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  1. It seems like T-Mobile is definitely keeping Sprint's long haul fiber network, as the network images on Sprint.net now say T-Mobile instead of Sprint. Here is to hoping the routing issues T-Mobile is having for some people is due to T-Mobile moving their traffic from 3rd party fiber providers and onto Sprint's (now T-Mobile's) fiber. https://www.sprint.net/tools/network-maps Also, T-Mobile has been working on tech to improve up link speeds and capacity of n41, specifically 256QAM upload and UL-MIMO. Description from Signal Research Group's benchmark study in California here: https://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/5406477/5g-nr-benchmark-study-vol-18-enhanced-uplink
    5 points
  2. Big shoutout to Mike for getting this one done - this will be huge for the quality of data coming into the nationwide database!
    4 points
  3. Multibeam antennas for massive capacity. The MatSing ball is the really impressive antenna here. Those have 48 independent cross-polarized beams that are 6 degrees by 6 degrees arranged in a 12x4 (horizontally by vertically) pattern.
    3 points
  4. A fresh update for the Beta Crew is now live on Google Play! There are two significant changes, among some other smaller bugfixes: * If the device location is more than 10 seconds old, the accuracy will be recorded as "999" in the trail log. This will prevent entries with stale locations from being included in web uploads, and also be easy to quickly identify when looking at logs. * Fixed 5G-NR cell ID display; the values were previously wrong if the selected user preference was an option with sectors. A new hex cell - hex sector display option for IDs was also added. As always, any feedback is appreciated and thanks for your help!
    3 points
  5. Saw this new deal.... $5/Month for 500 GB $10/Month for 2 TB Pretty good.
    3 points
  6. Band 41 Upgrades in progress in the Rapid City SD/Black Hills market as well as info on Sprint site transitions by EOY......we shall see. Hopefully this will be paired with NEW sites as T-Mobile is still at least 29 sites short of the other 2 in the Black Hills area....and DISH is starting to move in with sites.
    3 points
  7. After 7 months of beta testing, an updated version of SignalCheck Pro has finally been released! Version 4.68 is now live on Google Play for all users. It includes tons of bugfixes, significant 5G-NR improvements, and other things that will make your day better. The full changelog is available at https://signalcheck.app/change-log. Please feel free to post here or reach out with any questions. I appreciate everyone's support (and patience), thank you!
    2 points
  8. Those look horrible and massively oversized. I don't understand the point of it because it's not as if there's a lack of telephone poles to put 5G equipment on. The LinkNYC kiosks that currently exist fit in well with the streetscape. These stick out like a sore thumb no matter where you put them. This just seems like the city looking for a way to further monetize LinkNYC so that they not only get money from advertising but also from site leasing when carriers hop onto them.
    2 points
  9. Per Reddit, 1.5 throttle will get fixed in a few weeks. I'm actually 100% okay with an 8 Mbps throttle for video, despite the network being able to consistently deliver 50x that here. But 1.5 is a bridge too far.
    2 points
  10. Wasn't able to take a spin around this site for all bands, but 2/66/41 should be mapped along 101st Avenue, whenever Cellmapper updates as they are currently having some issues. No idea when/if I'll pass again for lowband. One of Sprint's sites that I was hoping to be kept is actually being converted!! Location is eNB 6695, and here are pics: West sector and northeast sector have all the panels up, didn't check the south one but would assume they are up there too. Now I wonder what they will do with the small cell they have on the same intersection... that's a worry for another day. Strange enough, the keep PLMN still isn't being broadcasted from the site, as it was still active as Sprint when I passed today. Locked B26 and B41, and it was still only 311-490. It is going to be a white knuckle ride until the end of June in 2022...
    2 points
  11. n41+n71 carrier aggregation spotted in Los Angeles
    2 points
  12. Here's a better view of the high capacity site at Woodbury Commons. Verizon is still LTE only here. No 5G.
    2 points
  13. I will look into it; the method I implemented is not supposed to pester users, but I certainly could have done something wrong. I do not have an entry for 313690, so "T-Mobile" is what was being reported to the OS. I'll add an entry for that PLMN.. what would the most useful designation be? I intend to do it this week, with the version that went out to the Beta Crew a few days ago -- just need to ensure there are no lingering problems. So far it seems stable! It's still on the list!
