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Mjrtom7
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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...

Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

AT&T has finally activated UMTS on the site on Grosinsky road and M-32, SW of Hillman. Solid "4G" on M-32 from Gaylord to Alpena.

 

Also, the tower in Atlanta, MI is now on fiber Ethernet. 

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151 Messages

7 y ago

Still no 4G from the Lathrop tower. Yesterday I saw a guy where they ran the fiber from the powerlines. He had some sort of wand that has wires attached to the white and orange post in the ground. He was waving the wand down by the ground. I wonder fi they are having troubles with the line the ran to the tower?

JREwing53

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7 y ago

It was just announced in the Sault Ste Marie paper that we are getting an additional tower built here. It will be on the west side of town located at Sherman Park. 

By Rachel Osborn
Posted Oct. 24, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

Sault Ste. Marie
Members of the city’s planning commission heard a request from Wally Haley, on behalf of AT&T Mobility, to construct a 150-foot tall monopole cell tower adjacent to the city’s water filtration plant next to Sherman Park.
The commission approved the site plan as proposed and approved the requested waiver to utilize existing vegetation to satisfy the landscape screening requirements.
“On this side of town, there’s not so much coverage,” Planning and Zoning Administrator Kelly Freeman told members of the commission. “People who live there or frequent that area get lots of Canadian roaming charges.”
Local residents, as well as visitors, have complained about the lack of cell phone service in this area for years. AT&T has heard these complaints and decided to do something about it, Haley explained.
“We hear your complaints,” he said. “It does make a difference. There’s quite a need for this site.”
The tower would need to be in a screened-in area to minimize its visual impact on the surrounding area, Freeman said.
A vinyl-coated chain link fence or a decorative wall/wooden fence would be acceptable. AT&T’s proposed plans include vinyl-coated chain link.
The tower would also need landscaping around it. AT&T plans to use existing vegetation to fulfill this requirement.
AT&T plans on using a non-contrasting color for the tower — gray — and having all of the cables connecting the ground equipment to the antennas at the top of the tower secured to the tower.
Because the tower is below the 200-foot height requirement, where lighting is required to be provided, it will be unlit during hours of darkness.
This tower is a modern one, Haley explained.
If there were every a catastrophic disaster, the tower would crumple upon itself instead of falling over.
Tower construction could begin as early as this winter, though AT&T has some regulatory issues they need to take care of before that time.
It’s more likely construction will start in the spring, Haley said.
Construction time typically amounts to 20 or so days, with an additional 15-20 days for tower testing.
“We’re very comfortable with this area (near Sherman Park),” Haley said. “It’s a good site.”
The promise of increased service and decreased dropped calls has local folks pretty excited.
“AT&T customers’ service will improve significantly in that area,” Freeman said.


Read more: http://www.sooeveningnews.com/article/20141024/News/141029469#ixzz3H7ZBXdXw

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151 Messages

7 y ago

It looks like 4G has finally been turned on at the Lathrop tower. Smiley Happy

Lewyman

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7 y ago

Excellent. How many panels per sector are on that site?  Depending on whether or not all of the equipment is installed, LTE might not be too far behind. I bet the new site in Arnold will be lit up soon as well. 

 

 

What are the network speeds?

JREwing53

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7 y ago

AT&T has a major problem in the Marquette area. I would guess that most people there are on Verizon. The service there is horrible. No LTE anywhere. 

The guy I was riding with was using Verizon in areas where I could get no service. I could not get a signal anywhere within a 50 miles distance east of Marquette all the way to the city. He was talking away on his Verizon device. 

Lewyman

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7 y ago

That's not good. I imagine they are working on it so hopefully service will get restored soon. The nearest site that has LTE surprisingly is in Munising. You would think at least Marquette and Houghton/Hancock would have it by now.

Verizon has better service in the U.P. then what is depicted on their map. I don't know why AT&T is not in a hurry to get as many sites running HSPA+ and LTE in the U.P. as possible. They can match Verizon spectrum wise up there.

I did notice AT&T has activated B4 LTE (AWS) on more sites in the Saginaw area. Sites along 675 on the northbound Z bridge detour are running LTE on B17 and B4. They also appear to be running two LTE carriers on B17 and B2 in Flint, probably getting ready for carrier aggregation.

I will check the site in Lovells today to see if it has been upgraded.

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151 Messages

7 y ago

There are 3 panels on the tower. It likes they are positioned south,west and east. I went to Gwinn yesterday and passed the Lathrop tower, I did some speed tests and i was getting around 8-10 down and around 2 up. Here at my house I get a better signal now. I actually get service in my house. Oh and even though it shows it on the coverage map, Gwinn does NOT have 4G. Only E. I drove right by the tower in Gwinn and there are 2 sets of panels up on the tower there.

Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

Ok.....there is only one panel per sector on the Lathrop site which are spaced 120 degrees apart and given the speeds you mentioned, they are running HSPA+ w/Ethernet backhaul. That being said, it doesn't appear that AT&T will be launching LTE in the near future on it. Given that LTE will be deployed on 700 MHz, an additional panel will have to be installed which will be longer that the current one and also have an RRU installed behind it. Not to worry, AT&T's HSPA+ will stream any content you need to download so the internet should be lightning fast. Hopefully, speeds will be good for you at your house.

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151 Messages

7 y ago

Lathrop tower now has LTE!!!! Just went live tonight!
Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

Wow. Nice! They must be using different panels than around here for them to deploy all layers of technology on that site.
Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

American Ninja... you mentioned that site has 3 panels. Is that per sector(3×3) or total(3×1)?

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151 Messages

7 y ago

From what I can tell it has a total of 3 panels. If you can picture a triangle, it has one on each point.

Lewyman

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7 y ago

OK thanks for the info. This is the first AT&T site I have heard of that is only using 1 panel (per sector) to overlay UMTS, HSPA+, and LTE......basically 3G/4G technology. The Omni's are still used for GSM/Voice. All other sites I have seen, have at least 2 panels per sector (6 total). Very cool!

Hope the speeds are great at your house.
Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

American Ninja.......How is the LTE up therethere?
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