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  1. That is interesting. Unless I’m missing it, T-Mobile only released this information:
  2. Sprint is using a “split mode” for LTE and 5G in Hard Rock Stadium with an 1,800+ antenna DAS to handle LTE while 5G will be transmitted over Massive MIMO. Sprint also used Massive MIMO to add 5G in select locations around the city to the infrastructure improvements they’ve been working on in Miami. From the Sprint Newsroom Site: At the Miami stadium where Sprint’s hometown Kansas City team and San Francisco will face off, we’ll provide even more Sprint customers with improved capacity and faster speeds on Game Day (as well as future games, events and concerts). Based on the huge increase in customers’ data usage last year and in 2018, we’re using two different technologies this year to help meet fans’ demands to stream, download, video chat, text and connect on social. In and around the stadium, Sprint’s Massive MIMO radios using our fast 2.5 GHz spectrum and breakthrough “split-mode” feature will enable us to simultaneously deliver our most-advanced LTE service and Sprint 5G for customers attending the showdown in person. In addition, we will be providing 4G/5G dual connectivity within the stadium, transmitting 4G over a state-of-the-art distributed antenna system (DAS) with more than 1,800 antennas and 5G through Massive MIMO radios. Together, these solutions will provide the equivalent of 10 macro cell towers at the stadium. That will give fans the coverage and capacity they need whether they’re in their seats, at the concession stand or tailgating in the parking lot. ......... Was the backhaul saturated? Not enough Massive MIMO radios?
  3. https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/government/proposal-to-allow-5g-antennas-deferred-until-june/ The latest... Sprint’s 5G strategy seems to be working out well since they can use existing towers.
  4. Sure seems like it... Sprint’s 5G looks like the big winner this year. Curious what the final reports will show.
  5. That’s better.... 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
  6. That’s not exactly rocking in my opinion... It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but it seems underwhelming for 5G.
  7. The linked article (https://www.floridatrend.com/article/28690/wireless-carriers-use-miami-super-bowl-to-spotlight-new-5g-technology) has some great details on Sprint’s upgrades. “Sprint vice president of networks Scott Santi says Sprint upgraded 277 of 300 transmitting sites around Miami in the last year.....” “As for the Hard Rock, Sprint says it will have the equivalent of 10 macro cell towers there.“” And “Santi says the gear remains when the game packs up. “100% of what we’ve done there is going to stay,” he says. “It’s for the long-term usage of our customers.”” “And next? “We are preparing for next year’s Super Bowl, which is in Tampa,” Santi says.“” .......... However, the article needs to be updated to say that Sprint has deployed 5G at the stadium. @Terrell352: Can you message Dr. Saw/Scott Santi about that if you have an in with them?
  8. Another good write up on carrier deployments of 5G at the Big Game: https://www.lightreading.com/mobile/5g/how-will-5g-play-in-super-bowl-/a/d-id/757198?
  9. I would think more people at the stadium are uploading content (Photos/Videos/Status Updates, etc.) than consuming (downloading) content from people who aren’t. I don’t understand why so little upload capacity is available on 5G given that.
  10. Tutela tests carriers’ networks before, during Super Bowl Live Dashboard: https://www.tutela.com/blog/super-bowl-liv-0
  11. Good download, but that upload... I sure hope it gets better over time. This is a test run without the network being loaded during the game. Don’t people do more uploading than downloading at events like this?
  12. Here’s what the other carriers are doing: T-Mobile: https://investor.t-mobile.com/news-and-events/t-mobile-us-press-releases/press-release-details/2020/T-Mobile-Prepares-Miami-for-Footballs-Biggest-Stage-with-More-Network-Capacity-and-5G/default.aspx AT&T: https://about.att.com/story/2020/super_bowl_2020.html Verizon: https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/verizon-plays-up-5g-for-super-bowl https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-first-super-bowl-5g https://www.androidcentral.com/verizon-spends-80-million-cover-super-bowl-5g-mmwaves https://www.mobilesportsreport.com/2020/01/verizon-5g-cbrs-part-of-wireless-network-mix-at-super-bowl-liv/ vs Sprint: https://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-heats-up-miami-network-for-footballs-biggest-game.htm
  13. Yup. This seems to be a trend in Speed Test posts.
  14. https://investors.sprint.com/news-and-events/press-releases/press-release-details/2020/Sprint-Announces-10-Billion-Guaranteed-Notes-Offering/default.aspx Curious that Sprint is doing this while the merger decision is expected soon.
  15. To quote one of my favorite series as you said: “Not great... Not terrible.” Is Sprint fully committed to a network plan now? Are they cheaping out on backhaul to sites? Like you said, it’s hard to gauge what they are doing vs what they can afford. Sprint’s debt load and upcoming maturities is still very disconcerting. Short of a SoftBank rescue or merger, I’m not sure how they pay that off and get ahead of things. Sprint’s Total liquidity was $5.2 billion at the end of the quarter. That includes $3.2 billion of cash and cash equivalents. If the merger isn’t approved, Sprint will still need to be on the hook for sequential quarters of high capex for the foreseeable future. Simply putting 2.5 GHz on every macro site isn’t enough. There simply aren’t enough macro sites, although mini-macro/strand mounts are helping somewhat.
  16. Earnings for Fiscal 3Q 2019 are out: https://s21.q4cdn.com/487940486/files/doc_financials/2019/q3/01_Fiscal-3Q19-Earnings-Release-FINAL.pdf Thoughts?
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