- 04-13-2011, 12:25 PM #2
Thanks for the reply, Chris.
I live in the (fairly remote) mountains of western Maine... amazingly, a tower went up this past fall carrying Verizon. It's just 3.5 miles away, and I can see it from my house. We are on one mountain, the tower is atop another mountain. Well, I spoke to the Verizon folks back in the Fall about when 4G would come on line here, he said that since the tower was brand new, they would have installed everything with 4G-ready components. So, I was wondering if this tower, and other new towers like it, might get 4G earlier than towers with only 3G configurations. I believe the Verizon person told me that this tower already has fiber optics hooked in. My Thunderbolt, running the 3G hotspot, regularly achieves DL speeds of 280-300 kbps... So I can only imagine, and wetly dream of what speeds we will get once this tower is bumped to 4G!
- 04-13-2011, 02:13 PM #4
Like chris said, the main issue is the backhaul. Especially in rural areas, the company has to run the line all the way from a developed area (for example, I only get 3MB down at my house on DSL, so there's no way the nearest Verizon tower would get upgraded easily). The fact that they already have the lines hooked means they just have to switch out some equipment on the tower.
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Fiber-optic cables carry insane speeds, but the only drawback is because they use light, the fiber-optics only run so far without amplifiers...
but areas with fios installed may be easier and quicker to come up...
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- 04-13-2011, 10:07 PM #6
Cell towers must be upgraded or retrofitted to have new anntenas that are capable of transmitting the 4G signal. In most cases, three parabolic antennas are installed. They appear dish-like in appearance. Look for them next time you see a cell tower in a metropolitean area. There are other necessary upgrades to the infrastructure, so it's not that easy. This doesn't take into account the entitlement process with the local entity, which can be time consuming and expensive.
- 04-13-2011, 10:36 PM #7
I know about rural areas. I don't have WIFI access in Cave Creek. I don't need 4g 3g works fine. My brother is in Kimberling City MO and they just got Verizon two years ago in their area. He was stuck with AT&T He is thrilled to have Verizon and have decent coverage. They won't be getting 4g anytime soon. As he put it and I quote "We are just happy to have Big Red and good call quality".
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