Sprint gets the green light from SoftBank to proceed with large-scale network densification

Sprint gets the green light from SoftBank to proceed with large-scale network densification
Sprint owns huge portions of spectrum compared to the other national carriers in the United States, however, many of those licenses are in higher frequencies, like much of its 2.5GHz properties from the now defunct Clearwire operations

Some of that spectrum has been converted from the WiMAX standard to LTE, and now covers roughly 125 million people with TD-LTE service.

Higher frequencies can manage huge amounts of bandwidth at very high speeds, but the propagation of the signals are not very efficient since the higher the frequency, the less likely it can penetrate buildings, or travel long distances without huge amounts of power.

One way to overcome those obstacles is to increase the density of cell sites on the network. Sprint is already building out capacity through existing projects in more rural parts of the country. It has had plans to adding thousands of sites to its network as well, and now it appears it has been given the go-ahead by parent company, SoftBank.

This “Next Generation Network” initiative will ultimately ensure ubiquitous Voice-over-LTE service, and will incorporate Wi-Fi as a key component of the strategy. Sprint has not offered firm number as to how many sites will be built, but it will certainly include a series of micro and macro cells. The carrier has also declined to mention the cost of the project, but it is already reviewing proposals from vendors that responded to an RFP. With so much higher-band spectrum available, the densification plan is as much about performance as it is about coverage.

How long will this densification plan take? Likely the better part of the next two years.

source: FierceWireless

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8 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Until then Sprint needs to change their name because it doesn't fit lol.

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Meh. So a year and a half ago my family left Sprint for AT&T because Sprint's coverage and network speed were horrendous here in Seattle and it's surrounding suburbs. I used to get 200 Kbps everywhere I went with my old HTC One M7. I swore I would never pay for Sprint service again. Fast forward to today and here I have a FreedomPop ZTE Force as my secondary(backup) phone. I paid $25 for the phone and have free service. It's got only one of Sprints LTE bands (1900 MHz). I occasionally see it riding on their LTE network. It gets speeds in the range of 10-20 Mbps. Not horrible. However it still rides on their EVDO network most of the time. It's 2015... EVDO speeds are unacceptable. Sprint still sucks. But I stayed true to my word. I still don't pay for their service.

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Same here. I switched my Sprint GS3 over to FreedomPop and have it as a backup. And it's good I have it, because I forgot my main Cricket phone at home today.

3. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Sprint works for me. Been with them for 8 yrs and they are getting better.

4. engineer-1701d unregistered

been with them 14 years they suck they need to densify whats here then add rural and others try to keep people give them a reason to stay sprint, i really am thinking t-mobile

5. AFnerdTP unregistered

i think it really depends on where you live because i get consistent speed where i live, in the suburb of Chicago. every region in the US has different services that are better than others imo.. and yes, Verizon is better than most in a lot of areas, and you pay for that service. i'm perfectly content with their $50 unlimited plan with the service i get.

6. mofoliar

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

I like the $60 unlimited.. compared to Tmobile plan that i was on... Though Tmobile actually works better where i live (95969) compared to Sprint.. but it will do for now... hope they increase coverage for the better!!

8. B00M_SHAKALAKA

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I'm in the National Guard and every military installation I got to everyone else (other carriers) have better signal then me . I've never fully had use of my phone anywhere I go and it's getting old.

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