Sprint to Demo Its 2.5GHz Network Technology
Sprint is prepared to demonstrate new wireless networking technology at an event in Silicon Valley today. The demonstration will show how Sprint plans to use its 2.5GHz spectrum holdings to deliver even faster mobile broadband, reports The Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with Sprint's plans, both the networking technology and handsets that can use it will be available to consumers soon. At issue, notes the Journal, is whether or not the 2.5GHz spectrum will suffice for Sprint's network plans. Signals sent across higher spectrum bands don't propagate as well as they do across lower spectrum bands. Sprint explained that it will have to build 12 to 15 cell towers with 2.5GHz to match the coverage provided by just one cell site with 700MHz. The Journal did not note what this new networking technology is, but Sprint is in the middle of deploying its LTE network around the country. To-date, it has been using its 1900MHz spectrum holdings for LTE. However, Sprint has long planned to use 2.5GHz for LTE, as well. The FCC has already approved devices that include LTE support in the 2.5GHz band, and Sprint sells one mobile hotspot with that spectrum on board. SoftBank, which acquired a 79% equity stake in Sprint earlier this year, also uses 2.5GHz spectrum for its own network in Japan.
Masayoshi Son Would Consider Selling Sprint Spectrum
SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son indicated he'd be willing to sell some of the company's 2.5GHz spectrum assets to keep Sprint funded. Sprint gained a massive amount of 2.5GHz spectrum holdings when it purchased Clearwire.
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.
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.
Sprint to Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Sprint today said it will not participate in the 600MHz reverse auction planned for next year. The company believes its spectrum position is "sufficient to provide its current and future customers great network coverage." Sprint owns significant amounts of spectrum, but much of it is concentrated in the 2.5GHz range.
A 15:1 ratio?!?
Plus more then 1 band
We also know that the 1900 has some of the same problems...
OH OH OH I know....NEXTELS 800 freq!!!! Which has the good building penetration.
Which is why we have been waiting on a tri band phone....
so put them all together, and people inside AND outside, and hope that it all works and hands off the way it should....And we should all be happy campers....
NOW GET ME A EARLY G2 TO TRY OUT HERE IN UTAH, WHICH IS ALREADY RUNNING HOT WITH 2500!!!!!!!!!
More than one device