yet. Almost all the sites are using 3 B41 carriers, but only a couple sites I've seen have really great speeds (Southpark Mall site I've got 100+). They must still have limited site backhaul for most of them. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cHdOzM5i-Jy5HtqGrqvukOSDlbfFPbLhVWfxcgR4Ljw/edit?usp=sharing
  26. 4 points
    Do not just zoom in on one device. Sprint stopped the volte updates for ALL older devices in mid December after the iphones and LG v30. They will start releasing those after the full national launch which is not far from now. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  27. 4 points
    Found my first two M-MIMO sites in the area: SE03XC104 (located by Wild Waves in Federal Way) and SE03XC278. They are both broadcasting five L2500 carriers.
  28. 4 points
    Mines here! Airave 4 LTE https://imgur.com/gallery/XjgM91n Super small campared to the 3. Setup wasn't bad other then the power is in a strange location on the unit, hard to plug in with big fingers.
  29. 4 points
  30. 4 points
    We've got 7 or 8 reports between two threads right now which tells me either people are being overly sensitive and/or people need to tone it down. We'll be reviewing posts as we can, and vacations may be warranted but consider this a further warning to anyone from this point on.
  31. 4 points
    None of these are sufficient justifications for a merger in my opinion, because they can be fixed with increased capex and support from SoftBank as the parent company. A merger simply lets SoftBank off easy and subjects the consumer to the negative effects of a consolidated carrier market... and there’s no going back from that in the near/long term. The “Merge or we lose in 5G” argument is such a PR stretch it’s ridiculous.
  32. 4 points
    FCC stopped the shot clock... https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sprint-corp-m-a-t-mobile-us/u-s-telecoms-regulator-stops-shot-clock-on-sprint-t-mobile-merger-review-idUSKCN1QO2KW
  33. 4 points
  34. 4 points
    I’m really impressed with the amount of coverage sprint is providing with their 5G. See this is the advantage Sprint has when it comes to 5G. Their spectrum is 5G ready and all the need to do is get Massive MIMO on these towers and backhaul. This could be really big for Sprint if the results from users are positive. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. 4 points
    Good on Sprint for protecting the integrity of what 5G is, and for protecting its own brand value. AT&T pulled these shenanigans once before with “4G” on the iPhone 4s. Link: https://www.macworld.com/article/1165768/ios_5_1_update_brings_4g_label_to_iphone_4s_on_atandts_network.html
  36. 4 points
  37. 4 points
    With TMO when you call in for help the first time you are designated an experience center (call center) and also a specific team/person. Each time you call they will do their best to get you back to the same person (or team, or experience center) pending time of day and busyness. It’s 100x better than the off shore crap Sprint does. Not slamming Sprint - just my observation. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  38. 3 points
    Thanks for looking into solutions! Ideally, running in Google maps with all the data present to scroll around would be best.
  39. 3 points
    You will get the official word at 11am with some but not a lot of details. Just the broad outlines. Details to come at 1PM and probably on Monday if they close on Monday. But it looks like the merger is approved.
  40. 3 points
    Let’s bring out additional clowns and magicians to magic this merger through to approval. I will sit back and watch with great interest in this circus.
  41. 3 points
    I bought TWO Galaxy S-9's at Best Buy a couple of days AFTER the S-10 was released. Those thousand dollar phones were selling for $499 each. You have to keep looking for that type of thing. You do not need the absolute best new thing. In the S-10 case, the phone was a dud for many people. Some of them had major issues.
  42. 3 points
    VoLTE live throughout Bellevue and Seattle, WA this morning.
  43. 3 points
    I'm willing to give T-Mobile credit for at least publishing a map. As far as I know, Verizon has yet to publish one. - Trip
  44. 3 points
    Had to come check out this site from twitter a few months back. It's only broadcasting 1 20mhz b41 carrier. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  45. 3 points
    I was going to post up meat beater and show an image of a meat tenderizer, but the images that kept coming up for meat beater were not so forum friendly. lol Anyway, back on topic...
  46. 3 points
  47. 3 points
    To help fix issues with SCP on Android Q: Please go and Star https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/130132884 {credit JefBal99}
  48. 3 points
    February update out!
  49. 3 points
    San Marcos, by SR-78 & San Marcos Blvd 33°08'15.4"N 117°10'24.2"W https://goo.gl/maps/WLyPDkAeVF62 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  50. 3 points
    There will have to be sufficient grounds and California law to be able to deny it and let it stand (or any state for that matter). California has courts too. And something like this would be unprecedented and could end up in the Supreme Court pushing the bounds of the 10th Amendment. Robert
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