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  1. T-Mobile will still have vastly more mid-band spectrum on average nationwide compared to Verizon and AT&T post-auction. That's in addition to having the device ecosystem and site hardware already deployed and ever expanding. Assuming Verizon or AT&T deploys C-band at the same pace that T-Mobile is deploying BRS/EBS currently, they'll still be at least 100 Million POPs behind T-Mobile by year end in addition to having less capacity than T-Mobile.
  2. In Verizon's most recent network update they say this about their 5G home service "It’s super fast, with max download speeds of up to 1 Gbps, depending on location, with typical download speeds of 300 Mbps." https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-2021-more-5g Suddenly T-Mobile comparing their midband to Verizon's mmWave makes a lot more sense.
  3. It's already on in some areas but it's not nationwide like n71. It probably won't be any time soon though. The main reason why SA n71 arrived so fast is because T-Mobile's choice to only deploy spectrum as needed came back to bite them. Currently T-Mobile's anchor bands for 5G are 2/4/66. In many rural areas, the only bands T-Mobile has available on their sites are Band 12 and Band 71 because they were deploying for coverage first and capacity second. This meant that if they didn't enable SA 5G they would have a bunch of sites that have perfectly capable 5G antennas and that are actually
  4. T-Mobile has the coverage lead right now and I think they're gonna milk that for as long as possible, especially since they've found a way to market their mid-band network against AT&T and Verizon's mmWave networks. I would expect updates every once in a while to rub it in. It's interesting that you pointed out that they didn't say 200 million covered in this announcement but instead said "nationwide". One thing that's for certain is that it's a lot harder to get to 200 million covered than it is to get to 100 million. Covering the top 15 metro areas covers 108 Million. They'd need to
  5. 6Mbps is definitely out of the norm. Even on the horrible Band 4/66 oDAS that they have in my neighborhood I'm able to pull speeds in the teens at peak hours. Are you only connecting to Band 2? The sites around 3rd Ave and Tremont in the Bronx all have Band 2/4/66/12/71 and there's at least one site with Band 41 according to Cellmapper.. I would expect much better performance than that. Maybe you should try a network settings reset or something like that.
  6. Couple of updates about T-Mobile's network in the areas I've been recently. Crown Heights, Brooklyn: In northern Crown Heights a bunch of sites that missed out on n41 upgrades in late October/early November have recently received upgrades to include both n41 and n71. n41 coverage is now contiguous enough that you can travel across virtually the entirety of northern Crown Heights without dropping out of midband coverage now. DUMBO, Brooklyn: T-Mobile still hasn't upgraded any of the sites in DUMBO. The area is almost entirely LTE only except for if you're near the waterfront where you'll
  7. Hey! Unfortunately I don't know if there's any way on OnePlus devices to view 5G information without rooting it. The best you can do is use an app like Cellmapper or SignalCheck Pro which would show you exactly when you're connected to 5G but they don't report what 5G band it is unless your phone is connected to SA 5G.
  8. The same thing happened in NYC but T-Mobile is a bit more spectrum constrained on BRS/EBS here so Band 41 was reduced from three carriers to two carriers and at the same time n41 was increased from 40MHz to 60MHz to prevent the NR carrier from overlapping with the LTE carrier.
  9. The day is finally here it looks like. T-Mobile officially did the swap and made n41 60MHz across NYC and reduced Sprint's Band 41 to 40MHz. Upload speeds while connected to n41 have gone up significantly for me. I'm now getting up to 95Mbps up in my house. According to OP it looks like in parts of the outer boroughs, post-Sprint Band 41 shutdown they'll be able to expand to 100MHz. 100MHz of n41 is the GSMA's recommendation for mid-band 5G. At that point we'd likely be able to get multi-gigabit speeds. Wherever they can't get a contiguous 100MHz they might try to buy CBRS to a
  10. I'm thinking that it's mostly late-clearing because they're in no rush to deploy the spectrum. What it does say to me is that between Verizon and AT&T bidding heavily for the 100MHz of early-clearing spectrum and Comcast spending even more than Verizon on (if I'm correct) mostly late clearing spectrum, Verizon isn't likely having the runaway auction that many anticipated. I'm still expecting 100MHz nationwide on average but probably not many markets over that amount. I'm also curious to know what markets T-Mobile purchase C-band in. I'm hoping one of them is NYC as our BRS/EBS spectru
  11. It's being estimated that T-Mobile has spent $4 Billion on C-band so far. I'm most surprised to see that Dish hasn't spent more. While I'm not surprised that Comcast and Charter have spent a ton I didn't expect them to spend more than Verizon. I wonder what they plan to do with all of this spectrum that they're hoarding.
  12. At that point I don’t understand why they don’t just shut off HSPA+ nationwide and just go fully GSM/LTE only. There are plenty of markets where they’re still running it when that extra spectrum could boost LTE capacity.
