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Sprint's LTE to Launch On 1900MHz Only

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Jan 10, 2012, 2:36 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

All of the Long Term Evolution 4G devices released by Sprint this year will use only its 1900MHz spectrum, said Sprint spokesperson David Owen in an interview with Phone Scoop. Right now, Sprint doesn't have access to Clearwire's spectrum nor LightSquared's spectrum for LTE services, so it will repurpose its 1900MHz spectrum assets to handle both its current CDMA voice/data network and future LTE data network. Sprint plans to launch the LTE network, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and LG Viper at approximately the same time, but couldn't commit to a specific date. Sprint believes its LTE roll-out will be complete by the end of 2013, though Owen wouldn't say how Clearwire and LightSquared's spectrum and LTE networks will play a role in that final 4G picture. Clearwire will not, however, expand its WiMax network beyond what it already covers and will eventually transition to LTE. Owen said that Sprint's goal is to offer smartphones and mobile hotspots that provide good battery life and fast internet speeds, no matter what network technology is being used. The new tri-network (CDMA, WiMAX, LTE) mobile hotspot offers that for data-hungry customers. Owen said that tri-network phones are cost prohibitive, so it will offer CDMA/WiMax and CDMA/LTE devices at the same time as it completes its transition from WiMax to LTE 4G networking technologies.

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BigRed75

Jan 10, 2012, 2:52 PM

Expect lower LTE speeds a la MetroPCS

Since they will be using the same 1900MHz for LTE. I think Sprint does a lot of spectrum there anyway though so maybe it won't be that bad.

It could work out for them with ESMR on the horizon. They gotta get rid of iDEN already. Isn't this the year or is it next year?
The band doesn't mean it will be slower. If anything, higher frequencies are better for higher speeds.

But bandwidth is key, and since LTE will be sharing bandwidth with CDMA, (like MetroPCS,) it could be limited. The situation will vary gre...
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Volaris

Jan 10, 2012, 3:09 PM

What about 3G EVDO?

If they're launching LTE on their 1900 band (which is what their CDMA EVDO 2G/3G network works on nationwide)... won't that restrict/hurt 3G users more than the new LTE users? I thought their 3G network was already being hammered by all the unlimited data smartphone users they have?
Volaris said:
If they're launching LTE on their 1900 band (which is what their CDMA EVDO 2G/3G network works on nationwide)... won't that restrict/hurt 3G users more than the new LTE users? I thought their 3G network was already be
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