    2 points
  14. Mike, a few questions/comments: 1) Is there any way to disable the in-app update prompt? On some of my phones, literally every time I switched away and back to SCP, it popped up to ask. Really irritating since I wanted to do it on wifi. 2) PLMN 313690 popped up as T-Mobile when it appeared in my log, but it should probably be listed as either "Shentel" or "Beam", the latter being the brand name for the former's fixed LTE service. I had a single-hit log of one of their sites and it shows as "T-Mobile B41" when it has nothing to do with T-Mobile. 3) Any idea yet when a new public release might go out so that the database formats line up again? 4) A friendly reminder that I'd love to have the ability to append to the names of the output files so I don't have to rename each one as I copy it to my computer. Thanks again for all you do! - Trip
    2 points
  15. I was expecting to see the Commscope panel, but didn't, unless its on the south-ish facing sector. I'll take another spin around the site to see if I missed something. eNB 49619 is another with B66 being split on one sector, but I don't see the usual split sector antenna(s) on it. While eNB 55828 has it on only one sector, eNB 55976 had 2 facing the same direction! It has since been changed now with the 6449 up on it. eNBs 40989 and 41362 are other towers with one single split panel on one sector that I know of. To be honest, while I definitely want more spectrum, the backhaul is more of an issue. Even sites with the ancient RFS 2/12/66 panels, once they get upgraded, their speeds go up by a lot on LTE. Plus, its fairly easy to hit the 1G backhaul cap with 80 MHz n41 added to B2 and/or B66. I hope they start ramping the small cells with that spectrum though as Paynefanbro said, as adding them in places with a ton of pedestrian traffic/infill coverage would help to place the icing on the layer cake. -- T-Mobile 2xB41 seems to be expanding across Brooklyn, but it also seems targeted, as in for areas where they need/want the extra LTE capacity. Along Eastern Pkwy, most of the towers from Franklin Avenue (eNB 142953) to Rochester Avenue (eNB 475428) seem to have 2xB41 live. A trip along Fort Hamilton Pkwy only produced one tower with 2xB41, eNB 131646. I ran a test on 131646, and I think 2xCA uploads are active on the sites that have 2xB41, but that was the only site I ran the test on so I'm not 100% sure. Sprint definitely had it active when I tested eNB 7263, when 2660 MHz on Sprint was still around.
    2 points
  16. Not sure what market Lake City, Fl is in as of the merger, but I was connected to 5G UC about a week ago and I got 691 down and 83 up. This was using my new iPhone 13 Pro.
    2 points
  17. Yup, I think you identified for me a while back that eNB 55828 has that same antenna. Though it looks like it's only on one sector and the others have Ericsson AIR32's. Same lol. The optimist in me want to believe that they're just waiting for the go ahead on deploying the new small cell design so that they can put LAA, CBRS, and mmWave all inside a single small cell instead of deploying it on macros where the antennas will take up space and site density makes it so you're always just out of range. Sidenote: Despite Verizon's continued push with mmWave in the city I find that I almost never connect to it. It feels like I have to stay in one place and deliberately attempt to connect by cycling airplane mode while standing within line of sight of the antenna. Recently I connected to a site in Gowanus and while standing near it with LOS, I couldn't get over 800Mbps down which was really weird. I guess not all Verizon sites have been provisioned with massive amounts of backhaul.
    2 points
  18. At least in the case of 58152, it seems as though they had only three sectors in late 2017 and then built a fourth in early 2018. The fourth sector was never upgraded from three APX16 antenas, though, so it's a bit hard to tell what exactly they were doing. I generally agree, though, I haven't noticed any active four-sector sites in NYC. Also, AFAIK the AIR 3246 is a single band antenna - Ericsson has a B66 variant and a B25 variant (though T-Mobile seems to only deploy the B66 variant). SOP for B2/B66 split sector sites typically seems to involve the deployment of two split sectors antennas, though I've seen them do it with a single 2HH-38A-R4-V2 (ie. eNB 43381). Very glad to see more split sector sites, but still waiting for more LAA/CBRS and mmWave deployment... 😭
    2 points
  19. I'm leaning towards the idea of changes in the sector azimuth and didn't take down the old sector. I don't know of any 4-sector sites within NYC, but I have realized sites with 2/12/66 setup that get upgraded to all bands may get one or 2 sectors split after the upgrade. I think T-Mobile knew some of these sites had capacity issues, and are now doing something about it when they do their 5G upgrades. Another example of this is eNB 40988, a former 2/12/66 tower with no splits, and now it has all licensed bands, and B66 is now split on it. I would assume B2 is also, but I didn't check when I passed by. Former view of the site, compared to the current view below:
    2 points
  20. what is this called and who do you think it is for? surely this cant be considered a "small cell" as its the size of some humans. wouldnt surprise me if its tomobile. right in this section there is a thousand or so feet of road where tmobile absolutely drops out and at least for me, I get put on to sprint band 25. very heavily traveled area too. one of the only areas i have found where i roam over on to sprint. kind of funny to cause just up the road is a tmobile store.
