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A lot of additions to cell towers near my house

Discussion in 'Cell Tower Hunting Club' started by Plokoon111, May 27, 2008.

  1. Plokoon111

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    They seems to be a lot of cell towers adding on, like a month ago this lattice tower got another carrier on it. And two monopoles are adding tiny pieces. Each time I pass the mono poles more is added. Is there something important going on like, does this have anything to do with Wi-max?
     
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    Can you take any pictures?
     
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    Sprint is adding WiMax in a number of markets right now so some of that could be them. But a lot of those WiMax panels will be add-ons to Nextel arrays.
     
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    Today while riding the bus, I noticed a flag cell site from far away, there was a crane next to it, lifting panels up. And the panels that are going on all these monopoles aren't big there really small, with 4 panels facing each direction.
     
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    Have you noticed any new carriers advertising in the area? I think MetroPCS and maybe even Cricket picked up licenses for Philly in the 1700 spectrum auction.
     
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    whens the launch date? this is the first i have heard of any actual wimax buildout.

    do you have links?
     
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    Larry could you show us what Wimax panel looks like? Or at least a close up of one.
     
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    Today saw a mono pole with guys on it. And everyone I saw today had wire/strings next to it connected to the top, what are they for?
     
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    You really need to get some pictures so we can answer easie for you.
     
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    Yes by all means, try to get some pictures. T-Mobile 3G is a possibility, WiMax is another possibility, or maybe Metro or Cricket if one of those carriers is building out in your area. Get some pictures and I'm sure someone here will be able to figure it out.
     
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    ClearWire has substantial buildout already of the Expedience pre-WiMAX system. Most of the components are WiMAX upgradeable or dual-mode. Also, according to Wikipedia, Sprint has 3 test markets of WiMAX as of January. Sprint WiMAX Soft Launch Under Way - New York Times
     
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    They don't look much different than regular CDMA panels. It's one panel per sector added to an IDEN cell site. Here's a recent WiMax panel installation in Los Angeles, CA:

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    You right is does not look to much different at all.
     
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    I know that Sprint has already put up many of these WiMax panels all around So. Cal. But I can't say for sure if the actual WiMax equipment has been installed yet.
     
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    If you can you need to see if any cabinets are changed out.
     
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    In order to do that I would have to get inside the equipment bunker and that's not easy to do. lol The WiMax equipment installations have to be enclosed in the shed and not outside like the Sprint CDMA equipment typically is.
     
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    Sorry for my ignorance but why do they need to be inside? Expensive equipment?
     
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    I believe the vendor requires it for some reason. I don't know why but I'm sure someone like TelecomJunkie can tell us.
     

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