Clearwire Pulls Back the Reigns on LTE Build-Out
Clearwire indicated that it has significantly cut down plans to deploy TDD-LTE cell sites during 2013. The company originally intended to activate about 5,000 TDD-LTE sites around the country by the middle of 2013. Clearwire has reduced that number by 60%, down to just 2,000 sites. "We want to make sure our LTE network is built in conjunction or alignment with Sprint introducing devices capable of using it," explained Clearwire CEO Erik Prusch during the company's quarterly results call with analysts. "This is prudent and it preserves cash so we don't build in advance of the revenue stream." Prusch noted that Sprint won't debut devices capable of using its 2.5GHz LTE network until the second quarter of 2013, and won't bring a 2.5GHz-capable LTE handset to the market until the third quarter of 2013. Clearwire said that it will have about 800 TDD-LTE sites up and running by the end of this year and should activate the 2,000th site by June 2013. Many of Clearwire's cell sites are LTE-ready, requiring only a minor equipment and software update to switch to LTE. Sprint's current LTE hardware uses its 1900MHz PCS spectrum.
Sprint's WiMax Shutdown May Halt Service for Charities
Sprint plans to deactivate its WiMax network on Nov. 6, but some charities say the change will eliminate internet service for some 300,000 Americans altogether.
Sprint Says LTE Plus Now Available In New York City
Sprint today announced that its LTE Plus wireless service is available across all five boroughs of New York City. LTE Plus relies on Sprint's three LTE bands (800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2.5 GHz) and carrier aggregation to improve capacity and speed.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
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.
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