Sprint Could Fire Up Nationwide LTE by 2013
Top message: What happened to Wi-Max being superior? by justfinethanku
Replying to: Re: Wimax does have serious advantages over lte by Jayshmay
I personally don't know why they wouldn't stick with the WiMax/WiMax2 family given that's what they have already and it works. I do have a theory tho...
This new "network evolution" from Sprint sounds kind of routine upon first inspection but some interesting things are happening along with it.
Sprint is going to sell a giant chunk of spectrum to Lightsquared. Apparently this network upgrade will free up tons of spectrum for Sprint. Lightsquared is then going to use this spectrum to build a "nationwide" LTE network. MetroPCS just announced that it will be partnering up with Lightsquared to get more LTE coverage. There's been some speculation as to what spectrum they will be using but my guess is 2600. It makes the most sense because even Sprint said the network upgrade would be to convert the old iden 800 to cdma and at the same time upgrade the entire cdma network to 1xAdvanced. This leaves them with 2600... and still not compatible with ATT/VZW LTE.
That's where Lightsquared comes in... They could offer 2600 LTE to smaller carriers such as MetroPCS, possibly even US Cellular, Cricket and other smaller carriers. This could then turn into a roaming backbone for Sprint and keep the cost of the 2600 radios cheaper since these carriers would all need the same radio.
Now this is all speculation on my part, but I've seen those company's names in unrelated yet still related news articles recently all making moves at the same time. That's never a coincidence.
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