This blog post will tell you if Cellcom uses Verizon towers. This article will give you details about both networks. It also provides information about how sharing the towers is beneficial for the service providers as well as subscribers.

Does Cellcom use Verizon towers?

Yes, Cellcom does use Verizon towers as both are CDMA and it is a Verizon LTE in LRA

But Cellcom does use Verizon towers in some areas which do not have Cellcom towers yet.  Cellcom and Verizon both are CDMA, Cellcom has leased Verizon towers for roaming service. In some areas, Cellcom and Verizon share network towers to provide better connectivity and extended coverage in areas where mobile network towers are not installed.

What is CDMA?

 CDMA stands for code discussion multiple access. In CDMA, many users share the same carrier frequency. In CDMA both the sharing of bandwidth as well as time is achieved.

 CDMA users have their pseudo-random codeword, which is orthogonal to other keywords. The signal detection is more difficult in CDMA compared to GSM. This is because CDMA has inbuilt encryption.

 Advantages of CDMA

●     Call quality is better compared to GSM.

●     Requires fewer antennas but gives between coverage.

●      A CDMA signal cannot be quickly decided, giving enhanced security.

●      It has reduced the level of interference.

●      Many users can share the same bandwidth.

Disadvantages of CDMA

●     CDMA does not offer an international roaming facility.

●      As the number of users increases, the performance of the CDMA system decreases.

●       It possesses the self-jamming problem. This is because the spreading sequences of different users are not exactly orthogonal.

●      Near far, problems arise if an undesired user has higher power than another user.

How to check the coverage map for Cellcom:

  • Go to link https://www.cellcom.com/coverage_map.html on your computer or mobile phone.
  • When prompted type the area or zip code and press enter, you also have a dropdown list showing all the areas to choose from
  • You will get the map showing the coverage in different colors.
  • You can move the map; you just need to tap and hold to drag.
  • To get coverage information in detail you just need to tap on the location and it gives you a pop-up.
  • To zoom in use +, to zoom out use – or just pinch  
  • If you want to see the 4G LTE coverage make the appropriate selection at the bottom.

How does a basic cellular network work?

 A basic cellular system comprises of three units: a mobile unit, a cell site, and a Mobile Telephone Switching Office

Cellular System

  • Mobile unit

It comprises a control unit, a transceiver, and an antenna system.

  • Cell site

Its function is to provide an interface between the mobile units and MTSO. It comprises a control unit, radio cabinets, antennas, a power plant, and data terminals.

  •  Mobile Telephone Switching Office (MTSO)

It is the central coordinating unit for all cell sites. It includes the cellular processor and the cellular switch. It interfaces with the telephone company zone offices. The MTSO is responsible for controlling the call processing operations and handling the billing activities of the subscriber. The MTSO is the heart of the cellular system. The function of the processor is to provide central coordination. It also performs cellular administration. The cellular switch is either analog or digital. It connects the mobile subscribers to other mobile subscribers and the nationwide telephone network. The cellular switches use voice trunks. They comprise data links that provide supervision links between the processor and the switch and between the cell sites and the processor.

  •  Connections

The radio and high-speed data links connect the three subsystems i.e. the mobile unit, cell sites, and the MTSO. It carries the voice and signaling between the mobile unit and the cell site. These links cannot be transmitted over standard telephone trunks. They use microwave links or T carriers (wirelines) that carry both voice and data between the cell site and the MTSO. Each mobile unit can use one channel at a time for its communication. But the channel is not fixed. It can be any channel in that service area. Each cell site has multi-channel capabilities that can connect to different mobile units simultaneously.

Network sharing:

Most of the cellular companies share their resources to provide service to their customers as the resources are expensive and it is always a good option to install the specific hardware to a shared network. Network sharing maximizes the utilization of available resources.

Conclusion:

This blog answers the query if Cellcom uses Verizon towers Well yes Cellcom does use Verizon towers on a lease as both work on CDMA, to give service to the users who are roaming to give extended service and coverage. Network sharing is always a good option for cellular companies.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):  Does Cellcom use Verizon towers?

What band does Cellcom use?

Cellcom uses 700 MHZ AWS 1 (CDMA 2000).

Is Cellcom a good carrier?

Cellcom works on the Verizon LTE network hence providing better-extended coverage and service to its users.

Does Verizon share towers?

Yes, Verizon shares towers, but it doesn’t share equipment like antennas and transmitters.

What are the disadvantages of CDMA?

•CDMA does not offer an international roaming facility.

•As the number of users increases, the performance of the CDMA system decreases.

•It possesses the self-jamming problem. This is because the spreading sequences of different users are not exactly orthogonal.

•Near far problem arises, if an undesired user has high power compared to another user.

Does Cellcom use 5G?

For now, Cellcom doesn’t use 5G, It operates on 2G, 3G, and 4G. Cellcom might deploy 5G shortly.

How do I check Cellcom coverage in my area?

  • Go to link https://www.cellcom.com/coverage_map.html on your computer or mobile phone.
  • When prompted type the area or zip code and press enter, you also have a dropdown list showing all the areas to choose from
  • You will get the map showing the coverage in different colors.
  • You can move the map; you just need to tap and hold to drag.
  • To get coverage information in detail you just need to tap on the location and it gives you a pop-up.
  • To zoom in use +, to zoom out use – or just pinch

References:

Verizon to give rural LTE partners access to its AWS spectrum, ‘XLTE’ network

https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/verizon-to-give-rural-lte-partners-access-to-its-aws-spectrum-xlte-network

Cellcom, Coverage Map

https://www.cellcom.com/coverage_map.html

Cellcom to partner with Verizon Wireless for LTE, ByDan Meyer, January 6, 2011

What Are the Best Carriers on Verizon’s Network?

https://www.reviews.org/mobile/best-verizon-mvno/

Squeezed by wireless giants, have the regional mobile carriers just given up?

https://gigaom.com/2013/07/30/squeezed-by-wireless-giants-have-the-regional-mobile-carriers-just-given-up/

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John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.

John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.