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  1. I probably should not repeat myself but I thought that moving/merging band 25/2 should have been job 1. As in move enough Sprint spectrum over to T-mobile RRHs to fill up 20MHz, then when they visit the site to add band 41 they can add another RRH if there is some band 25 spectrum left.
  2. The problem with covering rural Northern California is that they don't want new towers to be built because it will Martha natural beauty. I understand it but then if you want coverage you have to compromise.
  3. Yep Northern California is not well covered by either of them. Neither is it well covered by AT&T at least about couple of years ago.
  4. I am sure that they can cover the 70% of American using their low frequency spectrum no problem. The only problem would be the relatively low customer count. They will have to partner with somebody to spread out the deployment costs.
  5. Look in some places T-Mobile had a denser network and in others Sprint had a denser network and in others neither did. It's the nature of the beast. Let's hope that they do an masterful blending of the two networks and then buildout the places where neither was strong.
  6. Contrary to my expectations Dish did confirm that they are going to buy 800Mhz from T-Mobile, as if purchasing triband low frequency RRHs (n71, n26 and n29) was not enough: "As part of Dish Network's $1.4 billion agreement last week to purchase around 9 million Boost-branded mobile customers from T-Mobile, the company also quietly said it would purchase billions of dollars of additional spectrum. Dish agreed to move forward on a previously announced plan to purchase 13.5MHz of 800MHz spectrum nationwide from T-Mobile for a whopping $3.6 billion. Based on the terms of the companies' agreement, Dish said it would potentially purchase the spectrum during 2023, and that T-Mobile might continue to use a portion of the spectrum until 2025. The transaction might not actually happen, given that it's not scheduled to close for another three years and much can happen between now and then. That the companies last week reiterated their plans to go through with the deal only underscores the fact that Charlie Ergen – the chairman of Dish Network and a key architect of the company's 5G strategy – ostensibly has an utterly inexhaustible desire for spectrum." https://www.lightreading.com/5g/dish-networks-ergen-has-a-big-appetite-for-5g-spectrum/d/d-id/762196?
  7. They have ordered triband n71, n26 and n29 low frequency RRUs and dual band n70 and n66. Something tells me that they will deploy the lower band first and then deploy enough of the midband RRUs to meet the deployment requirements. Of course I expect them to deploy first in the urban areas then suburban. Overall I think they will live within their means as far as deployment, shielded by the roaming agreement with t-mobile. For me the interesting event will happen in 3 years when T-Mobile's leases with other holders of 600Mhz spectrum expire. Will we see a bidding war between T-Mobile and Dish for those leases?
  8. I think they stay. Shentel and T-Mobile are in negotiations about either acquisition or affiliation.
  9. I can see both sides of the equation data driven vs consistency. Unfortunately, Sprint could not overcome the patina of incompetency and of damaged goods.
  10. Well, there goes nothing 😂. All jokes aside, I am very happy that they took the first step towards becoming the fourth carrier.
  11. Yeah it looks like they might be getting serious about deploying their network. A little more detail courtesy of Light Reading: Importantly, Fujitsu will supply the physical radio hardware that will broadcast 5G signals from atop Dish's cell towers around the US. Dish said in a release that it will use Fujitsu's lowband Tri-Band radio unit (supporting spectrum bands n71, n26 and n29) and midband Dual-Band radio unit (supporting spectrum bands n70 and n66), both of which adhere to open RAN design principles. Dish added that the radios would support passive MIMO. https://www.lightreading.com/5g/dishs-5g-radios-to-come-from-japans-fujitsu/d/d-id/762069?
