Reno wireless cell sites leaderboard

Filed under: CARRIERS - May 15 2023

As of 6/4/24 – recent changes highlighted below:

This chart will be regularly updated to show the Reno area wireless carrier’s number of active cell sites, sites under construction (U.C.) and sites in the planning or permitting process (P/P). The chart also includes small cell (SC) sites and outdoor distributed antennas systems. Numbers reflect sites serving the Truckee Meadows – Reno/Sparks city limits, and unincorporated areas in-between (such as Saddlehorn, Mogul and Sun Valley).

Wireless CarrierMacros ActiveMacros U.C.Macros P/PSC ActiveSC U.C.SC P/P
Dish Wireless4500000
Legend: U.C. = Under Construction, P/P = Planning/Permitting (activity within past 2 years), SC = Small Cell/oDAS

Upgraded 5G+/UW/UC midband sites

Upgraded 5G midband macro sites with 5G+ (AT&T n77), Ultra Wideband “5GUW” (Verizon n77) or Ultra Capacity “5GUC” (T-Mobile n41). These sites have much more bandwidth enabling more simultaneous users and data speed availability of 1 Gbps or more. These sites also allow home internet Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to be offered in the area.

Wireless CarrierActive/U.C. vs Total MacrosP/PMap
AT&T19 / 60 (32%)165G+
T-Mobile49 / 66 (74%)8
Verizon44 / 83 (53%)225GUW/CBRS
Massive MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) panel antennas noted above with the red arrows, are used with midband frequencies and high bandwidth to help allow more simultaneous users and data speeds of 1 Gbps or more. This cell site is located on E 7th St & Montello St in Reno.

Download bandwidth by carrier in Washoe County

CarrierDeployed Total Download Bandwidth (Low band FDD + mid band FDD + mid band TDD + 3 GHz TDD)*
AT&T35+50+0+120=205 MHz
Dish10+45+0+0=55 MHz
T-Mobile25+55+200+0=280 MHz
Verizon20+35+0+200=255 MHz
*Excluding 3 GHz CBRS.

Data used for these tables is derived from on-location cell site observations, user reports and public records.

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