Sprint Offers LTE Progress Report
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Replying to: High Frequency first? by johnhr2
Sprint does things backward, that is why. Sprint is so focused on providing the highest speed possible, and in the 2.5Ghz frequency, it not only has a higher data speed but more capacity - they also have 120Mhz of spectrum in that band to use versus 10Mhz in the 1900 PCS D-Block and 10Mhz to use in the 800 ESMR band. While 1900 PCS bands from A through D will open up in the future on Sprint, right now their focus is on providing more capacity, something they have not much of left on the D-Block PCS which is where their LTE is running, but also on speed. When you look at only 60mbps using the 2.5Ghz spectrum, compared to other carriers pushing that over 700Mhz and even T-Mobile on their AWS, it really looks bad. It looks even worse if you look at the speeds on PCS and ESMR which actually get between 1mbps - 4mbps average on a good day, clear line of site to the towers. Think I am kidding? Come to San Francisco and be baffled why it has taken Sprint 18 months already to deploy an LTE network that constantly lacks data and fails. Their spectrum is THAT bad.
As I said, Sprint does things backward. They do not intend to satisfy customers or early adopters who were told to move to LTE from WiMAX because we would be getting better speed, coverage, and it would be worth the wait, because it simply isnt. Unlike other carriers out there, Sprint remains the only one with a loss of postpaid customers. There is a reason. Deploying LTE like this is the biggest.
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