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Everything posted by Paynefanbro

  1. I was just taking look at the permits for Greenville, NC and noticed that T-Mobile has a ton of approved permits for antenna upgrades to virtually all of their sites in the city. Almost all of T-Mobile's permits call for upgrading the existing backhaul on all of the sites that they're upgrading from coax to HFC. Sadly there are no diagrams to see what antennas are being put up but most of the permits reference replacing and adding RRUs, replacing existing antennas, and adding new antennas which is good news.
  2. In NYC, a setup like this with 4 antennas is a lot more common. No idea why they leave behind the legacy antenna behind.
  3. Someone posted a photo of another site in Brooklyn that seems to have been upgraded recently with the same setup as I was describing. I can't tell if they're doing this because the rack size itself is pretty small and seems to only fit the 3 antennas or if it's indicative of a growing trend. Personally, if I were T-Mobile I would just set up all of my sites like this.
  4. Seems like CBRS will be to Verizon what LAA is for T-Mobile in some areas. The difference is that LAA range is abysmal. It's usually worse than mmWave. However, thanks to there already being a mature ecosystem of n41 and LAA capable devices, T-Mobile is able to take advantage of all of the spectrum they have deployed here. In NYC we have seen T-Mobile aggregate 60MHz n41 + 20MHz Band 66 + 20MHz Band 2 + (20MHz x 3) Band 46.
  5. I was in Greenpoint and LIC on Friday and was saying to myself that I hope T-Mobile keeps that site right by the creek. It's a shame that that doesn't seem to be the case. With all of the new buildings going up near the waterfront, T-Mobile has virtually one site (eNB 45653) to cover all of the high-rises along the Long Island City waterfront and one site (eNB 42891) to barely cover Greenpoint Landing (which when complete will add 5,500 new units to the neighborhood). That's not good. T-Mobile needs to be a lot more proactive about building new sites in rapidly developing neighborhoods. F
  6. eNB 41959 at the corner of Nostrand and Jefferson Ave in Bed-Stuy was upgraded and now has Band 71 and Band 41. What separates it from other upgrades though is that T-Mobile completely removed all legacy equipment from it. It has one Ericsson Band/n41 antenna and two of those multi-band antennas that T-Mobile has been putting on every upgraded site in NYC lately. It's a really clean set up. I'll try to go to it to take photos sometime this week.
  7. Just visited the site and I can't see that anything was changed from before. Maybe they were doing some maintenance to it or made a less visible upgrade, something like changing one of the RRU's.
  8. Just saw a crew working on eNB 40400 in Brooklyn. The site already had n41 so I wonder what work they’re doing?
  9. Had to pick up a family member at JFK today and was surprised at how good speeds were. Not every site has 5G enabled yet but on those that do, T-Mobile's network performance was more than satisfactory. I waited in the Western Cell Phone Lot and I believe that T-Mobile has some sort of DAS system there because my phone indicated LTE in the status bar which it really only does when I'm extremely close to a small cell or out of 5G coverage completely. Cycling airplane mode would put me on a strong 5G signal but I would get bumped back down to LTE within 30 seconds. These are my speeds in the
  10. n41 in Paramus, NJ. Upload speeds are lower than what I typically see in NYC which makes me think that the 20MHz PCS upgrade hasn't happened in Northern Jersey just yet.
  11. T-Mobile seems to have activated 5G roaming with U.S. Cellular
  12. Verizon starts C-Band equipment deployment https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-starts-c-band-equipment-deployment I'm really interested in seeing if Verizon will continue to try to up-sell their customers by preventing them from using C-band unless they're on one of their more expensive plans that includes access to Ultra Wideband 5G. It would be great for preserving capacity but would suck for their customers.
  13. Verizon has definitely been vocal about what they believe are the benefits of C-band vs BRS/EBS and I'm glad that Neville took the time to break down each of Verizon's talking points and provide an alternative analysis. I mentioned before that Verizon absolutely needs investors to be confident in their purchase of C-band spectrum because they spent a lot of money to catch up to T-Mobile. The best way to do that was to make BRS/EBS seems like worse spectrum. T-Mobile putting this out just before Verizon's earnings is definitely a calculated decision to undermine the value of C-band and and
  14. Awesome NR aggregation! That site usually has very spotty speeds. Sometimes I connect and get over 300Mbps and other times I connect and it struggles to go over 100Mbps. So the speeds you got given that you were a few blocks away are pretty impressive. Were pings noticeably lower?
