Is Sprint looking to build an LTE network?

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Is Sprint looking to build an LTE network?
From the looks of things, Sprint might be thinking about hedging its bet on WiMax by building an LTE network. Kevin Packingham, Sprint V.P. of product and  technology development said, "There's nothing that prevents us from... moving to LTE," said the executive, "We're doing a technology evaluation and making a decision on our core network and how we want to evolve that going forward." The pin-dropping network feels that building out WiMax doesn't stop it from working on an alternative network. "We don't see WiMax and LTE as being mutually exclusive,"said Packingham. The carrier also issued a request for proposal (RFP) from 4G equipment manufacturers as it decides how to upgrade from the current CDMA network it runs in the 800MHz and 1900MHz bands. If Sprint does decide to build an LTE pipeline, it will join Verizon, AT&T and MeroPCS as LTE carriers in the U.S. The operator says that it has no set time-frame when it will  make a decision, but says that the public's response to the WiMax enabled EVO 4G handset-to be launched June 4th-will play a part in the decision. Besides all of this 4G talk, there is also speculation that Sprint will upgrade its 3G network to EV-DO rev.B.

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10 Comments

1. Gawain

Posts: 439; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Go for it Sprint...why the hell not? I mean, with $20B in debt, and the fact that you're juggling three standards already (CDMA, iDEN, and WiMax), just throw in a fourth. All that capital expenditure will lead to something right? Then you can have FOUR spotty standards all over the place that aren't making money and keeping the lights on. EV-DO Rev B. doesn't sound like such a bad idea...even better, see if EV-DV could work, combine voice and data together...probably better use of the limited spectrum anyway.

2. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

Someone must owe Sprint money.

3. bronxbomber

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

LMAO.

10. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

He may owe them money, but he makes a valid point!

4. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Sprint said from day one they weren't against going LTE. This won't necessarily be as bad as Gawain is making it out to be. They will keep WiMax for Clear and then start using LTE for cell phones. Later they can have LTE/WiMax air cards for Clear. I don't know if they would want to put that many radio's in a cell phone.

8. Gawain

Posts: 439; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

It may not be as bad as I'm painting it, but it's certainly not as rosy as you may be trying to counter. Clearwire has an operating margin of -425%. Negative-425%. The profit margin is -105%. $3B in debt, and roughly 650K customers. I'm not really talking about the service that Sprint offers. I'm talking about what appear to be a brash of terrible business decisions. If the current trends remain, they will never get out from under the acquisition of Nextel. They don't have any revenue from Clearwire to draw on. They don't have any revenue from their Tier 1 backbone to draw on. They don't have any telco facilities to draw revenue on. Contract customers are on the decline. They have invested heavily in WiMax and are now years behind in any practical application in LTE. I could understand if there is "buyer's remorse" with regards to WiMax, they've now isolated themselves from being able to share/roam/cross services with the other major carriers that will be rolling out LTE as early as this year.

5. onejerman

Posts: 1; Member since: May 22, 2010

Will the Evo work on both WiMax and LTE? What does this mean for the Evo? Will the Evo end up being a paperweight? I wasn't sure how quickly they could change to an LTE site and what it meant for the Evo. I know that they can't throw a switch and turn it on but I am worry that it could be less than 2 years. I have been with Sprint for over 10 years and I couldn't be happier with them. They have always been great to work with. I have reserved 2 Evo at Best Buy and I cant' wait to get them. Thanks for the comments.This is my first time posting anything.

6. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

The Evo will only work on WiMax, but it wouldn't be a paperweight. WiMax won't be abandoned. Future generations of the EVO might incorporate LTE.

7. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

To add, sprint does that premier program for early upgrades when your on a data plan for so long. what's even better is the trade in program running in the corporate stores... i'm thinking about trading in my hero for a chunk of change when the evo launches. that's the biggest reason why i dont like best buy, they don't trade in phones. besides, i don't mind waiting for a rebate check if i know im getting it back.

9. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

So Sprint has a cash for clunkers program then? Nice...

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