Sprint Says It Will Light Up 800MHz with LTE in 2014
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.
Sprint Touts Network Progress
Sprint today offered a snapshot of the progress it has made deploying LTE around the country. According to its fourth quarter earnings, Sprint's LTE network now reaches 270 million POPs, up from 260 million in the previous quarter.
AT&T Targeting Summer Launch for LTE in WCS Spectrum
AT&T plans to begin deploying LTE service in its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum holdings this summer. AT&T acquired some WCS spectrum from NextWave in 2012 and more from Sprint in 2014.
Nextbit Robin CDMA Model to Support Sprint, Too
Nextbit today released the final set of specs for the CDMA variant of its Robin smartphone. The details reveal that the device is compatible with Sprint's CDMA network in addition to Verizon's.
Sprint Retires 'Spark' and Launches 'LTE Plus'
Sprint is rebranding its LTE 4G network in an effort to call attention to the technology involved in making the network tick. Sprint LTE Plus replaces the Sprint Spark name for the company's tri-band LTE network, which uses 800MHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.5GHz.
So was WiMax a success then?
How does 800mhz LTE compare to 700mhz LTE?
By 2014, Sprint might as well deploy LTE-A!!!