    2 points
  21. Agreed! Looks like it could be an APXVAALL15_43-U-NA20. Once again, agreed! Here's a similar setup in Williamsburg (eNB 58152). Kinda hard to tell what's going on - maybe these were four-sector sites that were downgraded to three-sector sites once they were upgraded with split-sector antennas? Or perhaps they changed sector azimuth at some point and were too lazy to take down the old sector?
    2 points
  22. Another Verizon C-band site, this time there appears it appears to be connected. eNB 84416
    2 points
  23. Yup! It's one of my favorite changes about the update. The Field Test mode in iOS 15 now shows you QAM, MIMO, and carrier size for NR and the LTE PCC. Should be much better for those of us who like to track network deployments. I just wish that Apple would let apps access that information so that we can do passive cell mapping. That's what I miss most about having an Android phone.
    2 points
  24. Found this. Maybe of interest: https://tmo.report/2021/10/t-mobile-begins-magenta-complete-forced-sprint-account-migration/
    1 point
  25. Another SignalCheck release for the Beta Crew is rolling out now! Fixed the stale location filtering (it didn't work in the last release), adjusted the scale of the graphical signal strength bars (15-35 dB stronger now required to max out), and some internal cleanup. Still not sure what's going on with those Samsung crashes. Please feel free to continue sharing any information you think may be relevant. Hopefully this release will be able to roll out to the public as well (web mapping data will still be limited to the Beta Crew for now). Thanks for all the help!
    1 point
  26. Saw this on top of the convent in Sinsinawa, Wi. At first I thought is was a cell tower now I am not so sure. Any insight appreciated. J
    1 point
  27. It has only been a month since I was last in Boston but this past weekend I went back again and things have marginally improved since September. Thanks to iOS 15 it's now more obvious when I'm connected to n41. I was spotting it in a few more areas than last time. For example, in the South End I never connected to a strong signal of n41 but I did see my phone bouncing between 1-2 bars of n41 and full signal on n71. Speeds on 1 bar of n41 were around 40Mbps in my testing. T-Mobile coverage map is starting to be a bit more accurate I guess. Separately, most of Boston College's Main Campus is covered by a site on top of 2000 Commonwealth Ave. A month ago I was getting speeds of 40-50Mbps on campus but sometime in the past month T-Mobile fully upgraded the site. Yesterday during the commencement celebration for the class of 2020 I was getting nearly 700Mbps outdoors despite thousands of guests being on campus in addition to the thousands of on campus students and faculty. Even LTE was great at 190Mbps. Inside Conte Forum where the event was held, my phone dropped down to n71 and speeds remained consistently high at around 80-100Mbps. 5G and LTE speed test: T-Mobile didn't bother painting the antennas post-upgrade: There's still one other stealth site in Newton that covers part of Boston College's Upper Campus that hasn't been upgraded yet. It's still LTE only and has typical 30-40Mbps performance. I haven't seen any permits submitted for that site though so I'm not certain when it'll get upgraded.
    1 point
  28. Security update is out October 1, 2021 (SM-N981U)
    1 point
  29. Ah, thank you! I also haven't seen new 2HH-38A-R4-V2 deployments in either. The deployment of the AIR3246 lines up with most of the new B66-only eNBs I have seen on Cellmapper. Seems like some of the towers have the panel running with split-sector active, and some don't.
    1 point
  30. Looks like T-Mobile is planning to deploy on a few sites along OR-126. https://maprad.io/us/search/licence/WROE619?source=US
    1 point
  31. While that would be nice, it’s slowed down deployment in certain residential areas around Seattle where wooden utility poles are the only/best option today. In some cases, they’ve gone with lower masts on small grocery stores which really aren’t ideal (due to much higher clutter loss).
