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Sprint Says It Will Light Up 800MHz with LTE in 2014

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Apr 13, 2012, 7:21 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Apr 13, 2012, 7:33 AM

Sprint recently revealed the timing of its planned LTE deployment on its 800MHz spectrum holdings. Speaking to reporters at its headquarters, senior vice president of networks Bob Azzi said that the company is targeting 2014 to offer its LTE network in the 800MHz band in addition to its 1900MHz band. Sprint will first deploy LTE in its G block of 1900MHz spectrum in a 5x5MHz channel in the middle of this year in 6 different markets. Sprint is still using its 800MHz spectrum to service iDEN customers, but is slowly transitioning those customers to its CDMA-based Direct Connect service, which operates in the 1900MHz band. The timing of the switch to 800MHz for LTE depends on how quickly the company can migrate its iDEN customers to CDMA, though the company has previously said it will cease offering iDEN-based services in 2013. It plans to turn off iDEN service at 9,600 cell towers by the end of this year. Azzi also indicated that the carrier is having discussions with smaller, regional carriers about LTE roaming, though he didn't provide any specifics.

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Apr 13, 2012, 6:03 PM

So was WiMax a success then?

6 LTE markets by 2014? Should Sprint have just stuck with EVDO and tried to get LTE sooner?
I wouldn't call WiMax a failure as much as I would call it a gamble that didn't pay out. I understand that Sprint was trying to be first with 4G and was sitting on use or lose spectrum, so they used it. As it stands now, Sprint will still have to su...

Apr 13, 2012, 8:22 AM

How does 800mhz LTE compare to 700mhz LTE?

Can similar speeds be expected on 800mhz LTE compared to 700mhz LTE?

By 2014, Sprint might as well deploy LTE-A!!!
You wont notice any speed difference because of a frequency difference that small. The largest difference in speed is determined by how much of the 800/900 MHz Sprint will use for LTE. They need at least 10 MHz channels up and down to compete with V...
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