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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

Finally after over a year of waiting......the AT&T site is Lovells, MI is running 3G/UMTS:) 

 

Speeds: 4 down/1.5 up. 

Scholar

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151 Messages

7 y ago

It's great so far! I get 3 bars of LTE by me. around 13-15MB down. Smiley Happy

Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

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HSPA+ in Lovells, MI. Ethernet backhaul is via Microwave. LTE coming soon!:)

MNelly420

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10 Messages

7 y ago

Awesome. Can't wait for summer haha
Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

That tower in Arnold should be going live soon if not already. LTE activations in Michigan have cooled way down the last several months, unfortunately. Don't know why northern Michigan, including the Thumb area,  are low priority areas for AT&T. 

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151 Messages

7 y ago

My friend told me Gwinn now has 4G. Arnold tower stil hasn't been activated yet that I know of.

Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

Excellent!    Hopefully they will fill that void in there:)

 

Well, what a coincidence from my last post. Several sites in the Thumb area have received LTE upgrades this weekend. Owendale, Kingston, Lexington, and the second site in Caro are all running LTE. Several others are now on Ethernet and running HSPA+ as well.

Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

LTE went live on the site in Lovells, MI this morning.  5x5 Band 17.  

 

Port Sanilac and Watersmeet also received LTE upgrades this morning:)

Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

American Ninja:
Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

American Ninja: Any word on the new site near Arnold by chance?
Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

Well, it is almost April and so far AT&T hasn't really done anything to improve their network this year. What's even more disappointing is that most of the new site builds that were scheduled for this year and 2016 have been cancelled. My AT&T contact that is involved in the network buildout said there are deep budget cuts due to the upcoming acquisition of Directv, and that Michigan is going to suffer as a direct result. The only new info that I can share is there is a new site scheduled to go online this year in Shingleton, near Munising(U.P.)and only a fairly small amount of new LTE upgrades across Michigan this year as well.

 

What is disappointing for me, is the tower in Lewiston was one of the first in NE MI to get UMTS (3G) back in June of 2013. Nothing has changed since and speeds have plummeted. In fact, one of the new sites that was recently cancelled was going to be constructed along M33 near 612, east of Lewiston. M33 is heavily travelled by people heading north and has been pretty much a dead spot, so I guess it will continue to be for the foreseeable future . You can see on the second pic where that new site was approved to go up, but has been axed:(  On a similar note, AT&T was supposed to construct a site in Trout Lake as well, but not going to happen:(

 

 

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Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

Well, looks like I will be eating some Crow for dinner tonight. Just got the word that AT&T turned up LTE this afternoon on the Lewiston site.:)
formercanuck

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7 y ago

I'd like to see when Drummond Island gets LTE.

Lewyman

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391 Messages

7 y ago

I would as well. Still don't know if that new site on the island is running UMTS yet or not. Map still shows EDGE.
Lewyman

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7 y ago

Well, this thread has gone cold. Anyway, for those of you who live in northwest lower Michigan the network is going to get better soon. AT&T is in the process of acquiring 24 MHz of 700 spectrum (B17) from Agri-Valley/Thumb Cellular that will cover all of northern, and especially northwest MIchigan including areas like Traverse City where they currently have B5 & B4 LTE deployed. They are also acquiring the 5 MHz chunk of spectrum that will cover counties in northeast MI as well. That will give AT&T a 10x10 LTE carrier on 700 MHz across all of northern lower Michigan and match Verizon's current B13 LTE deployment. AT&T has been lame so far this year, but I expect things are going to change.

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