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  1. How much would they really lose? Say you sell Boost Mobile and MetroPCS, they are still going to use your network. They are still going to be paying New-TMobile. :/
  2. This is a load. 5G is not about servicing rural communities. LTE has been able to do this forever. TMobile does not need Sprint and their spectrum to do this. TMobile is as spectrum constrained as VZW. They can compete better because VZW fixed-wireless plans suck. TMobile could start doing full rural buildouts. They could use 5GHz like WISPs use all the time. There is loads of 2.5GHz left in rural markets that TMobile could have and still can be buying/leasing up.
  3. Here is some 900MHz for mobile broadband, maybe just for CI. Would be a 3x3 block at 897.5-900.5 / 936.5-939.6 initially between reallocation of 896-901 / 935-940. If future need warranted, they have the option to add a second 1.4x1.4 channel. This possible 10MHz for LTE would put this in LTE Band 8. https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-356298A1.pdf IIRC Sprint owned 3x3MHz in 900MHz range. What frequencies was that at?
  4. The problem here is New-TMobile will get to charge whatever they want. TMobile and Sprint have been able to do what they have on limited capex. There will be less need to be resourceful, innovative, offer more for less. Sure there is a verbal "promise". Even if the Feds make this verbal promise a binding physical contract, that will expire. Look at the Charter/TWC/BH merger. Feds limited Charter from doing data caps for 8yrs. Guess the first thing they will do once those 8yrs are up. Add data caps and data overages. After the merger, the first thing New-TMobile will do as soon as soon as any contract is up (even if they bother to honor a verbal contract) is raise prices. It always happens and this will be no different. A New-TMobile could easily charge more than VZW/ATT and still be fine even if they stop attracting customers the shareholders will love the increased rates and the stock will still go up. I'd rather have two companies that have some constraints vs three that can get away with whatever they want.
  5. So they could still do three blocks off that, beings that it would be 5MHz blocks instead of 6. It would be just like Lower 700MHz except with 1MHz guards on both sides maybe. Or even like 600MHz, 10/11MHz in the middle of guard band. Looking at it, why does 700L allow for 12x12 as usable DL spectrum between the links, but the 600MHz guard band is just that, guard band.
  6. https://transition.fcc.gov/pshs/docs/T-Band_FactSheet_July2016.pdf Possibly 42MHz added for cellular from 470-512MHz here? Would this be TDD? https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-330A1.pdf After 2024, does this mean that any licenses remaining can be purchased and utilized for cellular? At this time, would Sprint be able to purchases licenses from any PS or CI license holders? This covers 809-815MHz. Not sure if using the expansion band or guard band would be possible (815-817MHz), though that is largely where SoLinc sits now? Do we know if Southern Linc has any intentions to participate in these auctions and widen their license holidings?
  7. And why you don't spend billions of low-band. If Sprint participated, it would have increased the prices. When/If Sprint focuses on rural, or wants extra urban low-band capcity, there is still extra low-band to be had. I personally don't mind if they stay #4. This idea that they can't be, or survive on their own as #4 I believe is a fallacy. The only thing I'd be concerned with, in regards to revenue, is them deploying more and more equipment (like the tens of thousands of small cells). If they have to support more infrastructure with the same revenues, that will only become more costly. They have to think of ways and make successful deals that help keep costs low. I think 2.5GHz will go a long ways in helping keep costs low. Their position puts them in such a way they can only get so much revenue out of 55million customers.
  8. http://maps.spectrumgateway.com/comcast-600-mhz.html Mostly likely won't use it. Either try and sell it later when deadlines are near, and/or make deals for roaming.
  9. That advantage of having so much BRS/EBS, they can turn large amounts of 5G without refarming spectrum. AT&T isn't in a horrible state because they can refarm spectrum a bit easier. Even though TMobile is saving a chunk for 5G on 600MHz, it isn't really anything to talk about other than for coverage map coverage. TMobile and VZW I think will have the roughest time refarming their spectrum. I wouldn't be surprised to see them wait until the iPhone has 5G. Do something like 10x10 lowband and 10x10 in PCS/AWS at that time, minimum for 5G. Makes it rough on VZW/TMobile because 40MHz is 30~50% of their spectrum in any given market. We know mmWave isn't an answer for a macro solution, and there isn't any other midband coming up. Gotta make due with what you got.
  10. Oh, that. C Band is 4-8GHz. That 3.7-4GHz portion is in the S Band. I know that 3.7-4.2 is being called C Band atm (maybe cause they are looking at making the 200MHz free from 4-4.2GHz?), but with the recent FCC wanting to make open 1.2GHz in C Band (5925-7125MHz), that is what I was thinking. That would make things interesting. Finding a quick article, sat companies said it would take 18-36months to move though. This will happen after the FCC makes a decision, holds an auction and then tells the sat companies to move. So if this spectrum does go through, it'll be a long time before it can be used.
  11. The more sub 6GHz spectrum the other carriers pick up, the less advantage Sprint has. That advantage holds a bit tighter though for anything above 2.5GHz for realistic urban full on coverage. However, it's a long ways to get there. CBRS is 150MHz right now, that will get split up once it goes up for auction. And it's a full 1GHz spread from 2.5GHz. Then C-Band that is being looked into like 6GHz, you are looking at similar limitations that are on existing 5GHz. Unlicensed, low power output of 1w or 250mW. With current considerations there will be at least 850MHz for 1w output, but that is still just 1w.
