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  1. Dang, not too shabby! I'm sure this has been said before, but in some ways I kinda feel like T-Mobile has abandoned their mmWave network in NYC. I haven't seen any recent buildout, they're still stuck on 2x 50MHz n261 carriers, and performance (when you can connect) generally isn't much to speak of. On one hand, I don't really blame them when they have so much n41 deployment left to do. But it's also disappointing to hear them preach about the "layer cake" when their mmWave performance (at least in NYC) is a bit underwhelming. Here's hoping they'll get back on it when we start seeing thes
  2. https://www.lightreading.com/5g/c-band-auction-maps-and-charts-who-won-what-where-and-how-much/d/d-id/767682?
  3. I'm more of the opinion that they're going to keep the license and pay off whoever is squatting on BRS/EBS licenses. The license covers far more than NYC - the entirety of Rhode Island, a good portion of New Jersey, all of Long Island and the Hudson Valley, and a sizeable chunk of PA. Unless they plan on partitioning the license, it's probably worth more to keep it. Plus, it lines up well with their holdings in Philly and Boston. Additionally, they've previously demonstrated that they're very willing to shell out for licenses in key markets. Even if it's going for far above market value.
  4. Did some mapping in the East Village this past weekend. My S21U was really struggling with n261, had to try 4-5 sites before I could actually maintain a connection. n41 was fast and reliable in the majority of places I tested. n41 vs n261 on the same site: Did a bit of mapping in the Greenpoint area, as well. Only two of the five sites between Nassau Ave and Newtown Creek have been upgraded with n41, so still a bit of work that needs to be done. Unfortunately, the Sprint site on Ash Ave doesn't seem to be designated as a keep site.
  5. Been checking out a few T-Mobile oDAS nodes I know the install date of, and generally the reservation date seems to be 1.5 to 2 years before that. Oof. Just one of the reasons T-Mobile tends to shy away from small cells, I suppose.
  6. Awesome find! Link if anyone wants to view the map themselves. I actually spotted one of the new RRHs in the East Village about nine months ago! I wonder if they'll (finally) be switching away from omni-directional antennas, didn't see any information (or images) of what's hidden under the shrouds.
  7. Things speeding along in the Rochester market. Got this pic from my buddy of the site in Hilton, NY being upgraded with n41/n71. Promising to see that T-Mobile is committed to upgrading some relatively rural sites with n41. Site in ER was similarly upgraded a week or two ago.
  8. The new 47xxxx eNB numbering for B12/B71 seems to be popping up all over NYS, according to CellMapper. Spotted another one in my neighborhood, as well. T-Mobile also seems to be switching up sector numbering on some sites to match their Nokia markets (B12 goes from sectors 4/5/6 to sectors 21/22/23).
  9. Verizon outage brought down most sites in the Williamsburg area today. Best connection was to a site ~1 mile away. No data for almost two hours. Anyone else experiencing outages? Last I heard, Verizon service was affected in parts of Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Flatbush, Bushwick, and Greenpoint. No official acknowledgment from Verizon.
  10. Ran a few snowy 1AM speedtests at each sector of my serving site tonight: Backhaul is looking awfully capped at 700Mb/s. Like you said, far from slow - though it'd certainly be refreshing to see T-Mobile sites equipped with multi-gig backhaul like Verizon is doing with their mmWave sites. 2.5+Gb/s speed tests are a dime a dozen in the Verizon subreddit. While Verizon and AT&T certainly have an advantage as last-mile providers (among many other things), I do wonder if/how the acquisition of Sprint's fiber backbone will be able to benefit T-Mobile in this regar
  11. My S21U seems to have figured itself out and I'm now connecting to to n41/B2/B66/B12 by default (though I'm occasionally running into issues with connecting to anything but B2/B66/B12, or connecting to n71 NSA instead of n41 NSA). Typical speeds tend to be between 150-200Mb/s, but tonight I managed to max out at almost 500Mb/s by practically sticking my device out the window: Still have to get used to these dialer codes, rather than NSG... my last Samsung phone was a Galaxy S2. Planning to stop by my serving site in the next day or two to see what kinda speeds I can get during off-ho
  12. Last I heard, T-Mobile plans to boost their number of macro sites from 65K (pre-merger) to 85K over the next five years. Between 10-15K of those sites are Sprint conversions, whereas the rest are greenfield builds.
  13. Got my new S21 Ultra today. It generally seems to prefer N71 SA in my location, though if I walk around my apartment (or bandlock) I can connect to N41 NSA. When RAT-locking to LTE, B2 still tends to be the default band. That said, the phone is bouncing between bands quite a bit, so it might just need some time to figure itself out. Average speeds: LTE (B2/B66/B12): 15Mb/s N71 SA: 30Mb/s N41 SA: 150+ Mb/s Super happy to see such a big improvement over my OP6T!!
  14. Neville also confirmed (on twitter) that they're planning on adding an "Ultra Capacity" layer to their coverage maps in the near future. Very glad to see all this work being done. That said, here's hoping this isn't shaping up to be a finalized look at which sites T-Mobile is planning to keep - just looking at rural NY, the impact on rural coverage is somewhat minimal. At least a few Sprint sites in poor coverage areas (Chazy, Millport, or Mosherville for example) that aren't showing up on the map.
  15. CellMapper seems to indicate there is an oDAS node near there (eNB ID 127069).
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