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  1. Not too bad; even the rural sites here in eastern...

    Not too bad; even the rural sites here in eastern Iowa, there's a few areas hilly enough so RF shadow from a hill blocks a closer site, so a phone picks up a site from like 7 or 8 miles away; but...
  2. Thread: 5g deployment

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    Yup, that's about sums it up; Verizon's planning...

    Yup, that's about sums it up; Verizon's planning to launch non-mmwave 5G using DSS, so when it's flipped on I'd expect it to be pretty widespread. I've read (this was for T-Mobile but I can't...
  3. They can go ahead and raise concerns... they...

    They can go ahead and raise concerns... they could have bought Sprint too and had all that spectrum, they didn't. (AT&T's debt load's pretty high but it doesn't seem to have stopped them from other...
  4. Looks like a nice choice... looked at the specs,...

    Looks like a nice choice... looked at the specs, the Velvet 5G already supports 5G on virtually every band T-Mo has (n66 covering band 4 and 66; n2, n25, n41, n71, and n261 mmwave.. it supports...
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    Oh believe me, the T-Mo users would remember...

    Oh believe me, the T-Mo users would remember driving through Iowa once -- like "I got 3G all the way across, except like 200+ miles of IWireless EDGE going through Iowa."... and the associated woes...
  6. I'd personally wait for two reasons; first, both...

    I'd personally wait for two reasons; first, both when 2G (CDMA and GSM), 3G (EVDO and UMTS), and 4G (LTE) came out, after a generation or two of chips they used less power, had better RF, and...
  7. Are you having service problems, or just seeing...

    Are you having service problems, or just seeing low signal strength? On Verizon, in my area I see band 4 down to like -120dbm (low "1 bar"), but it's almost permanently running 4+13 in reality (13...
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    T-Mobile in eastern Iowa

    Curious if anyone does have T-Mobile in eastern Iowa.

    IWireless was not that great (good prices, pretty much statewide coverage but mostly 850mhz-spaced sites so lots of coverage gaps, they had...
  9. Actually, per this...

    Actually, per this article from June, "AT&T has turned on dynamic spectrum sharing in parts of Texas and Florida." Read this a few days ago and it was news to me, didn't see a peep about it in the...
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    Indeed. They should make sure it's conservative...

    Indeed. They should make sure it's conservative especially on low band (I wouldn't want to lose any TV stations for "white space" usage, and obviously licensed users should not be interfered with at...
  11. VZW has the same process -- they're a little...

    VZW has the same process -- they're a little vague about it, but say with a 4G SIM in a 5G device "Device connects to the 5G Ultra Wideband network, but may not connect to the future enhanced 5G...
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    On the live plan page, both the 4G and 5G have...

    On the live plan page, both the 4G and 5G have their throttle caps disclosed with a (i) symbol next to them that pops up a few sentences of fine print. It is a little confusing, though, with both...
  13. Yeah I'd second trying that... CS and...

    Yeah I'd second trying that... CS and cancellation are probably obligated to follow the standard script; going higher up, they can make their own decision.
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    Well, when I saw this on VZW, it was because in...

    Well, when I saw this on VZW, it was because in town they have LTE on band 4, 13, 2, and 5 (well, 5mhz..) and microcells every 2-4 blocks; go to Coralville, still all bands but no microcells, slower...
  15. Hmm, also in the article, Dish got their buildout...

    Hmm, also in the article, Dish got their buildout requirements pushed back, the AWS and 700mhz got pushed to June 2023, the 600mhz has it's 2023 deadline removed, instead requiring 75% population...
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    Are there any 1x or 1x/3g-only sites any more? ...

    Are there any 1x or 1x/3g-only sites any more? I know during 3G upgrade there were a handful of sites that stayed 1x for a looong time, if I recall some were out in the desert, solar-charged...
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    It's got VoLTE and bands 13, 4, 2, 5 (13 is VZW's...

    It's got VoLTE and bands 13, 4, 2, 5 (13 is VZW's main coverage band, and 4 (and 66 which it doesn't have) VZW's main capacity, with 2 and 5 adding additional LTE speed and capacity.) Also has CDMA,...
  18. OK I do have my concerns now. Found this article...

    OK I do have my concerns now. Found this article which is a bit old but interesting info on how DSS actually works. The thing I had overlooked personally, the 4G system has 20-25% overhead (pilot,...
  19. From what I read the DSS 7 or 8 months ago...

    From what I read the DSS 7 or 8 months ago probably *was* pretty corrosive to performance, Ericsson did some tech demos around a year ago showing it working, but unoptimized (30% speed loss), and...
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    G7, G4, and S5 do all support VoLTE. Don't know...

    G7, G4, and S5 do all support VoLTE. Don't know what to say -- maybe the SIM was defective? Or there's some real account issue (like if the account was going from 3G phones to 4G phone with SIM,...
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    I haven't seen that kind of speed either, but...

    I haven't seen that kind of speed either, but it's certainly doable -- without too much LTE fanciness (2x MIMO), you've got 150mbps in 10mhz, so you'd hit it with room to spare with 30mhz of spectrum...
  22. I assume in some cases, it's also going to be...

    I assume in some cases, it's also going to be based on exactly how new the hardware is; old enough? No 5G without a tower visit. New enough? Some of the 4G equipment within last 4 or 5 years with...
  23. Yup. Putting band 4 and 2 on these sites was...

    Yup. Putting band 4 and 2 on these sites was frankly a waste of money (unless it was "free", like the replacement for the band 13-only hardware supports all bands anyway...) but it'd be good for...
  24. Possibly "never". If DSS works well enough,...

    Possibly "never". If DSS works well enough, there'd be no reason not to just keep spectrum as 4G/5G DSS indefinitely. Otherwise...? Analog, first deployed in early 1983, shut down 2008, so that's...
  25. Possibly "never". If DSS works well enough,...

    Possibly "never". If DSS works well enough, there'd be no reason not to just keep spectrum as 4G/5G DSS indefinitely. Otherwise...? Analog, first deployed in early 1983, shut down 2008, so that's...
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