Originally Posted by oldman
That's not completely true. It depends on what you're doing. I have "just a little experience" in the field.
As for AT&T's problem yesterday, there's only about 3 things that could have happened and 2 of them are highly unlikely.
Before we get into a disagreement about Sprint having the fewest outages, remember that both AT&T and Verizon have to report all FCC outages, not just cellular. Sprint doesn't serve any landline based customers, but AT&T and Verizon do. I don't remember the exact critera for a reportable outage, but part of it is anything that effects more than 30K subscribers. Sprint does serve some customers for data and such via fiber, but the likelihood for that to fail to the point of an outage reportable to the FCC is pretty slim.
yeah; just saying we insert all routers/Radio shelves, and perfom all cabinet hot swaps and backhaul converstion to Fiber at night during the customer impacting/network window (1am-5am) because we take down the legacy side in order to perform the work.
there are definitely impacts/consequences from a 911 standpoint if 911 hasn't been tested//approved then you're hosed post-migration. we do all our 911 testing and check for alarms prior to switching over to the new Samsung equipment / 3G/4G so there are no issues /consequences bringing up a site or sector that is failing 911.
I can't remember the FCC impacts etc if a cell site goes down....hmm. other than a huge firedrill on my end lol.