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Everything posted by dkyeager

  1. I see DOJ as asking for more concessions. If they just deny it, they risk Trump overruling them. More concessions can be equated to being better negotiators to some people. The FCC Chair laid out valid political reasons for approval for this administration. This allows the FCC to take any heat over the next few weeks, which DOJ can in some way address in concessions if desired. The only other constituency that may matter is any state Attorney General, and I am not certain what they can really do to a national firm, which presumably fails under interstate commerce. Still worth not having them as enemies if reasonable.
  2. The early public plans indicated a market by market approach, which would be typical.
  3. What we have now is the broad brush outline of a deal. DOJ could add more conditions. I expect the new T-Mobile to have to divest some spectrum in some counties, which they will likely used to trade with AT&T and Verizon to consolidate their spectrum. I expect focus will shift to 5g with its much larger channel sizes over more CA options for 4g. The duo have been installing 5g capable equipment for a while now according to my sources. So in a converted market you could end up with 20x20 of4g b25, another 4g B25 carrier, and 20x20 of 5g B25 as soon as needed. The push will be to get everyone on 5g phones.
  4. CDMA will be sunsetted as quickly as possible. 1x800 will likely be Sprint's CDMAs last stand. Sprint does have many phones that have GSM, but they will need FCC testing first for use in the USA iirc, then firmware upgrades. Might be cheaper and/or better for T-Mobile just to offer discounts on new phones.
  5. The question is what will New T-Mobile have to pay (in cash or spectrum).
  6. That was early in the process. They kept far more in the Metro PCS merger than planned. I think it will depend on markets. Sprint weak market sites will mostly be shut down IMO. More successful Sprint markets will retain more sites. Same with T-Mobile markets that are already over capacity.
  7. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/20/fcc-will-not-formally-approve-t-mobile-sprint-merger-on-monday-because-it-must-still-draft-order-reuters.html Getting closer. Not final until it is final.
  8. My prediction has been that rootmetrics will adjust the upload/download ration used for the ranks to the typical user needs (like PCmag.com) once 5G becomes more available with other carriers.
  9. Post pictures. Triangulate by getting three sectors. Switch phone to CDMA may also help if 1x800 is active, which might give the GPS for the actual site.
  10. Four launch cities: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Kansas next round a few weeks later: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
  11. The other three do have it, although it is Overland Park more than Kansas City.
  12. Chicago - fail. Will check Atlanta, Dallas and Kansas City.
  13. I see the 5G icon, but zooming into Chicago loop or Washington DC on the mall only shows 4G, even with the v50 selected.
  14. Fiercewireless boost the credibility a lot.
  15. https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/t-mobile-sprint-consider-concessions-report rules out spectrum sales.
  16. It could just be limited to locked in rates and service levels.
  17. The first question is how reliable is the source? Most of these rumors will have some basis in truth. Does it include spectrum sales? At this stage I am inclined to believe most of the time is being spent on network and customer facing issues. How many sites an where must the be retained? Which counties will require spectrum sales? How are CDMA only customers and areas handled, including building interiors? How are phone upgrades handled? What about billing plans and cutovers? etc.
  18. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-13/t-mobile-sprint-are-said-to-consider-concessions-to-save-merger?srnd=premium Separate out some of the prepaid.
  19. It is very particular. My guess is T-Mobile would have to say no to conditions of approval put forth by DOJ and FCC and Sprint would need to meet credit, and possible financial and customer requirements. It is for $600 Million.
  20. I have had the same debate with various network engineers from various carriers about Sprint in my area. T-Mobile ranks better yet has about the same number of macro sites. Much fewer if you count b41 only macro sites (former Clear). They also have almost no small cells. Sprint has far more small cells than AT&T, yet maybe half the number of Verizon. The primary conclusion is lack of proper backhaul. CapEX pays for some fancy site equipment, but backhaul comes out of the operating budget. Lack of low band capacity is another especially for interior use, which would be solved by more tribanding of former Clear sites, yet that is moving quite slowly. If there was more consistency in site deployments, I figure the network would be easier to manage / optimize. There is a tremendous mix of network technologies in play in the traditional metro area: B25 - a few 5x5, then mostly 10x10, 5x5+10x10, 15x15 then various mixtures of 256 QAM and 4x4 MIMO, and 4 or more sectors at some sites, B26 - 5x5, 3x3, some with 4 port RRUs plus a few multiple sector sites, B41 - low 1 carrier and 2 carrier small cells , B41 2 CA 2x2 MIMO Mini Macro sites (mostly former Clear), 8T8R sites with 3 CA and up to 4x4 MIMO, a few of these with 5 carriers, a few Massive MIMO sites. Blessed to have all these, but plenty of places for problems to hide. Likely boils down to limited resources. When you go to rural sites, the opposite is often true: Sprint sites are very consistent while the other carriers have plenty of ground mounted radios and museum sites. VoLTE at least did force more LTE consistency for the other carriers. I figure this is enough for now.
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