First 700MHz sites live in Long Island, as deal with Frontier for more spectrum is approved

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Rumor has it, that the first 700MHz spectrum sites are already going live. Although a lot of what we hear is hearsay, we have strong reason to believe that one site has been switched on in Riverhead, New York (Long Island). Milan03 on Reddit submitted a post on the popular forum last week, and we’ve been in discussion with him for the past few days. When the post went live, the site was yet to be activated. Now we’ve had confirmation that it is switched on.

If you live in the area, and you’re familiar with Service Mode on the Samsung Galaxy range of devices, you should be able to confirm that the site is indeed live, providing you have a band 12 compatible phone. So if you have a Galaxy Note 4, and you know your way around the Service Mode, let us know if you can get it to show up on your device.

If the information is accurate, T-Mobile is aiming for around “a dozen sites this year in Eastern Nassau to Montauk area.

In a sort-of related update, there’s more 700MHz acquisition news to digest this morning. A little while back, you may be remember the carrier applying to purchase spectrum from a company named Frontier in the Rochester, NY market. A deal which could bring T-Mobile’s low-band wavelengths to an area covering 1.51 million people. Yesterday, that deal was approved and is now showing as “accepted”. This is in addition to the approved I-700 and Actel deals, which were “consummated” last week.

Sources: Reddit, FCC

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  • Goat

    Well done T-Mobile! Let us keep moving forward!

  • Sushimane

    let’s cross our fingers that all the deals goes through with the 700mhz spectrum. If all or 1 get rejected tmobile would still crush sprint in q4. Lets go tmobile.

  • aLdo

    yawn !

  • itguy08

    Now they need to call up Cavalier and get the 700a for Central PA. And get it done like yesterday. Then they will have the whole state covered in 700a licenses!

    • William Burr Winans

      I’m pretty sure they will because their spectrum will cover the whole state of NY, PA, and Hawaii if other spectrums go through the FCC.

      Everybody needs to check this out:
      http://specmap.sequence-omega.net/

    • CPPCrispy

      Hope they do. If they get Cavaliers 700a, they will cover all of north Ohio (where I spend 99.9% of the year). They would also cover one of the main east-west interstates (I80-I90) and I75 through Ohio (assuming the FCC approves the transaction for 700a north of Cincinnati (Dayton area) from Grain Spectrum IV, LLC).

  • Mike Palomba

    Hoping the 700 MHZ for the 5 boroughs is active soon.

    • DDLAR

      NYC is in the WNJN (channel 51) exclusion zone. Unless T-Mobile can work something out with WNJN they will have to wait until sometime in 2016. That is, as part of the 600Mhz auction in 2016 the broadcasters using channel 51 will be relocated to different spectrum. I’m not sure how long the relocation process will take.

      • Jamssx1

        The auction gives the stations up to 3 years to move. However they can opt out of the auction (which would probably be dumb!) if they felt they couldn’t relocate for some reason, but then they also wouldn’t get any cash. Since WNJN could probably be pretty easily multiplexed onto Thirteen’s channel groups I doubt they will (A) pass up on the money or (B) take that long to move…. Especially if someone gives them an additional donation since they are a PBS station not a for profit station….

        • DDLAR

          I believe the auction has a provision specific to channel 51, It states that if they don’t vacate it they will get relocated. I think the time table for the relocation is also different than the other parts of the auction.

      • itguy08

        Didn’t NJN move off Ch 51 already? Their webpage has them at Ch 50 out of Montclair:

        http://www.njtvonline.org/about/where-to-watch/

        • CPPCrispy

          WNJN uses Ch51. Ch50 is their virtual channel number. Thus, on your TV it would be Ch 50 event though it uses Ch 51 frequencies.

          https://en[dot]wikipedia[dot]org/wiki/NJTV#Stations

        • Clevenger23

          So in my area the highest digital over the air channel is 46. We used to have a channel 59 but I belive that one is no longer broadcasting. So does that mean those air waves are available around here?

        • Clevenger23

          I lied I just liked up the channels, I have had cable for to long lol.

          16
          (42) WNDU NBC City: South Bend, IN
          Owner: Gray Television
          Web Site: http://www.wndu.com/
          Station Info: Digital Full-Power – 1000 kW
          22 WSBT CBS ID: “WSBT 22”
          City: South Bend, IN
          Owner: Schurz Communications
          Web Site: http://www.wsbt.com/
          Station Info: Digital Full-Power – 266 kW
          Subchannels: 22.1 WSBT/CBS
          25 WMWB-LP The CW ID: “CW 25”
          City: South Bend, IN
          Owner: Weigel Broadcasting
          Web Site: http://www.thecw25.com/
          Station Info: Low-Power – 37.8 kW
          28
          (58) WSJV FOX ID: “FOX 28”
          City: Elkhart, IN
          Owner: Quincy Newspapers
          Web Site: http://www.fox28.com/
          Station Info: Digital Full-Power – 1000 kW
          34 WNIT PBS City: South Bend, IN
          Owner: Michiana Public Broadcasting
          Web Site: http://www.wnit.org/
          Station Info: Digital Educational Full-Power
          46
          (48) WHME Religious City: South Bend, IN
          Owner: LeSea Broadcasting
          Web Site: http://www.whme.com/
          Station Info: Digital Full-Power
          57 WBND-LP ABC City: South Bend, IN
          Owner: Weigel Broadcasting
          Station Info: Low-Power – 58.2 kW
          69 WMYS-LP My Network TV ID: “My Michicana”
          City: South Bend, IN
          Owner: Weigel Broadcasting
          Web Site: http://www.mymichianatv.com/
          Station Info: Digital Full-Power

  • Ares

    Kind of hoping to see something better in New York than that. From the looks of it there was no wideband upgrade in upstate, and upstate New York is not Rochester. Still really hoping they will improve rural network :/ Hoping they will buy Cavalier also then all of the east coast and New York would be solid.

