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.
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.
AT&T Finally Using WCS Spectrum for LTE; Will Test LTE-U
AT&T has begun deploying LTE on its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum in a handful of markets around the country. Earlier this year, AT&T said it would begin the deployment by summer, and it is just meeting that commitment.
Sprint Doubles LTE Plus Footprint
Sprint today said it has doubled the availability of its LTE Plus coverage from 77 markets in November to more than 150 markets today. Some of the new markets include Boulder, Colo., West Palm Beach, Fla., Cleveland, Ohio, and Syracuse, N.Y.
So was WiMax a success then?
How does 800mhz LTE compare to 700mhz LTE?
By 2014, Sprint might as well deploy LTE-A!!!