  12. If you read the internet, for the last 7 years I have been a Sprint customer, every quarter I have been told that Sprint was going to go under and file for bankruptcy. Their position isn't pretty, but it isn't like Sprint is in some unique position. People like to be like, debt, debt, debt, but having more debt than revenue is pretty common. Look at Charter. $40billion in revenue but they have $70billion in long term debts. A company like AMD couldn't make any money for like a decade before their recent turn around. They sold, leveraged and won some key lawsuits that helped them stay afloat. Now they are kicking ass and taking names. This idea that Sprint needs to be at the same coverage level as AT&T or VZW to survive I think is a fallacy as well. They have great roaming agreements. This is how the dozens of regional carriers survive.
  13. That's nuts. Didn't know this.
  14. Is there a reason why it wouldn't? I've been using VoLTE on my V30+ for a while now.
  15. This has been my experience. In East KY, where T-Mobile has owned 700A for a while, they have thrown up a lot of sites but they are AWS or PCS only. If you look on their coverage map however, it would suggest otherwise. The ones I have reached only have 5MHz for LTE. It really is a joke. And it is sad because I now have an experience than is 1000x worse than what the regional wireless carrier has beings now that TMobile roaming is preferred. What is even worse is these new sites that only have PCS or AWS on them are spaced so far apart there will still be issues once they get around to putting 600 or 700 on them. And still, their 700A deployment in areas they already own have been subpar in my area. TMobile has only been spending in the $4billion range. Was only like a couple years they broke into the $5billion range. The cheap and fast 2G-LTE and ability to get wideband has really helped them out quiet a lot with the limited capex. If they do merge, they will be at ~$10billion capex, more inline with VZW/AT&T. I don't think we will see the gains of this large capex bucket for a few years unless New TMobile has a separate spending bucket just for merging. So if a rack needs to be relocated higher or to a new tower that won't come out of capex.
  16. The G8 has a nice preorder deal, I am hoping the V50 will as well. I want to get that because of 5G. Hoping that it will be the same or cheaper than my V30+ lease. I'm hoping for something like at least 40% off and includes the second LCD screen. Only way I am going to get it is if it is given to me.
  17. Doesn't seem like something you'd want to deploy all over cities. Hell, imagine all those stations everywhere from multiple carriers. Hopefully they can package those up nicer and cities don't allow that nasty all over their cities. Seems like a good thing though to have in your arsenal. Just putting one up where major events happen. Times were you normally bring in a COW, just drop a couple of these suckers. Im hoping that Sprint will at least get a little mmWave. Beyond mmWave, it will be interesting to see what ATT/VZW 5G strategy ends up being.
  18. What Sprint needs to just do is spend the capex. Look what TMobile has been able to do with 4~5 billion in capex since 2013. Now that Sprint is back up to 5 billion, we are seeing movement. They can do what what they think is best, but just keep spending that money. This will be their best ROI. They have excellent LTE roaming agreements and 3 more years with TMobile, no need to focus on that level of network expansion. Honestly, I'd rather them continue with these native roaming agreements vs expanding into their territory.
  19. B66 using the new AWS3 will need to be in CA. There are only 4 AWS3 blocks. Where they do own AWS3, it is mostly just 5x5 worth.
  20. Maybe it is spectrum limitations in Birmingham. I know when I travel there I connect to 2.5GHz when I think 2.6GHz is more common. Think that is due to limited holdings? For this tower, the section that facings Birmingham might have different spectrum allocation/deployment than the other side of the tower not facing Birmingham.
  21. Near an airport is defined as within 5 miles of one. You can still probably fly, but you have to call and notify the Airport Operator or Air Traffic Control. Also, don't forget to add while you are at it: Be 13 years old. Need to register your drones with the FAA. Need to mark the drone with its FAA number. Best to have an Armature Radio license just encase. Never fly above 400ft. Never fly over people. Never fly near emergency response efforts. And don't fly under the influence.
  22. I wonder what Sprints timeline is to shut down CDMA completely. VZW CDMA is dead EOY 2019. ATT looks like they will kill HSPA EOY 2021. Think Sprint would be in a great spot if they could do it in a few years. Once the market is full of 5G phones. B26 could go down to 1.4MHz for LTE and add 5MHz for 5G. Any of the newer dual-band/tri-band equipment easily upgradable for 5G? At least not requiring a tower climb?
  23. The help will just come down to software, and besides setting up any required GPIO, software configuration will be the same. It'll be like having a PC with Intel vs AMD but in this case Broadcom vs Amlogic. With the ODroid I'd have less GPIO setup. I think I only immediately need the GPIO for the LCD. I'd go with the Pi3 Model A+ due to size. The RAM is the biggest reason against the Pi3. It only has 512MB. The C0 still has the full 1GB like its bigger brother the C1+. I could go with the B+ and remove connectors to fit in a smaller package. But it's a little more and I'd need/want to buy a few more components for it. Plus ODroids support eMMC which is great for increased reliability over microSD. Im not 100%, but I think the Amlogic CPU has a bit more horsepower behind it over the Broadcom as well.
  24. Incorrectly reported I guess. earfcn of 40978 is TDD. Though FDD could be possible if you are nearer to Canada as they use Band 7 (FDD) and Band 38 (TDD) for 2.5/2.6GHz.
  25. If T-Mobile wanted it bad enough, their name would be on the application. With them owned 40MHz of 600, and there still being extra 600 to be had in the areas, getting 700 may not be as urgent for them as it once was.
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