Sprint names their first LTE markets
posted by Ian M. / Jan 05, 2012, 3:27 PM
The first cities to get the Sprint LTE love are going to Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Sprint must be eager to get the ball rolling and catch up in a race in which they’ve already fallen behind both Verizon and AT&T.
Sprint jumped the gun with their 4G WiMax network a couple of years ago but shook things up a bit when they entered a 15 year LTE agreement with LightSquared. The planned 4G LTE rollout has of course encountered a few bumps along the road, with Sprint having to give LightSquared an extra 30 days to get FCC approval. Sprint must be confident that the approval will be given and that LightSquared will in fact be able to provide the needed spectrum for the 4G network.
There isn’t a definite time when these four markets are expected to get their 4G LTE service except for the mid 2012 timeframe. Yes, that is very vague but hopefully for the sake of Sprint becoming competitive in the LTE game it will be sooner rather than later. It should also be mentioned that in addition to getting covered in LTE these same markets will be getting 3G network upgrades as well, although there are no specifics.
First! Sprint needs some LTE!
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 3:27 PM 1
Whoever put the thumbs down, is wrong. They need to have a faster service and better phones. Good thing that they ARE getting the Galaxy Nexus.
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 7:36 PM 1
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no offense but whats up with texas getting 4 out of the 4 markets?????
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 3:34 PM 3
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Atlanta is not in Texas, it is in Georgia.
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 3:42 PM 7
I've always wondered how wireless carriers go about picking the markets they roll out new technologies. Verizon seemed pretty straight forward, but their roll out has been a lot faster than any of the companies. But Sprint waited forever to launch WiMAX in a larger market, even after it launched in multiple smaller markets. Does anyone know their method?
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 3:35 PM 1
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I'd have to imagine it's more complex then we think, hard to imagine it's just a crap shoot.. "let's throw darts on a map and wherever they land is where we'll start the LTE rollout." There are people being paid handsomely in Overland Park to study the variables of where to launch and when.
posted on Jan 08, 2012, 11:18 AM 0
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The smaller cities is always for testing, and then they choose the place that has the majority of their wireless users.
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 3:51 PM 0
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once again as i sprint employee i knew nothing... thanks phonearena !!
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 4:15 PM 5
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Well that kind of blows. I was hoping Sprint would focus its LTE rollout on markets that currently do not have WiMax, since they are supposedly going to continue to support WiMax for at least 3 more years. Oh well, I hope Sprint carries through with their claim of "aggressively" rolling out their LTE network over 2012 and my home market gets 4G support sooner than later.
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 7:17 PM 1
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Wouldn't it be smarter to start rolling out LTE in markets where there isn't LTE yet all the city's they are rolling out in already have AT&T and Verison LTE so why not roll out in a city like say Philadelphia where there is no LTE
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 9:07 PM 0
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Excited to get this device on Sprint. We need some LTE action in the Detroit Market!!!
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 9:18 PM 0
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Me too, however, if the wimax roll out is any indicator of when we'll see LTE it could take anywhere from a few years to never. When/if it gets here it won't be a minute too soon, I am getting pretty sick of my 100-400kbps speeds and having to take crap from all the iphone wielding verizon butt munchers.....at least I pay half as much as them.
posted on Jan 18, 2012, 8:43 PM 0
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