    1 point
  32. I live in Lake City FL and they have L41 and N41 active on the watertower site down town. I was able to get similar speeds 1.5 miles from the site when I had clear line of sight to the site. Also they recently got permits to add N41 to several more sites. Also they just got the first permit that I have seen in the area to convert a current Sprint only site to T-Mobile. The plan details are here https://webportal.columbiacountyfla.com/AlfrescoDownload.aspx?Site=BuildingAndZoning/BuildingPermits&NodeRef=6abd2930-76bb-458c-b7e3-fa71dc841a10
    1 point
  33. Downloading a new update now, but it says it's still at the Sept security patch level. The description says overall stability of device has improved, along with security. The last 4 of the version is AUIL
    1 point
  34. Nice find!! Seeing a secondary B41 carrier on at least a few sites in Williamsburg, I'll see if I can't map it. Dropped down to LTE to do some testing, and it is still SLOW. Very glad I upgraded to a 5G phone. At 5:30PM on a Friday: 2x B41: 29.7/1.70 B2/B66/B12: 11.2/0.95 n41/B2/.B66: 149/8 (I can generally pull upwards of 300/40 on off hours) This is on a site with an AIR3246 per sector.
    1 point
  35. Another Deal: It's like they're doing everything that's not an annual iPhone upgrade program like we had with Sprint....
    1 point
  36. I thought there was supposed to be one last upgrade. I think people saud it was best to do it online as reps were usually unaware.
    1 point
  37. I was paying for the same thing on android with Samsung... Samsung forever or whatever it was called... but I found out when I tried to get that upgraded new note last year that they weren't doing that. Even though it was still on my bill every month. I paid 11 months into it and got nothing.
    1 point
  38. Dish moving into the Black Hills of South Dakota.......have seen 3 permits so far. Also, their are 5 NB-IOT sites that were put in back in 2019 that were basically part of a spectrum hold promise. I assume these sites will be transitioned as well.
    1 point
  39. Updates on MULTOCN. Went to Rennfest this weekend, and can report on it a bit. Contrary to what I had read, it prefers T-Mobile a lot rather than evenly splitting T-Mobile and Sprint, though 312250 sites appear as frequently (when available) as T-Mobile sites. However, when I was actually at Rennfest, where the service was bogged down, it did try to load balance over to Sprint sites. Neither T-Mobile nor Sprint was functioning with more than a trickle of data, so it bounced back and forth draining the battery without much to show for it. On Saturday I'll be in Shentel land again, and we'll see how it does there. - Trip
    1 point
  40. Another hour chat this evening but my lines are finally on MULTOCN. I actually had to argue with the person on the chat who didn't seem to know what it did and thought it would have no benefit for me. That was after she suggested it required a T-Mobile SIM and I had to show her that one of my lines already had it with a Sprint SIM... - Trip
    1 point
  41. Agreed - that is what I do too - lock to band 71.
    1 point
  42. So in my experience, the crazy band hopping and frequent / brief "no data" episodes seem to be a market thing. I spend most of my time in my home area in Fairfield County, CT, but I have an office in Manhattan where I go a few times a month. I don't have a lot of time to use my phone when I'm in my city office, but I have never noticed the two (2) fundamental problems that I experience in CT all the time. For instance, in using the NY Times app, in CT I get "device offline, try again" many times a day, but I have never seen that while using it in NYC. My overall simplistic take on this is that they rush to add 5G all over the country, but that is step 1. Step 2 is to optimize it (logic on band selection, making sure there is appropriate backhaul, etc.). I feel that they prioritize step 2 in the major cities but the suburbs and other areas have to wait until they get to it. Would love to hear more about what is really happening. I miss the good old days of Sprint tri-band LTE working for me like it was supposed to: 2500 while out on the street, changing to 1900 in a building at the perimeter and changing to 800 while deep inside a building in a windowless office or a basement.
    1 point
  43. Starting to see more and more mentions of n25and n66 in local permits:
    1 point
  44. There are areas where I know T-Mobile underperforms in NYC but generally my speeds are more than sufficient and I don't encounter issues with using my phone. The only thing that worries me is that there are some areas where my phone will roam on Sprint's network to make up for T-Mobile's poorer performing network and I'm afraid that T-Mobile may just decommission those Sprint sites without integrating it into their own network, despite the enormous benefit integrating those sites would make.
    1 point
  45. Ooooo, Vo5Geez It drives me insane how WiFi-calling always reverts to "cellular preferred" and then I miss every. damn. call. when I'm at work until I switch it back over to "WiFi preferred". Apparently it's the network forcing this as it happens on many phones, not just the S21 line. Just an eternal frustration!!
    1 point
  46. Restart your phone after enabling it, works great this is apparently the one you 3.1.1 update without the version number change huge 1.2GB update.
    1 point
  47. That’s awesome - I didn’t know T-Mobile was using this equipment. Here’s a bit about fast roll off for anyone interested: https://imgur.com/a/Hu73NAb
    1 point
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