  12. Dish might have to settle for lower income from their leases since T-Mobile just signed leases with two other companies: T-Mobile has applied for instant spectrum leases with Channel 51 License Company and LB License Co. to lease 600 MHz spectrum in a number of major markets, including Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, New Orleans, St. Louis, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta and Seattle, among others. Currently, these companies are lending 600 MHz spectrum to T-Mobile to help the carrier boost its network during the Covid-19 pandemic. The parties have filed their application with the FCC, and if granted, the leases would exist until February 28, 2023. https://www.fiercewireless.com/operators/t-mobile-strikes-600-mhz-spectrum-leases-8-out-10-top-markets
  13. I know you guys are just dying to know what happened to Artemis Networks the company that invented and demonstrated the pCell technology. Well they're still around but are working quietly with other companies. No major details but they have been testing their technology on the CBRS spectrum. "Remember Artemis? The startup that in 2015 promised its pCell transmission technology was 25 times better than 4G LTE? Well, Artemis is still around. But it's definitely flying under the radar nowadays. "Everything we're doing is with partners," company founder Steve Perlman told Light Reading. "We've been working more intensely than we've ever worked." Artemis's ongoing pCell efforts came to light via new documents the company filed with the FCC. "Rearden LLC [the parent company of Artemis] seeks to conduct product development and market demonstration in the 3.5GHz range (using multiple 5MHz blocks for total of 50MHz between 3400-3550MHz and 3650-3700MHz) that will examine a new digital modulation technique for wireless networks, thereby providing important information for the development of next generation wireless communications applications for the business and consumer markets. Specifically, Rearden will install prototype base stations enabled with proprietary pCell wireless technology inside the Rearden Lab," the company wrote in a filing to the FCC requesting permission to test its technology in the CBRS spectrum band." https://www.lightreading.com/mobile/5g/startup-artemis-still-pushing-pcell-this-time-into-cbrs-band/d/d-id/757141 Now that you found out you all can go back to your afternoon naps.😂
  14. T-Mobile continues to sign 600Mhz spectrum leases with different companies: T-Mobile has applied for instant spectrum leases with Channel 51 License Company and LB License Co. to lease 600 MHz spectrum in a number of major markets, including Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, New Orleans, St. Louis, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta and Seattle, among others. Currently, these companies are lending 600 MHz spectrum to T-Mobile to help the carrier boost its network during the Covid-19 pandemic. T-Mobile is still negotiating with Dish to lease some of Dish's 600Mhz spectrum. https://www.fiercewireless.com/operators/t-mobile-strikes-600-mhz-spectrum-leases-8-out-10-top-markets
  15. I have also noticed that they have not done anything with band 2/25. It is a problem that they have to solve pretty soon. But for T-mobile/Sprint colocated sites, if they're going to visit sites for adding NR41 panels and RRHs they might as well move the Sprint equipment over. What I am afraid they will run into is incompatibilities between enodeBs and RRHs from different vendors. So they probably have to add additional band 2/25 RRHs that are compatible to whatever enodeB T-Mobile is using. They can add Sprint band 25 spectrum to T-Mobile's 2/25 up to 20Mhz per RRH due to power limitations. Then they have to add another RRH for whatever spectrum is is left. This is going to be one giant mess and will take money and time. They will have to prioritize what will get done first. They have elected to prioritize adding NR 41 to all T-mobile sites and probably the Sprint sites they're going to keep.
  16. Still going to take them 2 years. Capex is not going to kill them if all they're doing is adding band 41 to 65,000 sites, what's going to kill them is adding 10-15000 new sites and rebuilding Sprint sites as T-mobile sites.
  17. Already offloads 75% of data load to WiFi so it does not make financial sense to invest in a macro network. Said that they might be interested in bidding in the CBRS and C-Band auctions. https://www.fiercewireless.com/operators/charter-not-looking-to-be-full-scale-facilities-based-mobile-operator-cfo I wonder if they are interested in hosting both of those bands in post and strand mounted small cells as a neutral host. I have no idea why Comcast bid in the 600MHz auction other than to lease it to a carrier and get roaming on the cheap. Right now they are leasing it to T-Mobile and I am assuming that that would be the play going forward.
  18. My experience with Fi was the reverse of that. Mine switched between the two without waiting for one to have no service before switching to the other one, but then I had one of the Google handsets.
  19. I am sure that they can come up with a much more elegant solution than the Google Fi one. The integration of spectrum and and sites will take about 2 years. Meanwhile the current method of waiting to have no service before switching to the other network is deeply unsatisfactory.
  20. It seems that Dish will close the Boost transaction on July 1st: The company did not officially close the purchase, nor did it provide any of the parameters of the pending deal, including how many customers might be involved or the final price. But the company's announcement – made via an SEC filing – represents Dish's intention to enter the wireless industry, first as an MVNO of T-Mobile and, potentially, as a nationwide 5G network operator. It appears that the Department of Justice had to step in during the negotiations between T-Mobile and Dish to push the transaction forward. "On June 17, 2020, the Department of Justice (the 'DOJ') determined that T-Mobile has complied with the requirement in the final judgment entered by a federal district court in Washington, D.C. on April 1, 2020 (the 'Final Judgment') to provide Dish the ability to cross-provision any new or existing customer of the prepaid business with a compatible handset onto the T-Mobile network," T-Mobile wrote in its own SEC filing on the matter. "As a result, we believe all conditions to closing under the Asset Purchase Agreement (other than those conditions that can only be satisfied at closing) have been satisfied and, subject to the satisfaction of the conditions that must be satisfied at closing, the closing of the Prepaid Business Sale will occur on July 1, 2020." https://www.lightreading.com/5g/dish-said-it-will-buy-t-mobiles-boost-on-july-1/d/d-id/761784? All of you can breathe now 😅!
  21. Why has it taken T-Mobile so long to implement something like Google Fi that selects the best network/band among T-Mobile, Sprint and USCC? I mean they only had 2 years?
  22. I am here to declare that I was not one of the million people.
  23. New T-Mobile MMIMO panels are 128x128. Legacy Sprint are 64x64 split between B41 and N41.
  24. MMwave, the NR41 and B41 MMIMO panels are a bit bigger than that but still square.
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