  15. mmWave + LAA site in Prospect Heights finally got n41. eNB 41047 if anyone wants to map it on Cellmapper or try to get over 1 Gbps on it.
  16. Are they using DSS for n66 or are they repurposing spectrum so that their LTE carrier is smaller at the expense of 5G?
  17. Yeah same experience here. There are no DAS nodes in any of the tunnels besides the tunnel under the East River between Bedford and 1st Ave on the L train. Maybe in between stations that are super close together like Beverly Road and Cortelyou Road on the Q you can hold onto signal between stations since they're literally a block away from one another. But in between most other stations I drop out of service on both T-Mobile and Verizon.
  18. Is n2 Verizon's primary NR band in NYC? I've been confirming a bunch of Verizon sites on Cellmapper and I noticed that there aren't that many sites with Band 5 on them but pretty nearly every site has Band 2. I've also noticed that there are a ton of Verizon sites that haven't been upgraded in what seems like years. They still have those smoky yellow antennas on them. They're probably going to upgrade them and put CBRS, C-band, and Band 5/n5 antennas on them at the same time later this year. Some will probably get mmWave antennas too.
  19. Wow that’s awesome! In a matter of weeks they went from 60-100 MHz. Patiently waiting for that in Brooklyn T-Mobile really need to get around to increasing backhaul substantially though because I’m getting similar speeds at 60MHz here.
  20. Just watched the webcast. Some cool stuff in it: Great Free 5G Upgrade: T-Mobile is giving everyone a free 5G smartphone. Trade in your existing mobile phone, and T-Mobile will give you a brand-spanking-new, Samsung Galaxy A32 5G smartphone for free, exclusive to T-Mobile postpaid customers. This offer applies to new and existing customers, and ANY (literally any) old phone in working condition. Great Unlimited Trade-Up: People with limited data plans on Verizon and AT&T can trade up to both unlimited data and full access to T-Mobile’s expansive 5G network all at the same o
  21. Fastest LTE speeds I've ever received on T-Mobile. This was taken indoors about half a block away from eNB ID 43383 in Gowanus. A 5G speed test in the same spot was actually slower at around 380-400Mbps. Also seeing much faster speeds in my home on LTE. I'm consistently getting ~270Mbps down and 55Mbps up inside my house. I'm unable to confirm if my site is using 20MHz of PCS but I don't know if that alone can account for speeds these high. There must be some sort of backhaul upgrade.
  22. Funnily enough certain speed test apps are whitelisted on T-Mobile plans. T-Mobile is reporting that I've only used 469.8MB of data this billing period but I've also used 21GB on the Speedtest.net app in the same billing period. A single speedtest in my area uses around 900MB-1GB of data.
  23. Verizon will say anything to attempt to explain their way out of why they won't be doing any macro densification for C-band, just as any other carrier would in their position. The long and short of it is that everyone, including their own investors, believes that Verizon needs to densify but they don't want to spend the money to do so the requisite macro densification after spending so much on spectrum alone. They're trying to make BRS/EBS seem like it's worse spectrum to back up their claim but virtually everyone (including T-Mobile aka the only carrier that owns both C-band and BRS
  24. I always thought it was smarter for T-Mobile to partner with one of the existing streaming services instead of trying to create their own. I'm glad they chose YouTube TV since I already use it and it integrates well with Google Home and the Chromecast with Google TV if you're in that ecosystem. Also pretty beneficial for both Google and T-Mobile since it could potentially draw customers to both services.
  25. I never anticipated that T-Mobile would cannibalize Sprint's network as fast as they have. This time last year, Sprint's LTE and 5G network consisted of: Band 26: 5MHz Band 25: 10MHz + 5MHz Band 41: 20MHz+20MHz+20MHz n41: 40MHz Now it's: Band 26: 5MHz Band 25: 5MHz Band 41: 20MHz + 20MHz n41: — With parts of Long Island going to 80MHz, I wouldn't be surprised if in the coming weeks we see Band 41 reduced to a single 20MHz carrier (excluding the separate 10-20MHz that's on small cells) so that T-Mobile can expand to 80MHz here. I kinda feel bad for people wh
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