Sprint to integrate Clearwire's spectrum and take it national

Sprint to integrate Clearwire's spectrum and take it national
Thanks to a pair of recently closed acquisitions, Sprint will be able to take Clearwire's 2.5 GHz spectrum for TD-LTE nationwide. Now 78% owned by Japan's SoftBank after that deal closed, Sprint all of a sudden has gone from pauper to Prince with access to the money it needs to take Clearwire's spectrum coast to coast. And for that happen, Sprint had to close its purchase of the rest of the network wholesaler that it didn't already own.

Steve Elfman, president of network operations at Sprint, spoke during the company's conference call after reporting second quarter earnings on Tuesday. Elfman says that the company will add Clearwire's 2.5 GHz spectrum on all of its 38,000  Network Vision cell sites and will add it to even more cell sites when it rolls out the spectrum nationally. Currently, Clearwire has 100MHz of spectrum in the top 100 markets.

While originally Sprint planned on using Clearwire's spectrum on 5000 cell sites as an LTE flavored Hot Spot to offload network traffic in urban markets. But the additional $5 billion in capital it received from SoftBank as part of the acquisition allowed the nation's third largest carrier the luxury of making the change. Now, Sprint will integrate Clearwire's spectrum with it's own capacity.

It is not known how many Clearwire sites will be up and running on Sprint's cell sites by the end of the year. Elfman says, "We'll have several thousand sites up this year because of the work that Clearwire was doing before us." The whole process of integrating Clearwire's spectrum should be completed by the end of 2014. The deployment means that Sprint will be adding antennas to its sites which will result in faster bottom-line speeds for customers.

source: FierceWireless



14. mike2959

Posts: 700; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Nextel platform was everywhere? Ummm... No. It was horrible. People look at the information that's out there! It was horrific. Sprint is piecing their network from Nextel, Clear, the old 3G, Wimax sites...my god it's Frankenstein! The facts are this... AT&T has better coverage, At&T 4G LTE is in almost every major city, when you fall back on AT&T version of 3G HSPA+, it smokes both Verizon and Sprints 3G. Better phones, more selection of phones....yeah I know I pay more..Tell me someone, anyone,TODAY what does Sprint DOMINATE in?

13. mike2959

Posts: 700; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

They were in position to out pace the big 2, 5 years ago with the WIMAX roll out. Lol, It was a joke, a absolute waste of company assets, over 6 billion. People stop defending them. Look at the CURRENT maps. Look it's okay, I was hoping and praying for 5 years as well, just dump them. Northeast Ohio At&T LTE over 25 download, and when it falls back to HSPA+ 8-12 download. If TMO had better coverage, I would be with them. Even Verizon's 3G top end is 2 on the down.

10. bweaver731

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

It is obvious someone doesn't understand frequency coverage. Not sure how long you've been with Sprint, but the Nextel platform had coverage darn near anywhere. That is why Direct Connect was so popular. The 800mhz that they are refarming will give them greater building penetration and I believe their road map shows it will be used for LTE and 3G technologies. The difference for Sprint is that they will also be operating LTE on the 1900 mhz and 2500 mhz frequencies. While they don't have the building penetration of the lower frequency, they will ensure that Sprint has the largest amount of Bandwith to offer their customers. With the smart multi mode base stations that they are utilizing and the incorporation of tri-band chips in their next set of flagship phones, Sprint is positioning themselves to outpace the Big Two. Now as a long term Sprint customer I have my fears on their execution of this plan, but I can see in my market (Columbus, OH) that they have been turning on LTE and upgrading 3G even though our market isn't on any official list. Check out S4GRU.com if you want more info on what is going on in your area.

9. mike2959

Posts: 700; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

2500mhz penetration will be horrible. This company is so confused. First the 6 billion investment in WIMAX. Then we're going to use the Nextel 850mhz, to this. Oh and by the way THEY ARE NOT ADDING ADDITIONAL CELL SITES, look around do you see any new sites? You can easily search the FCC for new applications. If you have poor coverage now with Sprint, you will have poor coverage when they turn on whatever version of LTE service.

12. reybanz

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

I wish people like you would do research and tell facts. The coverage is actually getting better with the same sites because of newly designed antennas that are way more efficient and broadcast much further. 2 the Nextel 800Mhz is already in use for voice the LTE is being added everyday but not turned on yet. 3 they had to invest in Wimax to keep from losing the spectrum completely. 4 the network is taking longer because they are rebuilding every site from the ground up, they also have to add fiber to every site which alot of which is coming from AT&T and Verizon and they wait until the very last second to add it. Also every carrier is upgrading their networks simulaniously and they're all competing for the few people available to service towers.

7. Geezy03

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

Hey I've been patiently waiting on LTE here in Detroit and while most areas have it, some still don't. But the areas that do its fast and I know they're working hard on improving in metro Detroit

11. reybanz

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

I know right! Everywhere I go now has LTE for the most part and its fast as sh*t even the 3G is much faster, sometimes I don't know which network I'm on cuz the latency is so low on both. Sprint is really working hard in Michigan!

6. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Patience is a virtue. While all my colleagues and friends have been complaining of their bills as of lately from their carriers, I have adapted to Sprint's network for the last 8 years with no complaints. I don't yet need the speeds that the other carriers are offering. WiFi works just fine and the office and most places I frequent have WiFi. For this reason, I see no need to pay Verizon or AT&T extra dollars for something not needed in places that have supplemental access to faster speeds. I literally have saved thousands of dollars over the years on Sprint's network. As Sprint builds out its network now, I can feel rest assured that waiting to have the latest and greatest, is mind settling and often worth the wait. John B.

4. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

2.5 ghz really.how about that 800mhz left over from Nextel

2. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Bring 4g LTE to Sacramento you sissies!!!!

1. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

They guaranteed unlimited data for life, but the reason why I can't jump back to Sprint is simple because of their crappy coverage and terrible data speeds in my area.

3. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Looks like they might be solving that problem to a large extent.

5. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

If you were on the outskirts they should be solving that soon with 800 MHz, and the clearwire will give them capacity...theyll probably have to add quite a lot of cell sites though since it doesnt travel as far. I would say check them out in like a year.

8. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Where do you live?

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