Sprint Targeting First Half of 2013 for LTE-Advanced
Sprint plans to deploy Long Term Evolution-Advanced on its 800MHz spectrum during the first half of 2013, said an executive at the 4G World trade show today. Iyad Tarazi, vice president of network development at Sprint, said that the company will deploy LTE-Advanced Release 10 in a 10x10 configuration. It believes it can achieve download speeds in the 12Mbps to 15Mbps range with that set-up. Sprint will begin deploying standard LTE on its 1900MHz spectrum by mid-2012. It will offer data over LTE and voice over its CDMA network, though it will eventually transition to voice-over-LTE in 2013. Sprint believes it can have between 250 million and 277 million POPs covered by its LTE network by the end of 2013. The company plans to launch 12 devices running LTE in 2012.
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.
Verizon Debuts LTE Advanced with 50% Faster Speeds
Verizon Wireless today said it has launched LTE Advanced service in 461 markets around the country, covering some 288 million POPs or 90% of Americans. Verizon's LTE Advanced relies on two- and three-channel carrier aggregation to boost speed and capacity.
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 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.
no 10 MHz x 10 MHz configuration in SMR 800 MHz spectrum
Those two intentions are incompatible with one another. Sprint's reconfigured SMR 800 MHz X band 12 MHz license is 6 MHz x 6 MHz. So, Sprint can deploy LTE 800 in a 5 MHz x 5 MHz configuration. If Sprint is to deploy LTE in a 10 MHz x 10 MHz configuration, that will have to be in PCS 1900 MHz or BRS/EBS 2500-2600 MHz spectrum.
For related info, see my previous post on CDMA band class 10 in SMR 800 MHz spectrum:
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Good catch man! Someone has their wires crossed on this article!
2012-2013 is going to be a very exciting year for Sprint.
This will teach ATT a lesson
I don't have Sprint no more but this is the first time in a ling time that they jump head first into something that is a smart decision. I still could care less bout them tho. VZW still will look into deploying it