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  1. Regarding these location service issues, I am starting to believe it could be a bug in the Google Play location API. I recently updated it to a newer version; I will roll it back and push out a new beta sometime this week. I have not been able to come up with any other source of the problem. Fingers crossed!
    4 points
  2. I noticed that when I was there in March. Was on an 80Mhz n41 channel but the anchor bands sucked. On the other hand, also recorded my fasted ever speed at 700Mbps on the neighboring site near Evans and Monaco. B25 + 41 + 41 cropping up here in Omaha on the Sprint keep sites. Had never seen that either until now.
    3 points
  3. It kinda just blows my mind that it's been almost a year and a half since start of auction and there still isn't a band designation. Why spend almost a billion dollars (T-Mobile's $873 million plus Sprint's $114 million) if you can't even get around to working something like that out with the 3GPP? I pray there's something going on behind the scenes, but I'm not too hopeful seeing as the only other owner of the band is DISH, haha. I'd be shocked if T-Mobile doesn't keep a strong mmWave presence in lower/mid-Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn with their 5G small-cell rollout. That'
    3 points
  4. Interestingly enough, today I came across a site in Seattle where they did the same thing. Previously, Commscope FFHH-65B-R3 panels were live with quadband; now there's only 1900/2100/2500. My knee jerk reaction is that I don't like this deployment. It makes optimizing handoffs sloppy and complicated. I shot an email to the Seattle network team asking what the logic is - let's see what they say.
    3 points
  5. Ah ha! I've been puzzled about why T-Mobile would be rushing to shut off CDMA when 1X 800 uses spectrum that T-Mobile literally will not be using otherwise, and the answer is, apparently, that it isn't: https://insidetowers.com/cell-tower-news-dish-concerns-over-t-mobile-cdma-sunsets-get-lawmakers-attention/ "The carrier assured Schatz and 12 other senators it plans to shutter its 3G CDMA network by January 1, 2021, but has no date certain for its 2G CDMA shutoff." (Emphasis mine.) That makes much more sense, and would be consistent with turning of EV-DO in PCS and possibly al
    3 points
  6. Nope, I haven't seen any 6488's in a while. Like yourself, I'm more surprised when I see a site without n41 at this point, especially in Brooklyn since it seems like T-Mobile flew through upgrades here. Of course there are still going to be some outliers that probably won't get upgraded for a while like the flagpole site in Canarsie. It only has Band 4 and 12 but I'm certain they're going to find some way to retrofit it to include n41 or make it an n66 site down the line. Hopefully the next phase of upgrades will include T-Mobile replacing their mmWave antennas with ones that support all
    3 points
  7. These setups are becoming increasingly common in downtown areas across the country. Carriers don't want their RAD centers at high elevations in dense areas because that creates a lot of noise between sites. But sometimes, there isn't a short building within the search ring! Here's another example in downtown Milwaukee: https://goo.gl/maps/4qhYwCCGAtZkdDAv5
    2 points
  8. That's super interesting, I hadn't noticed that before. It looks like the vzw antennas are integrated right into the exterior wall of the building. That is super cool. https://www.google.com/maps/@40.6879694,-73.978504,3a,15y,260.61h,127.91t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s6EcJxy751hetyHGJxQTV7A!2e0!5s20201101T000000!7i16384!8i8192
    2 points
  9. In Denver over the weekend and there's a significant amount of n41 here at either 60 or 80 MHz. Catch is, they have 5 MHz channels on B2 and B66 that get aggregsted rather often, and it seems like backhaul could be better (have seen sub 100 Mbps with good signal on 60 MHz in some cases). Also saw B25 (PCS-G) aggregated with B41 (2 CA) for the first time ever, as 312-250; indoors it was either that or 10 MHz n71 plus 2 or 66, while outdoors I could get n41. Been swapping out my Visible SIM every so often but have seen neither mmW nor CBRS yet...nor LTE wider than 10 MHz. n5 is rather easy
    2 points
  10. My best guess is that it's a combination of the correct equipment not being available to support all of T-Mobile's mmWave bands and n41 taking precedence over mmWave deployment nationwide. It'll be interesting to see whether T-Mobile decides to make mmWave a citywide thing like Verizon (that they'll aggregate with n41 for gigabit speeds in more places) or if they'll just deploy it in stadiums, airports, and convention centers. When T-Mobile acquired Metro, they retained pretty much all of their DAS sites. If they retain all of Sprint's small cells, they'd have a small cell network easily
