Sprint Now Says No LTE Gear Until Second Half of 2012
The "highest demand"
Rural areas essentially mean fewer customers per square foot, which means fewer customers to pay for the equipment needed to supply service to them. It's pretty much the same reason the cable and telephone companies don't do it. The revenue simply doesn't justify the expense.
Sprint also needs to seriously expand their service footprint. AT&T and/or Verizon are everywhere...
Probably not gonna happen. Sprint is unlikely to expand its rural footprint greatly because Sprint, as it has done all along, would have to build the network from the ground up. Such a move would cost billions of dollars, take years upon years to accomplish, and require even longer to produce a return on investment.
VZW and/or AT&T "are everywhere" because they have bought dozens of preexisting wireless carriers and their networks. The keyword is "bought," as opposed to "built." All told, VZW and AT&T have constructed relatively little new footprint. Instead, they have absorbed 10, 1...
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