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  1. It's been about 18 months since I left Sprint and about half a year since someone last posted in this thread. Any improvements in the lower Central Valley? Fresno covered with B41? B26 in Tulare County? LTE coverage improvements/new towers?
  2. Yeah this is concerning; is this confirmed and is there a reason to this? I'm mostly concerned because I've noticed when band 41 gets (really) congested, ping times and uplink suffer, so I imagine this would have negative consequences if VoLTE isn't prioritized.
  3. Has anyone checked to see if the Mobilitie sites are up in Visalia? AntennaSearch.com shows the following from 2016: http://www.antennasearch.com/sitestart.asp?sourcepagename=antennachecktowerreview&getpagename=pgtowerdetail_faa&cmdrequest=getpage&ipos=4&faa_study_number=2016-AWP-6966-OE http://www.antennasearch.com/sitestart.asp?sourcepagename=antennachecktowerreview&getpagename=pgtowerdetail_faa&cmdrequest=getpage&ipos=6&faa_study_number=2016-AWP-6981-OE http://www.antennasearch.com/sitestart.asp?sourcepagename=antennachecktowerreview&getpagename=pgtowerdetail_faa&cmdrequest=getpage&ipos=7&faa_study_number=2016-AWP-6964-OE http://www.antennasearch.com/sitestart.asp?sourcepagename=antennachecktowerreview&getpagename=pgtowerdetail_faa&cmdrequest=getpage&ipos=12&faa_study_number=2016-AWP-6984-OE http://www.antennasearch.com/sitestart.asp?sourcepagename=antennachecktowerreview&getpagename=pgtowerdetail_faa&cmdrequest=getpage&ipos=14&faa_study_number=2016-AWP-6982-OE They vary from 43 to 120 feet in height. This last one seems to be an old one from 2007. http://www.antennasearch.com/sitestart.asp?sourcepagename=antennachecktowerreview&getpagename=pgtowerdetail_faa&cmdrequest=getpage&ipos=7&faa_study_number=2007-AWP-1752-OE
  4. Seems like I missed these articles. Back in November it was reported that Mobilitie tried to build seven tall towers in Fresno/Clovis. http://wirelessestimator.com/articles/2016/officials-feel-mobilitie-is-disingenuous-as-moratoriums-mount-throughout-the-nation/ https://insidetowers.com/cell-tower-news-fresno-county-drops-45-day-moratorium-mobilitie-rollout/ http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article116012318.html
  5. Darn. I was hoping it was Sprint and not a fixed wireless Internet provider. The county's office of education also has WiMax "panels" (if you can call them that) on this tower - they're tiny and mounted right below Verizon's top rack. Click the photo to find them. They provide cheap wireless access to students' homes using that. I just checked using AntennaSearch and it seems Unwired Broadband is on the nearby water tower with T-Mobile, so I doubt it's them, either.
  6. Need your assistance. Found some new panels installed sometime in the last two weeks. Bottom rack on this photo. Top rack is Verizon. T-Mobile has a fully modernized tower with 700MHz about a block away. AT&T and Sprint are the only carriers without a tower in Armona. Is this Sprint? http://imgur.com/a/NPPgz
  7. This is great to see. Should really help them out in some of their congested markets like Chicago. So the S7, S7 Edge, and I assume Note 7 will go from 150 to 400 Mbps on 20x20 band 4 LTE. It's also nice to see that all their LTE cell sites will support 256 QAM by end of October.
  8. Propagation depends on the primary band since all upload is currently done on it, and uplink (communication from the phone to the tower) is the weakest link. So if B12 is primary, you get low band signal strength but comparatively slower upload speeds. If B4 is the primary, you get B4 propagation but fast upload speeds. Ideally the network should decide which is best for you, since you don't want to load everyone on B12 otherwise upload speeds will be terrible for all B12 users. A nice advantage is that having B12 as primary can extend B4 propagation since B4 as secondary is only using downlink (communication from the tower to the phone) and the tower obviously transmits a much more powerful signal.
  9. With plenty of 2/3xCA devices, expansion of band 41 small cells, additions of 2xCA to ex-Huawei sites, more band 26 markets, and second band 25 carrier, 2017 is going to be a good year for Sprint's data speeds.
  10. Milan just published an article saying that Sprint's LG G5 and HTC M9 do support 3xCA. http://cellularinsights.com/making-sense-of-sprints-announcement-of-3-way-carrier-aggregation-on-lg-g5/
  11. Since the NYC market has had several small cells installed, I'll ask here. Are small cells mostly being installed in areas with poor LTE coverage or in areas that needed more data capacity?
  12. Sprint is up to something in Hanford. Past half year it was common to have 1Mbps speed tests (even the SpeedSmart app reported that the average local download speed within 10 miles in past 14 days was 1.X Mbps). This afternoon at 5pm I did a speed test at Home Depot and got the following. Even more impressive, that was on 5x5 band 25. Even during school hours (I live in an area covered by the same sector as the high school) I rarely/ever? go below 3 Mbps anymore.
  13. This. Basically, Sprint has to deploy enough small cells to cover any LTE coverage gaps to match 3G/1X coverage. There's no fallback with VoLTE and CDMA, so if LTE drops, your call would drop. At a time when their calling reliability is at an all time high with 1X Advanced, they would not want to hurt those numbers. Even with 800MHz LTE in my area, it's still no match for CDMA. Sure it can match/beat EVDO, but not CDMA. If Sprint does release VoLTE early, I'm sure it'll be opt in. Then people could choose between less reliable VoLTE (with simultaneous voice/data) or more reliable CDMA HD calling.
  14. Any noticeable performance/coverage difference compared to previous? Can these do two or three carriers?
  15. http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/sprint-demonstrates-whats-next-for-lte-plus-with-three-channel-carrier-aggregation-reaching-295-mbps-on-htc-10.htm Is it waiting for an OTA update to enable it?
  16. LG G3 doesn't support carrier aggregation, so it'll connect to one 20MHz carrier - ideally the fastest one available. So the max it can do is around 80 Mbps, but that would be really rare. Would require tower to not be used. So ideally, if you were using a phone that supports 3xCA, you'd be getting around 100 Mbps, depending on the bandwidth load of the other two 20MHz carriers. LG G4 can do 20+20 carrier aggregation and LG G5 can do 20+20+20 carrier aggregation.
  17. So I was looking over approved carrier aggregation combinations at the following site: http://niviuk.free.fr/lte_ca_band.php And saw band 25+26, 25+41, and 26+41. I remembered a while back Sprint mentioned it was working on getting TD and FD LTE to play nice with each other for CA. Does this mean we'll soon see 25/26+41 CA in the real world? I also noticed band 25+25 CA: I guess my question is, do you think we'll notice any CA involving 25/26? Would be cool to see CA slightly increase the range of band 41 by using 25/26 as the uplink.
  18. Great to hear that band 41 8T8R is 4x4 MIMO ready. For 800MHz, do you mean size restrictions at the tower or the device? If at the tower, can they just add an additional panel?
  19. Wow! Talk about endless capacity. Rent must be cheap for those poles, then. I was thinking they were going to blast them to somewhat replicate needed band 41 macros to minimize rent costs - but that works for me, too!
  20. That's good to know. I was only concerned because the person on Reddit said they saw four of these in a three block area, which seems excessive in a town under 20k.
  21. I noticed these were named small cells vs Nokia mini macros. Do these provide less coverage than the Nokia?
  22. What phone models are they?
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