    • Ares

      Just realized I said “hope” a lot lol

  • TBN27

    Too bad the nexus 6 or the iPhone 6 aren’t compatible with this frequency band. Oh well. The LTE updates and expansions are so good that i can forgive that my current phone is not Band 12 ready.

    • Brad

      I’m pretty sure the nexus 6 is. I think this very site made a big deal about it.

      • dtam

        I’m pretty sure you are correct

      • dtam

        I’m pretty sure you are correct

      • TBN27

        I haven’t been on the site reading for a while And Google never mentioned it on their site. Thanks for the info. I will eventually pick one up.

    • The international version of the Nexus 6 is not, but the United States model is compatible with band 12 (700MHz).

    • Brad
  • Bori

    Oh, I can not wait for damn CH51 to be moved here in the Cincinnati area, we could so use that 700MZH goodness lol.

    • John Wentworth

      I’m waiting for a similar issue, I’m too close to CH51 in NYC to get any 700 mhz deployments in my area of NJ for quite awhile. I was all reved up about 700mhz and was looking for phones that supported it until I realized it could well be 2016 or later before T-mobile can use 700mhz in my area because of that crappy tv station that no one watches and hasn’t started the process of moving yet.

  • Hell yeah! That’s my market! Even more reason to get the N6 so I can take advantage of that building penetrating low spectrum!

  • ChristianMcC

    Why is there a picture from San Francisco? …

  • Justsomecommentor

    Interestingly, T-mobile is also purchasing some B and C block spectrum from BEK Communications in some parts of North Dakota in and around Bismarck.

    • Fabian Cortez

      C block? Lower I’d assume.

    • emcdonald75

      Maybe they can trade the B and C blocks with AT&T for the Chicago A block.

    • NOYB

      Tmonews has a new article on the subject.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Hope tmobile buys 700mhz in SC. We have two large gaps of no service. And when traveling in very rural areas you lose 2G sisignal all together
    great news though. It’s much needed in major cities

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Hope tmobile buys 700mhz in SC. We have two large gaps of no service. And when traveling in very rural areas you lose 2G sisignal all together
    great news though. It’s much needed in major cities

  • That’s an awesome site, nice to see all the bands laid out on the map and who owns what.

  • emcdonald75

    I hope T-Mobile can buy 700MHz spectrum from C-Spire or form a roaming agreement. They probably will once C-Spire goes VoLTE. C-Spire and T-Mobile share the same spectrum for LTE: PCS, AWS and now 700 A block. I don’t understand the many companies or owners like Vulcan, AB License Co and others that just have the spectrum but not use it or sell it. Should not the FCC step in?

    • DDLAR

      I think AB License Co is speculating on the price of the spectrum.

  • fkch51

    Will someone please go chop down that ch 51 antenna in NJ? that POS ch that no one gives 2 rat pellets about. Move that sht already. It will delay a much needed service.

    • Justsomecommentor

      I feel the same way about Ch. 51 (KXLA) in Los Angeles.

    • DDLAR

      Actually, I think it’s a great channel. It may not be your cup of tea, but a lot of people, like me, really enjoy it.

      T-Mobile can wait for the 600 Mhz auction or try to “convince” WNJN to move early. T-Mobile also has to consider how fast they can deploy this spectrum. They may already have their hands full with previously planned network improvements. If this is the case, they may just wait it out.

      • kk888

        WNJB serves roughly the same area as WNJN. They are both NJTV

  • Guest

    Why is San Francisco pictured in a story about New York?

  • Guest

    That is correct… 700 is live in Riverhead NY… I am a front line witness to it… Lol…. There’s more coming soon…

    • TMOGUY

      Screen shot or it never happened.. EARFCN?

  • TMOGUY

    Hey Cam, did he give you a screen shot of a note 4 in service mode, showing locked on to Band 12? I hate to say it, but I’m a little dubious here… What was the EARFCN?

  • Alex Zapata

    Oh this is most excellent news!

    • bluemoon737

      Anyone know how to check which band an xperia Z3 is using? I suspect 700MHz may also now be live in New Hampshire as well. I am now getting 4G LTE where I was previously only getting 2G. My wife’s Z1s still only shows 2G which is why I suspect 700MHz.

      • superg05

        can she jump?

        • bluemoon737

          Unfortunately, no….

  • superg05

    i forced on band 12 on my note edge to see if i could connect it was present but not usable then it kicked me off and a did it again and took a screenshot they have 10mhz in my area

    • milanyc

      Which area is that? Do you mind posting a screenshot?

      Thanks.