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iden/Wimax/CDMA all on one tower and different elevations!
Clearwire is at the 2nd elevation just under the iDEN array.
Fancy! I hope Sprint owns that pole and that they aren't paying rent 3 times!
A couple of weird things here. Why did sprint run their wiring on the exterior of the pole, even though they were the 2nd carrier on (not third). Also, why does Sprint have 3 antennas per sector? You almost never see that.
I agree, I am just as baffled by those things as you are. Could it be that there was no additional room for cables inside the monopole due to Clearwire and Nextel? Plus it appears to be a very narrow pole. Just a thought. Oddly the CDMA portion of this site is still inactive 4 months later. Not sure what's taking so long.
Just weird that Sprint was the 2nd set installed and is on the exterior, but clearwire was the 3rd to be installed but is inside. Maybe CDMA requires that much more cabling over WiMax.
At first glance I though the lower panels had to be another carrier due to the 3 antennas per sector (Sprint almost always uses one now). But the cabling led right to the Nextel shelter so it has to be CDMA. Plus I obtained a network on-air schedule sheet that shows that it is a CDMA site. But it was supposed to be on-air 5/15/10. That's about the time they started construction but it's still not on yet. This usually means a problem with the T1's. Remember Vanowen/Topanga telcomjunkie? Here we go again.
Maybe Sprint wised up about the need for backhaul and are waiting for some sort of ethernet or fiber backhaul to be run. T1s shouldnt be used anymore.
The CDMA portion of this site FINALLY went on-air 7/31/11 (nearly a year after construction began). About time!
Damn that took a long time! What are the EVDO speeds like on that new tower?
No idea but when I tested it out it worked great!