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jmelson3

join:2001-08-01
Saint Louis, MO

New wireless in Town & Country MO ?

Some unfamiliar gear just went up on Bopp Rd. in Town & Country MO the last
couple weeks. There is a gray box about half the size of a Charter Pipeline
box, installed at about chest height. Above that is a small silver box with two
vertical antennas, spaced about a foot apart. These are in PVC pipe, and are
about 18" tall. There are six of these units on every 3rd phone pole, for about 3/4 mile along the road. Next to each pole is the typical green junction box used by
the phone company where buried cable is connected to residential drops,
etc. This was installed by crews with unmarked trucks, not AT&T crews.
I haven't seen any gear like this anywhere else.

Does anyone know what this service is for, is it being rolled out anywhere else?
From the looks of it, it seems like it has to be some sort of wireless internet, but
the density of the gear makes it sound really expensive to deploy across a whole city.

Thanks,

Jon



nunya
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It's probably micro-cells. When I worked on the utility side of things, I specifically covered the area you are talking about. T&C has actively been blocking attempts by wireless carriers to upgrade services for years. While a tower would be ideal, this is probably the best they could get.
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jmelson3

join:2001-08-01
Saint Louis, MO

Well, why would they need SEVEN units in a line in 0.7 miles? That doesn't
make sense. Also, why would they put them so low? They could have put it
quite a few feet higher on the pole with no problem. So, if there was only one unit, or if there was one every mile or so, I'd easily believe it was a micro-cell. I don't know who runs the tower hidden in the flagpole of the new Dierbergs at Lindemann and Manchester, but that is pretty close. I think there are a bunch more full-power
cell towers in the area. The water tower on Dougherty Ferry has at least 3 cellular services on it, there's another tower at the power substation at Dougherty Ferry and 270, and there are more cell towers around here that I can't remember right now. Hmmm, there used to be one at the old Ahner's nursery, don't know if they have set up a temp site there or not.

Anyway, this thing seems to have been designed specifically to be very short range due to the low height of the antennas. If that wasn't obvious, then the fact they have one of these things every 450 Feet is another clue.

So, you haven't convinced me.

Jon



nunya
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O Fallon, MO
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Sprint / Nextel, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Cricket, Verizon, and Clearwire.
It's one company that puts these up and leases them back to the carriers.
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jmelson3

join:2001-08-01
Saint Louis, MO
reply to nunya

Well, AT&T has been working on this gear occasionally, so that solves who is setting this system up. Also, all the antennas have been moved to about 20 feet up the poles.

But, still no idea what this system is.

Jon



nunya
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reply to jmelson3

They are installing the T1's for the micro-cells.
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jmelson3

join:2001-08-01
Saint Louis, MO

But, it still doesn't make sense that there'd be SEVEN microcells right next to
each other. These units are basically every 500 feet for 3/4 of a mile down
this one street.

Jon



nunya
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Pole 1 = Sprint / Nextel, Pole 2 = AT&T, Pole 3 = T-Mobile, etc...
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