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    T-Mobile deploys LTE to 60k Sq miles of Gulf of Mexico

    T-Mobile deploys LTE to 60k Sq miles of Gulf of Mexico https://www.fiercewireless.com/wirel...rs-gulf-mexico

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    Will the new deployment cost anything additional to users ?? I have my doubts.

    I remember when I worked for At&t there was a Gulf of Mexico network called PetroCom designed for the oil rig workers. There was an additional roaming charge to use their network. The attached article makes no mention of pricing. We will have see how it works out for the users.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veriztd View Post
    Will the new deployment cost anything additional to users ?? I have my doubts.

    I remember when I worked for At&t there was a Gulf of Mexico network called PetroCom designed for the oil rig workers. There was an additional roaming charge to use their network. The attached article makes no mention of pricing. We will have see how it works out for the users.
    Considering all the statements to the FCC and DOJ about not raising prices to the DOJ and FCC by T-Mobile it would be ridiculous for them to screw up the entire merge for a few dollars a month from just a insignificant amount of people in the Gulf of Mexico. T-Mobile owns 10x10 MHz of 600 MHz plus the 700 MHz of the company in the Gulf they partnered with. There was a guy on Reddit/T- Mobile that provided proof he acquired 5x5 MHz in the 600 MHz FCC sale for just $35k that planed to raise a billion plus dollars to build out the Gulf with LTE claimed T- Mobile would never deploy in the Gulf. Bet that guy would sell his one band of 600 MHz now for $50 K and call it a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veriztd View Post
    Will the new deployment cost anything additional to users ?? I have my doubts.

    I remember when I worked for At&t there was a Gulf of Mexico network called PetroCom designed for the oil rig workers. There was an additional roaming charge to use their network. The attached article makes no mention of pricing. We will have see how it works out for the users.
    T-Mobile currently roams BroadPoint/Tampnet as part of their domestic roaming agreements. They do LAC-block 4 land-based BroadPoint towers to prevent customers from roaming when in range of existing T-Mobile service. It will be interesting to see if this new coverage gets priced as a separate service or part of T-Mobile's domestic coverage. When I was in the Arabian/Persian Gulf, Etisalat provided service from oil rigs at the same rate as on land.

    60K sq mi corresponds to about 50 platforms.
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    I would hope it's part of regular domestic coverage - otherwise there's not much benefit for those that benefit to switch to T-Mobile.

    What I want to know is how backhaul works on those platforms. Microwave ring? Satellite?
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    While I can only speculate, a satellite connection would be most likely. Hopefully more information will be provided prior to deployment. Interesting to read about none-the-less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volaris View Post
    ...What I want to know is how backhaul works on those platforms. Microwave ring? Satellite?
    Submarine fiber-optic cables. perhaps augmented by microwave.

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    This expansion is considered native T-Mobile coverage. No charge to T-Mobile customers.

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    Working GReen Canyon 18 using Straight Talk T-Mobile compatible SIM Card. Works a lot Better out here than Port Fourchon. It’s Truly High Speed Data. Name:  IMG_1837.jpg
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    Little bits of this have been showing up on CellMapper, mostly west of the river mouth. To see the site locations you have to turn "low-accuracy towers" on. Hopefully more offshore workers will start using CellMapper. T-Mobile's coverage map does not show anything offshore.

    P.S. One issue with T-Mobile's offshore service is that they don't seem to have bothered with coverage in Venice, LA. Their farthest site down-river is at Burris, which doesn't provide good coverage at Venice and points south. Sprint has a site in Venice, which hopefully (assuming T-Mobile engineering has two functioning neurons among them) they will convert to a T-Mobile site.
    Last edited by DRNewcomb; 05-12-2020 at 10:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain1charlie View Post
    Working GReen Canyon 18 using Straight Talk T-Mobile compatible SIM Card. Works a lot Better out here than Port Fourchon. It’s Truly High Speed Data. Name:  IMG_1837.jpg
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    LOL and so many claim that T-Mobile doesn’t do rural. Thanks for your report hope you do that Cellmapper.net test on the signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shilohcane View Post
    LOL and so many claim that T-Mobile doesn’t do rural. Thanks for your report hope you do that Cellmapper.net test on the signal.
    I predict T-Mobile will have the best rural coverage within five years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Buttler View Post
    I predict T-Mobile will have the best rural coverage within five years!
    T-Mobile has the right spectrum to do great things so will be interesting to see how it all goes.

    The more I read about mike the more confident I am with him being ceo. He seems to be an aggressive ceo like John was but with a different persona

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