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Sprint's LTE to Launch On 1900MHz Only

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Expect lower LTE speeds a la MetroPCS


Jan 10, 2012, 2:52 PM
Since they will be using the same 1900MHz for LTE. I think Sprint does a lot of spectrum there anyway though so maybe it won't be that bad.

It could work out for them with ESMR on the horizon. They gotta get rid of iDEN already. Isn't this the year or is it next year?
Rich Brome

Jan 13, 2012, 5:09 PM
The band doesn't mean it will be slower. If anything, higher frequencies are better for higher speeds.

But bandwidth is key, and since LTE will be sharing bandwidth with CDMA, (like MetroPCS,) it could be limited. The situation will vary greatly by market. They'll have good LTE speeds in some cities; worse in others.

Putting more CDMA (and thus more voice) in the ESMR (iDEN) band is key. You may see them offering incentives encouraging people to upgrade to CDMA 800 (ESMR) capable phones in some cities, to free up the 1900 band for more LTE.

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