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Old 06-19-2019, 10:24 PM
 
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I have more than 10 millions of cell towers collected in database, after doing my maths (based on mobile network code), I have found that ATT has way more cell towers than Verizon. Is this normal? The numbers are as follows.

Verizon =>1,147,446 cell towers
AT&T =>2,180,539 cell towers

I think I may have not counted some cell towers whose MNC are unknown to me, which in fact belong to Verizon. Could this be the reason?

Thanks
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Old 06-19-2019, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Er, cell towers are often shared among many carriers.....
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Er, cell towers are often shared among many carriers.....
And individual towers are generally not owned by a carrier, but owned by a company that leases space to not only cell companies, but other entities that need tower space for non cell related radios.
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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How owns the most towers doesn’t matter as much as who has the best coverage. That would be Verizon.
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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One more factor is that At&t traditionally used GSM networks and Verizon used CDMA (soon to be replaced with LTE/5G).
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:48 PM
 
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And individual towers are generally not owned by a carrier, but owned by a company that leases space to not only cell companies, but other entities that need tower space for non cell related radios.
Thanks for sharing, no wonder I have a lot of cell towers I have no idea who the operator is, a lot of them. I just wanted to create a carrier coverage map.
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:52 PM
 
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How owns the most towers doesn’t matter as much as who has the best coverage. That would be Verizon.
I am not from the US, I am told that the coverage in the countryside is very bad in the states, is that the fact?
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:56 PM
 
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How owns the most towers doesn’t matter as much as who has the best coverage. That would be Verizon.
I did a search a few days ago and found that Verizon had numerous cell towers in some cities.

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Old 06-21-2019, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I am not from the US, I am told that the coverage in the countryside is very bad in the states, is that the fact?
Depends on the company. Sprint and T-Mobile are useless in rural areas. ATT is ok. Verizon is very good in the countryside.
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Old 06-21-2019, 06:34 AM
 
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Depends on the company. Sprint and T-Mobile are useless in rural areas. ATT is ok. Verizon is very good in the countryside.
I’m not sure you can say that about T-Mobile nowadays. 5 years ago definitely but they have been aggressively adding coverage.
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