    2 points
  11. That's fair. Very few places around me where I normally travel that AWS/PCS isn't available.
    2 points
  12. Is it just me, or have all the 6488's (original n41 antenna) been replaced? There were 5 or so towers that I knew of, and they have all been replaced with the 6449 antenna. Just curious to know if anyone still sees a 6488 up across the city. I'll admit, I did not expect T-Mobile to move this fast with the upgrade process. Instead of keeping track of which towers have the n41 antenna, its now keeping track of which ones don't, and it seems like by the end of this year 90%, if not all of them, will have it.
    2 points
  13. Found another fully converted Sprint standalone site in STL. It is still broadcasting B25 but not G Block
    2 points
  14. There's also this T-Mobile Band 2/12/66 site on top of someone's townhouse in Manhattan. They put incredibly small antennas on it. https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7269602,-74.0034256,3a,22.2y,308.55h,114.62t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sQRARHoR4nKkXU75qFFdTGQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192
    1 point
  15. eNB ID 84502. It's The Ashland at the corner of Fulton and Ashland Pl. Permit states:
    1 point
  16. For what it's worth, that site will almost certainly get n41 and n71 by the end of this year. It seems that every site that T-Mobile touches gets the full suite of bands except mmWave or LAA. The issue with mmWave in NYC is that it's currently only 100MHz (two aggregated 50MHz carriers). Aggregated with LTE, I've seen some users get peak speeds of over 700Mbps but in my own experience I can only barely get over 500Mbps. I've brought it up a million times before in this thread but T-Mobile has something like 1400MHz of mmWave spectrum in NYC, second only to Verizon. The problem is th
    1 point
  17. I just did TNX in Milwaukee area and so far the places that I had Sprint over T-Mobile due to lack of closer tower I'm still on Sprint, which is good. One thing I noticed is I'm getting N71 NSA (NOT SA) and I was NOT before. I didn't know that TNX was required for that? Or was it just a fluke? I almost thought N41 was added to a couple of towers then realized it was N71 that I hadn't seen before.
    1 point
  18. Spent way too long on a Twitter Space earlier this afternoon and it seems Samsung equipment in particular can do 25+41 or even 25+26 CA. In any event, plenty of n41 around here, as well as 2CA TMo B41. Definitely a few spots where those bands are missing in Louisville, but the setup is drastically better than VZW at least, where they're working with 40x40 total as far as I can tell.
    1 point
  19. That's stand alone 5G, or SA 5G, which yes is something TNA doesn't have. But there's not currently a major benefit for SA 5G unless you consistently spend a lot of time on a fringe B71 signal where SA n71 would make a difference. I have no use for that at the present, n71 is much more usable with the anchor 20x20 AWS band here. Not sure why that would be... RCS has been enabled on Sprint devices for a long time... and I still see sent/delivered/read/typing messages even though I'm on TNA.
    1 point
  20. The old antennas are Nokia FASB RAS antennas which do support 2x2 L700. They also have two midband antenna arrays at 4x4 each. It looks like the site did indeed lose lowband for some reason.
    1 point
  21. For most it’s not an advantage. But to me in a rural area at edge of cell it’s the difference between 5 MHz b71 LTE and 15 MHz n71.
    1 point
  22. You get access to 5G-NR which is not (or was not) available on TNA.
    1 point
  23. The new system is awful, IMO. Not that the old one was fantastic either. https://scout.dcra.dc.gov/login I've not been watching DC for permits, so I can't really say what might be going on there. In Fairfax County, they're filed as "T-Mobile" but I've also been searching by address just in case. I was told by someone in the permitting office that apparently antenna towers do not require antenna permits, but building-mounted antennas do. Of course, if they're doing massive electrical work like running new circuits, that may require a permit from the electrical side of things,
    1 point
  24. After saying I couldn't find any permits updating Sprint/TMo sites in DC, I find a permit for my home site which was issued in January... 1909 19TH ST NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20009 T-Mobile proposes removing (3) antennas and installing (9) antennas at the existing telecommunications facility.
