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Replying to:  Sprint needs the spectrum by michael_herc   Jul 6, 2013, 12:05 PM

Re: Sprint needs the spectrum

by Jaden10    Jul 7, 2013, 11:23 AM

The SoftBank Merger has NOTHING to do with spectrum, if it did have ANYTHING to do with spectrum they would not have killed off iDEN, which did have to do with valuable spectrum. Sprint's major drawback has been they have been using the PCS band for cellular, 1xRTT and EVDO. They were partners with Clearwire so they could use the WiMAX which runs in the 2.5 Ghz range. All of which have horrible penetration when it comes to buildings, trees, and distance.

With Sprint refarming the 806–824Mhz and 851–869Mhz will give sprint not only valuable spectrum for CDMA and LTE, but a Competitive edge against Verizon and AT&T as well as other regional carriers through out the country that use the Cellular bands.

While I am a fan of the little guy, and Sprint will have a great advantage I am more of a fan of T-Mobile because they did what sprint could not do. They built out a faster 3G/4G HSPA+ using Spectrum they already had, and then went the AT&T/T-Mobile merger thankfully fell through, T-Mobile gained much needed spectrum to build out their LTE.

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