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Sprint's First LTE-Ready Cluster Built in Kankakee

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Dec 29, 2011, 2:19 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sprint announced this week that it has built its first cluster of multi-modal base stations that are LTE-ready. This cluster of base stations has been deployed in Kankakee, Ill., and follows the single multi-modal base station put up in Branchburg, N.J., earlier this year. Though this cluster of base stations is capable of powering Sprint's forthcoming Long Term Evolution-based network in the Kankakee area, Sprint said to Phone Scoop in an email that "the cluster in Kankakee is not yet passing LTE traffic." The company has completed work on its back-office systems to support the new base stations, has eliminated most technical risks of the program, and validated its rapid LTE deployment schedule. Sprint said that it is on track to deploy its first LTE devices and services by the middle of 2012. Sprint also noted that it has met a number of milestones towards improving the performance of its CDMA-EVDO 3G network. Sprint says it has improved data speeds, boosted signal strength, and reduced the number of dropped calls across much of its 3G footprint. The Network Vision project should be complete by 2013.

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Sprint should have went with LTE in the first place BigRed75 Dec 29, 2011, 9:03 PM
Kankakee, really?! HatesBlackberrys Dec 29, 2011, 5:21 PM
millions would be affected!!!! jump454 Dec 30, 2011, 2:05 PM
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