    1 point
  25. Unfortunately, I'm seeing the gaps in the customer experience for TNX and I'm wondering if I should just leave the "T-Mobile Unlimited Freedom Plan with Included Taxes/Fees" behind and bring everything over to a T-Mobile Plan/Account at a certain point for usability and management sake. iOS: The experience on iOS has been fine. When I upgraded my 3 iPhone 12 Pro's it was easy to update the E911 Address for Wi-Fi Calling right on the device. Quick and done. Google Pixel 5: The experience on a Google Pixel 5 on eSIM for Sprint was mediocre. I received conflicting information about whet
    1 point
  26. This one I found particularly interesting. They filed to upgrade the T-Mobile (orange) to n71 and n41 a while back. Then this week, they filed to keep the two surrounding Sprint sites (blue). The T-Mobile one is very tall with a huge footprint, so I understand why they might want to use the Sprint sites, but just very interesting they filed to upgrade it and then decided against it (as best I can tell).
    1 point
  27. Oftentimes they're locked into contracts with their contractors, otherwise they would just cancel the T-Mobile site's upgrade.
    1 point
  28. We have a couple like that in Omaha. It seems that after they permitted the T-Mobile site for upgrades, they decided the Sprint site might be a better fit, but went ahead with the work on the T-Mobile site anyway. All conjecture of course until we see official permits filed on the sites in question. Many of the sites with the keep PLMN here have had permits filed in the last week for conversion.
    1 point
  29. Columbus Sprint conversion site to T-Mobile update: tower hands arrived before sunset and unloaded. Said Sprint stuff will be demoed first, but Microwave and b25 will remain. Will only be adding AWS. Said no n41, 600 or 700. So I took pictures of antennas but not a big pile under tarp. Personally think they are not allowed to admit and 5g equipment. Lots of wackos out there. Checking on the visible antennas, there are three Nokia VBNAEHC-01, which are AirScale MAA 64T64R 192AE B41 320W AEHC (AAEHC) capable of 5g. There will also be larger racks with plenty of room for them to stand on.
    1 point
  30. Rather than upgrade all my lines from Magenta to Max I stayed on Magenta 2.0 and when I need UHD or more HotSpot I just add the $15/mo GoMax AddOn when I need it and remove it when I'm done. That costs me $15 for the month. Rather than taking the $30/mo hit permanently to upgrade the entire account (7 Lines/3 Paid). Since I'm paying for all the lines I don't care if any of the other ones have UHD etc. 🙃
    1 point
  31. 3 more Sprint sites permitted by T-Mobile for conversion in Omaha, NE. That brings us to 5 so far.
    1 point
  32. Talked to the electricians today. They have at least done another site in Columbus. They started first in Cincy and Cleveland. They are also doing the conversion of many of the Sprint co-locations to starry.com WISP. My feeling that the Starry.com conversions were related is now confirmed. They have also done a few greenfield sites. They also used the term "keeper sites" without my using it.
    1 point
  33. Converting of stand alone Sprint sites has begun in Columbus Ohio. Sprint cabinet placed on pallet, metal flooring removed. Concrete poured and set, two new T-Mobile cabinets placed, ice bridge work started. Electricans have been working on the ground even during the last two days of rain. Permit says remove and replace, so 60 Mbps Sprint service likely will rapidly deteriorate soon, but 8/0.25 daytime T-Mobile service should drastically improve.
    1 point
  34. So 1 of 2 things happened (ok probably both). My phone issue bouncing signals, in & out of service etc etc. Was bigger than I thought even a few months ago.. Or they have done work on a tower where I had good signal (low 90s) but couldn't even open maps. It was bad. Today i am in that same area and thought I would run a speed test on my replacement phone (note 20 ultra replacing s20 ultra) Yeah almost 600 down and 50 up.. Something's fixed
    1 point
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