Sprint Offers LTE Progress Report
High Frequency first?
But my question to Sprint, or anyone who knows, why are they focusing on the 2.5 GHz spectrum next? It has lower building penetration and it requires roughly 10-20x (depending on the landscape) more cell towers than the 800 MHz spectrum.
They should be focusing on the 800 and 1900 MHz band first, 800 so they can get a lot of wide areas cover with good building penetration. Then use the 1900 MHz spectrum so they unload the 800 MHz band in high density areas, then use the 2.5 MHz in stadiums, hotels, airports, etc. where there is a potential...
Just more proof as to why they will always be behind Big Red and The Globe.
But technically, Sprint, like Verizon, has a spectrum block that is nationwide every corner, they wont use it like that though.
Lower frequencies are great to cover large areas easily and higher frequencies are great to cover small areas to fill in gaps or to raise network capacity in a denser population areas.
Things are looking up. Of course all the jaded Sprint customers and well understandably Sprint haters will be sharing their negative opinion on "how far" they are behind. However they fail to understand the strides they are making and the benefits of vision network. All the other carriers have the advantage because of the heard start and Sprints deci...
Sprint has already begun to deploy LTE in the former Nextel's 800MHz band, which it is repurposing for 4G. Sprint did not say where it is lighting up 800MHz LTE, nor when it expects to complete its 800MHz LTE network upgrades. The bigger picture concerns Sprint's 2.5GHz spectrum. Sprint plans to have 5,000 2.5GHz TD-LTE cell sites up and running by the end of 2013, and it will accelerate its 2.5GHz build-out during 2014.
From that part of the article I took it as the have plans on using the 2.5GHz band first.
Read more: Sprint to cover 100M POPs with 2.5 GHz LTE by end of 2014 - FierceWireless http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/sprint-co ver-100m-pops-25-ghz-lte-end-2014/2013-10-30# ixzz2jFAFhTOq
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The reason that 2.5GHz precedes 800SMR is a result of work that Clearwire was doing last year to migrate their WiMax network to TD-LTE.
See the following as a reminder:
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/clearwire-td-lte ... »
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/clearwire-slashe ... »
Perhaps it's coincidental but the 5000 sites Sprint is quoting as going live soon matches the number that Clearwire was readying as part of their initial migration.
800SMR, as is well known, was occupied by iDen unt...
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