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Sprint's iDEN Network Shuts Down Tonight

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Replying to:  Good riddance! by JJinNYC   Jun 29, 2013, 6:14 PM

Re: Good riddance!

by rwalford79    Jun 30, 2013, 11:20 AM

5x5 on ESMR is not their best decision. In fact, it rather blows. There is 12Mhz on the ESMR, but only 10Mhz can be used for LTE. Leaving dead air on 2Mhz or a 1Mhz block of CDMA, which is useless as well as pointless.
Currently in the 1900Mhz G-Block that LTE is deployed, running 5x5 LTE, the speed is atrocious. It rarely works indoors (and it should since it is in 1900Mhz) since LTE is prone to major interference at the air interface level, but Sprint refuses to turn the power up, in hopes they dont overload the network while they are trying to pull some network vision fiasco. Unfortunately, Sprint has no idea how to use carrier-aggregation like T-Mobile does, and it will still be some years before Sprint realizes that taking that 5x5 1900 G-Block LTE and 5x5 800 ESMR LTE block and combining them via aggregation would actually provide coverage and speed to the likes of Verizon and AT&T between their 700 and AWS blocks. Instead, Sprint has decided not on carrier aggregation (which is superior) but went with multimode base stations so your phone will use whatever signal is strongest. In 98% of my cases this will mean a strong 3G signal with limited data speeds, or a strong 4G signal without data speeds at all since that tower doesnt have backhaul connected but has an active antenna!

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