  13. Did a lot of driving (but sadly no mapping) today in NYC, Long Island, and up to Woodbury. Brooklyn to Westbury: 5G 98% of the time. About two small drops along the Northern State and one drop in Brooklyn near the intersection of Fulton and Eastern Parkway. Westbury to Woodbury: 5G about 60% of the time. Driving through Long Island, Queens, and the Bronx I rarely left 5G coverage but once I got north of the Bronx I found myself dropping to LTE a lot more frequently. Sometimes it was simply because T-Mobile didn't have n71 on the site and other times it was because signal strength was
  14. Interesting choice by T-Mobile to unite mmWave and mid-band 5G under a single name. It seems like they're doing so specifically to counteract Verizon's marketing message around mmWave. Verizon emphasizes UWB as high capacity and super high speed and now it seems like T-Mobile is saying the same for n41 with the added bonus of greater coverage. The only thing that worries me about this is that it seems like T-Mobile may be using this new name to de-emphasize their own mmWave network. It's not like T-Mobile doesn't have the spectrum, they just don't want to deploy it.
  15. Does anyone know what that big panel with the split in it is on this T-Mobile site?
  16. I haven't been to Borough Park in a while but I know that the neighborhoods nearby like Flatbush, Kensington, and Prospect Park South all have n41 on a bunch of sites. At the very least n71 should be mostly built out by now so I would expect contiguous 5G coverage there. Unfortunately there's no way for us to track n41 deployment yet besides using cellmapper.net and even then, we can only track sites where T-Mobile turned Band 41 on. I do see a bunch of split eNBs for Band 71 in Borough Park though which means T-Mobile has likely touched those sites recently. At the very least they got m
  17. The evolution of BRS/EBS on Sprint/T-Mobile. The first speed test is one I did on "Sprint Spark" 6 years ago, the second is on "LTE Plus" about 3 years ago, and the last test is my new personal best on my home site on n41.
  18. I've been looking at Cellmapper and I've noticed that T-Mobile is starting to fix those split eNB IDs in parts of Crown Heights. Some sites are now showing Band 71/Band 12 with the same eNB ID as Band 2/4/66 again.
  19. I had the same experience at the mall at first. Data would't load on 5G at all. In fact my first few speed tests wouldn't get more than 1Mbps so I assumed something was wrong. I ended up doing an airplane mode cycle and switching my phone to LTE-only mode and back to 5G mode before I was able to use 5G data. I don't know if it's a technical issue with the sites in the area or if their 5G network is already oversold given all of the big box stores around there.
  20. T-Mobile LTE vs 5G inside Roosevelt Field Mall. This was one of the few times I've experienced significantly better performance on LTE compared to 5G. I wish I had the same level of insight into what bands I was connected to like I did on my Samsung device because then I'd be able to determine why exactly speeds were so much faster on LTE compared to 5G (which I'm assuming is n71). Any guesses? I know @mirskyc said that Band 71 is 10x10 vs n71 which is 5x5 in Long Island but that shouldn't translate to ~4.7x faster speeds on LTE compared to 5G. Edit: I also wanted to note than o
  21. T-Mobile's mmWave network is impressive in that it's still the largest mmWave network in NYC despite them pretty much not working on it at all for over a year however, speeds on mmWave in my experience are always slower than midband. It's not like T-Mobile lacks the spectrum to provide Verizon-like mmWave speeds. They got 400MHz of 39GHz spectrum in Auction 103 back in December 2019. In spite of that they insist on using the 50MHz + 50MHz of 28GHz. I don't know why they don't just overlay their macro footprint again with n260 antennas like they did before and provide those gigabit speeds
  22. You can get a Samsung A51 5G for $400. I'd recommend that over a Revvl 5G. With the Samsung phone you can use dialer codes to view the amount of spectrum that's being used and what bands are being aggregated. It's much better for tracking network deployments.
  23. I don't know if it's T-Mobile upgrading sites or if its just the iPhone having a great radio but 5G coverage is now near contiguous throughout most of northern/northeastern Brooklyn. There are still areas in my own neighborhood where I'll drop down to 1 bar of 5G and I've even dropped down to LTE in Brooklyn Heights recently but for the most part 5G coverage and performance is finally at the point where it's comparable to Sprint's pre-merger 5G network (in the areas I've tested). I've also noticed that as of the most recent update on the iPhone it won't show a 5G icon if 5G isn't availabl
  24. That''s really weird. It was my understanding that all Band 71 sites are n71 capable. Maybe T-Mobile feels that they don't have sufficient backhaul to turn on 5G on the site? Though I don't see why that would stop them since it would still improve network performance for everyone if it is live. While I haven't seen a site like this in person I have seen on T-Mobile's "Personal Coverage Map" that there are some areas that have 600MHz LTE but don't have 5G service at all.
  25. Another update. My mom purchased an iPhone 12 Pro Max on Verizon today. At my house, she has between 1-2 bars of n5 and speeds have ranged from 60-100Mbps so far. One thing I've noticed is that DSS seems to provide very inconsistent speeds. The same speed test in one spot gives me wildly varying results.
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