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Sprint announces network strategy update: "aggressive LTE roll-out"

0. phoneArena posted on 07 Oct 2011, 08:53

The day has come for Sprint’s official strategy update event and it will mostly focus around network news…

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posted on 07 Oct 2011, 09:02 3

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Let's see what Sprint is doing. I am VERY interested.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 09:03

2. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Hm...mixed signals...Why is Sprint talking about "...evolution of 3G and 4G" and then in the next breath, "...The answer is the iPhone?" The iPhone 4S is not even WiMAX compatible.

Ok, so is he talking about the iPhone 5/6/2.0? I can't believe Apple would change its marketing strategy and allow Sprint to announce an LTE iPhone today...especially with the 4S not even available, yet. I guess we shall see, since this story is "developing."

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 09:16 1

3. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)

no the answer is iPhone due to the fact that Sprint is losing subscribers because of it. Now that it is offered we will be gaining more subscribers, and causing less churn. Forcing sales people into qualifying customers, and creating a much better experience. The extra revenue created by the iPhone and gain in subscribers will allow Sprint to agressively roll out the LTE transition. It makes sense that with all carriers being on LTE that a version of the iPhone will come with an LTE radio. It only makes sense. There is no 1x version of it, because everyone has 3g...

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:15

20. Laron (unregistered)

Well put.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 09:21 1

4. Sprintemployee316 (unregistered)

Because Vette21man Hesse is talking about it evolution because one we are making our 3g(CDMA) better and giving it more spectrum so you don't have a clogged network(ATT) and the 4g because it's evolving from WiMax to LTE. Apparently you need to go back and reread this and you'll understand!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 10:08

12. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Agreed...I posted too soon! This does seem to make sense...it seems when current iPhone 4S customers are ready for upgrade, Sprint's LTE network should be widely in place, so that an LTE iPhone can thrive.

For next year, it remains questionable for Apple...release an LTE iPhone? Wondering if enough markets in any carrier will be wide enough by then. This would make even more sense for Apple to fully redesign the next iPhone...as adopting LTE (and larger screen) will undoubtedly require better battery management (possibly larger battery).

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 09:24 2

5. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

I'm predicting the end of unlimited data plan.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 09:31

6. perry83 (unregistered)

Being a sprint customer and sprint vendor employee im excited about these network changes. The improved 3g and the "aggreessive rollout of LTE" will help 4G get to where I live faster.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 09:39

8. perry83 (unregistered)

With these network changes (IDEN Decommission, Clearwire + Lightsquared spectrum holdings) Sprint will be able to increase capacity beyond VZW, ATT, & T-Mo, which puts less strain on the network and help them avoid data caps/throttling on phones.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 09:35

7. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

I'd like to know exactly what is meant by "Commitment tio WiMax". Stating that WiMax devices will be sold throughout 2012 tells me that Sprint has the intentions of supporting that technology until at least the end of 2014.

Does this mean that Sprint will continue to expand it's markets with 4G coverage (no new markets introduced in a long time), or merely support its existing areas of coverage? I hope it's the former, as I hate to think that I'm going to have to wait until summer of 2013 to purchase a subsidized LTE phone before I get to experience 4G speed in my home market. Love the phones, customer service, and pricing that Sprint offers. Hate waiting for the technology to catch up to the other big players.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 09:46

9. Victor.H (Posts: 785; Member since: 27 May 2011)

I was just finishing the article adding this stuff - on the slides Sprint showed, it says the company will cover 120 million users with its WiMAX network in 2012, and the number will stay the same in 2013. So that means it won't add new 4G markets, but will instead focus on 4G. Sorry to break the bad news!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 09:55

10. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

it probably just means "we arent going to shut it off for 3-4 years" same thing their "commitment to IDEN" meant.

Basically, when LTE rolls out, it looks like they have a 2 year window until they cover the network with it.. so dont buy a wimax phone after the LTE one's start rolling out.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 09:57

11. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

That's messed up!. But thanks for the additonal info Victor. Hopefully Sprint will do the right thing and give some kind of early upgrade subsidy to it's existing WiMax device users (especially to those residing in new LTE, non-WiMax markets).

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 10:47

13. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

No Victor.

What this means, is that there will be no more added WiMAX markets. WiMAX currently

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 10:50

14. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

No Victor.

What this means, is that there will be no more added WiMAX markets. WiMAX currently has 71 markets covering 120 million pops. LTE will overlap and extend to far more markets covering 270 million pops.

John B.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 11:03

15. skymitch89 (Posts: 1363; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

From what I understand, it would mean that after 2013 Sprint will no longer be expanding WiMax coverage; but will instead be adding/expanding LTE coverage. Also, they plan to cover their current WiMax areas with LTE.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:27

17. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

Actually, looking at the map to which Victor was referring (the overlapping circles), I'm inclined to believe Sprint is going to focus a lot of its initial LTE growth in markets that do not currently have WiMax coverage, as it is showing 123MM covered in 2012, but only a 67MM LTE/WiMax overlap. To me that means 56MM current customers w/o 4G service will be able to step up to the 4G all-you-can-eat buffet.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 12:34

18. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

Before someone else corrects me, let me restate that the map refers to "population" covered by LTE and WiMax, not necessarily "customers". But still the same assumption that a good number of new markets will be getting LTE early in the transition, while a lot of current WiMax markets will remain as-is till sometime in 2013.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 11:05

16. skymitch89 (Posts: 1363; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

It'd be nice if they do get almost all their LTE coverage done by end of 2013. That would mean that once I'm done with my contract in 2013, I'd be able to upgarde to an LTE device (if I don't before then).

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:25

19. bweave (unregistered)

Sprint couldn't add more WiMax markets because Clear is broke. After all, Sprint had a distribution deal with Clear as a major stakeholder, but they don't own the network. They have to offer support for WiMax for a period of 10 years per an agreement with the FCC that was signed when they moved to adopt WiMax. As a customer for 8+ years I am glad to see Sprint being run by someone with a vision for the company. My only hope is that it hasn't come to late.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 17:15

21. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

I hope it works for Sprint and consumers.

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