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  1. Any S4GRU members going to the Super Bowl or planning to be near the stadium? Could you let us know how Sprint's coverage is? ---------- About the DAS: http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150129/network-infrastructure/digging-das-superbowl-tag4
  2. News Release: https://newsroom.sprint.com/massive-mimo-in-atlanta-sprints-mvp-for-big-game-and-beyond.htm
  3. Pretty significant milestone. More details in the linked news article: https://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-completes-worlds-first-5g-data-call-using-25-ghz-and-massive-mimo-on-commercial-network.htm
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    Network Vision/LTE - Chicago Market

    Very nice!
  5. I've used Rootmetrics to do quite a few Hexes in the Downtown DC area and up into the Northwest stretches out to Bethesda and Rockville. It works well and updates quickly. When I'm out walking around, it actually encourages me to go some extra steps to get to the slow or blank hexes. If you don't mind slamming your device or the network pretty hard and you're plugged into your car or a power brick, you can set the Speed Test to continuous mode. Sensorly feels completely abandoned to me.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    There’s definitely some interesting history between Legere and the President. Wonder if this has any impact on the Merger. From May 2018: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-02/t-mobile-ceo-checks-into-trump-hotel-on-fence-mending-dc-mission
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Government shutdown suspends Washington’s review of Sprint/T-Mobile merger: https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article223821080.html Wow!
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    iPhone XS Thread

    I'm running 12.1.2 on my iPhone XS in the DC area and I'm not having any issues on VoLTE or with Wi-Fi Calling.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I just hope we never get to this point if a merger happens: AT&T to begin upgrading existing LTE phones to ‘5G E’ Given Neville's recent Blog Post, it doesn't seem likely, but companies can change over time.... https://twitter.com/NevilleRay/status/1075754021560901633 https://twitter.com/NevilleRay/status/1076284138842349568 T-Mobile did it: This isn’t the first time that service providers have manipulated customers in this manner. T-Mobile and AT&T both labeled HSPA+ as 4G and Sprint tried to convince the world that its WiMax network was just as good as LTE.
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/comcast-refuses-to-go-public-assessment-sprint-t-mobile-merger Hmmm... I wonder what’s in this assessment...
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    No holding back by Neville on what "New T-Mobile" means for 5G: https://www.t-mobile.com/news/5g-for-few-vs-5g-for-all Verizon named their 5G Ultra Wide Band (UWB) – to trick you into thinking their network’s scarcity is something special. In fact, they’re working with OEMs to show “5G UWB” on the device … when you can find it! UWB should be short for UnderWhelming Bullshit because that’s exactly what it is. and AT&T is launching 5G with big-a$$ 5G pucks This is not what America pucking wants. ..... And if you missed it, take a look at the handy puck gift guide we published to help people lug this thing around.
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    Network Vision/LTE - Washington DC Market

    I haven't seen loud voice calls on Metro be an issue yet. Loud people at times, yes. People playing music on their smartphone speakers without headphones, yes. People just don't talk on the phone like they used to I guess. Yeah, Sprint's tri-band deployment is pretty solid. Band 41 has the capacity to handle the crowds well. I pass through some of these segments and it really makes a difference in the commute experience. I hope they extend coverage in the tunnel up past Dupont Circle on the Red Line soon. Grosvenor or bust! 😀
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    Network Vision/LTE - Washington DC Market

    It's been a ridiculous slog for Metro to get cellular coverage in the stations/tunnels. Here's an article from February 2015 which summarizes what happened (the original contractor filed for bankruptcy and stopped work on the project): https://wamu.org/story/15/02/27/can_you_hear_me_now_in_metro_tunnels_answer_is_not_yet/ As Metro’s Downey mentioned to Congress, the California-based tech company PowerWave filed for bankruptcy in early 2013 and stopped work on the wireless project. The carriers took PowerWave to court and in May 2013 paid the bankrupt firm $2 million to settle their dispute. The carriers then took over the endeavor to expand Internet and cellphone coverage within Metro’s system. At least the carriers seem to be doing a good job on this. I've gotten very good Sprint speeds/coverage in the stations and in the tunnel segments that have been launched. Having VoLTE live on the iPhone has helped as well.
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    Network Vision/LTE - Washington DC Market

    https://www.wmata.com/about/news/Metro-AT-T-Sprint-T-Mobile-Verizon-Wireless-announce-milestone-in-tunnel-wireless-coverage.cfm “Today Metro and the nation’s leading wireless carriers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless announced that more than half of Metro’s tunnels are now wired for cellular and data service. The milestone was accompanied by the formal announcement of three new tunnel segments coming online as “wireless ready.”” The three new “wireless ready” tunnel segments announced today are: • Blue/Orange Line between Ballston and Rosslyn (5.6 track miles) • Blue/Orange/Silver Line between Rosslyn and Metro Center (4.8 track miles) • Green Line between College Park and Fort Totten (7.4 track miles) ——————— Progress! New segments are coming online as the work is finished. The Press Release says they’ll be done by Mid-2020.
  15. Exciting stuff! EDIT TO ADD: Based on this article, Sprint had a successful 5G data transmission test with Nokia equipment earlier this month at its Reston, VA Lab. Testing with Ericsson and Samsung gear is currently underway. Just announced today: Good news on Ericsson Gear!
  16. Dr. Saw shared this Update: Celebrating a Year of Sprint Network Milestones on our Path to 5G Seems like good progress? Check out that National Average Download Speed Improvement according to Nielsen (93%) and PCMag (87%)! Odd that there's no mention of VoLTE.
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    Official Magic Box discussion thread

    As @nexgencpu mentioned, give the box at least a few days, perhaps up to a week, to optimize on the Network.
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    Network Vision/LTE - LA Metro Market

    Check this out: More B26 sites coming soon....
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    Network Vision/LTE - LA Metro Market

    “The company recently deployed 800 MHz service on more than 800 cell sites in Southern California and Los Angeles (with more on the way) to extend voice and data coverage into more locations, including indoors where the majority of wireless traffic is generated.”
  20. In recent testing by RootMetrics®, Sprint is #1 with the fastest download speeds in Boston.1 Indoor and outdoor testing was conducted during peak-usage hours during the day in the busiest areas of Boston. Samples were collected in iconic tourist areas, top travel destinations, business districts, retail shops, major entertainment areas, and other high-traffic areas. The end result is testing that shows how carriers perform in the busiest parts of Boston, and the results also evaluate how well networks are prepared for upcoming 5G and IoT deployments. Additionally, analysis of Nielsen drive test data shows Sprint has the most improved network in Boston with a 292% increase in download speeds year-over-year.2
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    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Looks like Kevin Crull, Chief Strategy Officer is leaving at the end of the year: https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2018/12/06/sprint-crull-chief-strategy-officer-leaves.html Sprint Corp. Chief Strategy Officer Kevin Crull will leave the Overland Park-based company at the end of the year, according to a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The mutual decision for Crull to leave was made Monday and will take effect Dec. 31, the filing states. Crull also leads Sprint's (NYSE: S) Integration Management Office (IMO) and 5G DEVGRU.