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Sprint Offers LTE Progress Report

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High Frequency first?

by johnhr2    Oct 30, 2013, 11:54 AM

I understand why Sprint had to use the 1900 MHz first, Nextel was still using the 800 MHz and they were waiting for approval of full ownership of Clear before they start using the 2.5 GHz for LTE.

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 of very high density of people in a small area. Also in bigger cities like NY and SF for example they could also put 2.5 MHz on the towers to help unload people on the streets off of the 800 and 1900 MHz bands so signal quality, speed, and congestion is better maintained.

Can anyone explain what the politics are as to why Sprint isn't doing this?

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