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 Says Network Vision Is Basically Done
Sprint recently indicated that its years-long Network Vision project is coming to a close. Sprint's 1900MHz LTE network covers 260 million POPs, according to Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer, who made the comments at a Bank of America investor conference this week.
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.
Sprint to Kill Off WiMax Once and for All On Nov. 6, 2015
Sprint today confirmed it will permanently shutter its WiMax network on or around November 6, 2015. The company had previously said it would operate the failed 4G network until "the end of 2015." Sprint said it has identified 6,000 "redundant sites that we expect to decommission and terminate the underlying leases," as part of the process, which will save the company some money.
So was WiMax a success then?
How does 800mhz LTE compare to 700mhz LTE?
By 2014, Sprint might as well deploy LTE-A!!!