Sprint's Adib to report on the carrier's LTE build out at a company conference

Sprint's Adib to report on the carrier's LTE build out at a company conference
Fared Adib, senior vice president of product development and operations at Sprint Nextel, is planning on speaking Wednesday at Sprint's Open Solutions Conference in San Jose, Calif. Among the news he is planning on discussing is the fact that Sprint has sold 11 LTE enabled smartphone models this year, which puts the nation's third largest carrier well on the way to its goal of adding 15 such units to its lineup in 2012. Last month, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse told investors that the carrier had sold more than 1 million units of LTE supported phones even with an extremely limited LTE footprint.

During Adib's talk, it is expected that he will discuss the greater than 1 million femtocells that the carrier has placed throughout its network. The femtocells are small units that improve the quality of cellular communications. Sprint has met its goal of deploying over a million of them, starting with 250,000 deployed in March 2011. In late July, the carrier told the FCC in a filing that it had 950,000 femtocell units in place, a figure that has since risen by more than 50,000 in the last few months.

Sprint launched its LTE network in June and should cover 123 million POPs by the end of the year. But Sprint would still have a long way to go even if it meets that target. For example, Verizon's LTE network currently covers 235 million POPs which should reach 260 million by the the end of this year. AT&T currently covers 135 million POPs with its LTE signal, a figure that is expected to rise to 160 million by the end of 2012. Adib notes that Sprint has over 500 patents, more than Verizon and T-Mobile.

Sprint has recently agreed to sell 70% of the company to Japan's Softbank, a deal that still requires stockholder and regulatory approval.

source: FierceWireless



1. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I get a little frustrated with Sprint when I see news of new 4G LTE markets being turned on, but most of them are smaller towns and not any of the major cities. I got a GNex now, mainly because I wanted a 4G LTE phone and the pure Android experience. The phone is great, but the network? Anything but. I know Sprint is going to turn on 4G LTE in Charlotte, N.C., but honestly, I don't know if I can wait any longer. T_T

2. hcbarclay

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I COMPLETELY agree. I was once an employee of Sprint and I live in Indy and we have been having spotty LTE and no announcement as to when it will be completely live and unrestricted. They caught a lot of heat here locally for the poor service that customers have been experiencing. Honestly, I own a new business and cannot afford to have what I consider< "bargain basement service"...get with it Sprint!! Unlimited DATA IS NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP YOUR CUSTOMERS IF THEY DROP MULTIPLE CALLS A DAY!!!

3. Hamburglar

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

I too live in Indy. There were/are a lot of things I like(d) about Sprint. But they really do need to step up their coverage. I noticed a significant drop in coverage (especially data) when they brought the iPhone on board. Their data speeds went downhill quick and never recovered up until I switched to AT&T in February 2012. I would really like to go back to Sprint. But they are really going to have to improve their coverage, especially data. They need to build more towers to cover more area, attain better building penetration, and bump their data speeds. I was testing 200-300 kbps all around Indy when I left them. And I was using 3 different devices to get them numbers. I'm locked in for a little over a year with AT&T. So I am hoping they can get their act together before then. Otherwise I will probably just renew with AT&T.

4. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Also live in Indy (Southside) and also debated on leaving as my contract was about up from when I bought the original EVO. When I saw Indy was on the list of "100 Markets to launch in the coming months" I figured I'd hang around. 3G data was decent in some areas and atrocious in others. Where I work (Plainfield) I'll get 37Kbps connection! Now as of Monday I finally turned on the LTE on my GS3 and to my surprise, I have 4g all over the place. It works at my house, work, and other areas I'm at on a weekly basis like Greenwood. That being said, the 3G is still pretty bad and I thought the whole Network Vision was to improve 3G as well but I have yet to see that. It could be due to the fact that they have not officially launched this market but I'd thin kthey are getting close.

5. Contreramanjaro

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 04, 2011

Getting people on the LTE towers alone will improve 3G for those remaining devices. That being said I have to say the Indianapolis roll out is going pretty darn well for a place that wasn't expected to get done until December. I live in Muncie and there are reports of Sprint LTE up here too. Also, as a side note, in the last 6 or so years I've had Sprint I've had a whopping 5 dropped calls. And that includes some extensive time driving through the country. I guess I'm just lucky.

7. threeline

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

I was just up that way Indy/Muncie and Fort Wayne and I could barely maintain a signal and I have the Galaxy Nexus. So I have a hard time believing that one when all I did was drop calls for the week I was there. Sprint's service sucks and this is definitely my last round with them, I will pay more for reliable service.

10. Contreramanjaro

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 04, 2011

Yeah... I don't know what is causing your problem. Maybe the phone? It's not like the signal is fantastic but it's there. In fact, I've actually run a sensorly "map trip" thing from Muncie to Bloomington (phone got very warm) and it shows solid signal on the map. I have an Evo Design and before that the Instinct. I'm not trying to stop you leaving. I don't care at all. I just am throwing my 2 cents in since it's an area I'm familiar with. And an area I consistently have stronger signal than my ATT friends. If you leave may I suggest Verizon? Best of luck to you.

8. Hamburglar

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Have you tried testing the speed on Sprint's LTE coverage? I use the Speedtest app by Oookla. I am just curious about the numbers.

11. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Everyone is complaining about service in a small area. I just want to remind everyone of the topic at hand here and that also Sprint is a network that has a goal to expand across the country where populations exist the most. I'm not saying that nobody lives in your areas, but that a network can not be everywhere and that Sprint is a business that has to make many business decisions on what makes the most financial sense for their network AND their business. Verizon doesn't reach everywhere either, nor do i expect it too. A carrier doesn't suck because you can't make a call in your kitchen. bottom-line

6. Even4steven

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

I finally gave up and left for Verizon a few months ago. REAL 4G is unbelievable. The carrier is more important then the phone. There I said it...

9. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

I am in Atlanta and i can say its not just Indiana. I have had LTE turned on for over 2 months and It has actually gotten worse (LTE that is) 3g is not great but not horrible, I can still get a decent signal. WiMax is actually stronger than 3G sometimes. I still have an OG Evo here. They say I am covered but you know what that means. I am a breath away from AT&T. Dumping my tablet already got rid of the tablet and overdrive then by December the GNex may be gone and i will put the V950 on the account to ride out the contract.

12. maddashell

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Who's care's about patents. It's a bunch of beat around the bush type of s***. When is everybody going to get LTE. They have all these devices sold, with no service. That should be there main focus and that is getting LTE out to it's users. We are so far behind, by the time we get LTE, they'll have something out even better and faster. It's crap, F*** the patents, get LTE rolled out...........come on sprint!!!!!

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