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Sprint Offers LTE Progress Report

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Replying to:  High Frequency first? by johnhr2   Oct 30, 2013, 11:54 AM

Re: High Frequency first?

by crossedsignals    Oct 30, 2013, 10:19 PM   edited Oct 30, 2013, 10:36 PM

S4GRU posters are reporting active 2.5GHz LTE in several markets so the LTE roll out progression is indeed 1.9GHz -> 2.5GHz -> 800MHz SMR.

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 ... »

and

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 until June of this year.

In other words, the 2.5GHz migration had a head start.

Also to suggest an answer to the question of why the sites weren't live on the original timetable, refer to the U.S. Government's requirement that Sprint remove Huawei equipment from Clearwire's network in order to secure approval to acquire Clearwire. That, among other things, probably caused the delay.

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