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Mjrtom7

Explorer

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25 Messages

Wed, Sep 19, 2012 6:57 PM

Will Northeast MI ever receive 3G?

I've heard talk about how ATT is "working on their network coverage" and plans to provide 3G service in Northeast MI "in the coming months".  Well, now that another 2 year contract has expired, I'm seriously wondering if I would be better off jumping to Verizon.  The EDGE data network up here if virtually useless.  5 full bars, yet extremely poor data transfer.  

 

Can anyone provide an HONEST answer as to when this coverage is planned to be upgraded???  Verizon has had 3G for quite a long while up here...

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Tpeltz

Scholar

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136 Messages

6 years ago

Randu22,

Where abouts are you in Alpena? What's the closest landmark? Helps us figure out what tower you are pulling off of.

I'm in Rogers City, still H+ here.
randu22

Explorer

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6 Messages

6 years ago

Tpeltz,

I'm behind the cement plant on North Point Shores road.  It's back to 4G right now.

I can see the tower by Kmart which is right accross the lake from me.  But I think I am closer to the tower by Long Lake road where the old Detroit Gasket plant was ,which is just a short distance from Besser Company.

Tpeltz

Scholar

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136 Messages

6 years ago

Probably just testing LTE. I would expect it to go fully operational tonight late or sometime during the night this weekend. They usually don't turn up new LTE coverage during the day.
Tpeltz

Scholar

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136 Messages

6 years ago

AT&T has launched 4G LTE in the following locations as of this afternoon:

 

Alpena, MI

Vanderbilt, MI

Rogers City, MI

Posen, MI

Wolverine, MI 

JREwing53

Scholar

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173 Messages

6 years ago

Sault Ste Marie has had LTE for about one month. Lightning fast. Have gotten LTE in Pickford a few times. I think it's coming off the Rudyard tower. Should not be long before Pickford tower is LTE.

Lewyman

Scholar

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391 Messages

6 years ago

LTE went live in Gaylord, MI tonight. More soon.

Scholar

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150 Messages

6 years ago

Still nothing at the Lathrop tower.

Lewyman

Scholar

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391 Messages

6 years ago

That stinks. I would say backhaul is the issue so when they fire that tower up it should go right to HSPA+ and LTE. Have they added any additional panels to the existing 3?

Scholar

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150 Messages

6 years ago

Nope, it's still the same when I went by there last weekend.

Lewyman

Scholar

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391 Messages

6 years ago

American Ninja,

I did some research and discovered that the site in Lathrop is not actually owned by AT&T/Cingular, but rather American Tower LLC. Many sites in NE lower MI that are still E or 3G are owned by A/T as well. That could be a factor for the delay in Ethernet or Microwave backhaul along with site upgrades.
Lewyman

Scholar

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391 Messages

6 years ago

American Ninja.....what is the status of coverage at your house? It appears AT&T deployed a massive wave of 3G and HSPA+ today. Check out the coverage map.

Scholar

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150 Messages

6 years ago

No change here.

Scholar

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150 Messages

6 years ago

I wonder when Escanaba, Gladstone and Marquette will be getting LTE? I thought they would've had it by now.

Lewyman

Scholar

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391 Messages

6 years ago

It is hard to say. Those areas have been HSPA+ for a while but that doesn't mean those sites were on Ethernet or Fiber backhaul, but I am sure they are very close to being ready.....if not already. By the end of July I suspect many sites in the U.P., including some that are still E, will have LTE turned up. 

 

I am suprised how long it took for Gaylord and Alpena to get LTE considering they were the first areas in N/NE MI to get 3G. 

JREwing53

Scholar

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173 Messages

6 years ago

Was across much of the UP today. Newberry is LTE. Marquette is not yet on LTE. 

Suprisingly, I was in Gwinn, and all of that area is still on Edge. 

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