Friday, January 23, 2009

Cellular coverage during inaugeration!

I meant to write this a few days ago, but here it is a few days after the inauguration and I'm just getting to it now. There was some great coverage about the work all the major providers in DC were doing, and the build up to make sure calls, texts , and photos were going to go thru OK. It looks like most of the providers used COW and COLTs to provide additional coverage, and with the exception of some reports of Texts coming an hour or so after being sent, there weren't many huge issues with coverage. I did notice in one shot while the president was traveling to the White House, there was a shot of an AT&T COLT right next to the road (It had a huge AT&T 'world' logo on the side of the truck!)

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Cell tower collapses after fire in Wellesley!!

A monopole cell phone tower off Rte 9 in Wellesley, MA caught fire today (Wellesley Townsman) and collapsed. I understand a crew was doing some welding on the tower, which ignited the coax cable. The fire burned for about a half hour, before the tower collapsed. Of course, the incident was caught on nearby cell phone cameras. Here are some links to various news outlets coverage:

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Monday, January 12, 2009

MetroPCS trouble adding cell sites thru Massachusetts

Here is an article from the Lawrence Eagle Tribune regarding MetroPCS (along with TMobile) trying to add a cell site in a church steeple in North Andover, MA. They are trying to rapidly build out their network, and may be finding that with five other networks already built up here in Massachusetts, it's not as easy to find towers with space available on them. The article mentions that the flagpole antenna at the Stevens Estate (Osgood Hill) is full, I have pictures of that site here.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sprint building out 'Clear' WiMax service in Boston!

I have been on the lookout for the Sprint 'Clear' (formerly Xohm) WiMax antennas and base stations in the Boston area. I have been reading that they are building out their network throughout the area. As soon as I have some photos and information on the antenna configuration, I will be posting it here, and on
I also believe that MetroPCS is getting closer to launching in the Boston market. I have not gotten any specific photos yet, but have noticed a number of sites that have added antenna arrays recently, where all the other legacy carriers were already accounted for. More to come....

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