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Extended LTE in Chapel Hill, NC

  • 23 September 2020
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Why is there still no Extended LTE to help coverage in deadspots and inside buildings in Chapel Hill.  There is Band 71 and 5g coverage in large unpopulated areas of Duke Forest between Chapel Hill and Durham , and both 5g and Band 71 and coverage in the tiny town of Pittsboro, which is south of Chapel Hill, but no Band 12 or Band 71 or 5g in Chapel Hill, including the UNC campus.  When will this change?


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There’s also no low-band LTE (band 12 or 71) in DeFuniak Springs, FL. My theory is that T-Mobile brought low-band expansion to a screeching halt as soon as the Sprint merger was approved and is concentrating all their efforts into integrating Sprint’s band 41 (2.5 GHz) spectrum into their urban networks. T-Mobile is always going to put their urban base ahead of rural/suburban service. (To T-Mobile a population of 56K is “suburban”.) Chapel Hill and DeFuniak Spring are places T-Mobile will eventually get ‘round to. 

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