Replying to: 4G Coverage by Tarheel4life
Sprintâ€™s been having a lot of trouble lighting up new WiMax towers as of late â€“ itâ€™s been a REALLY, REALLY long time since we last saw another city get 4G. Part of it is due to Clearwireâ€™s financial situation thatâ€™s all but frozen their efforts to expand their WiMax offering.
If you thought Sprint might have wanted to consider LTE before because of the situation, then youâ€™ll be happy to learn that theyâ€™ll probably have no choice. PC World caught up with Sprintâ€™s Bob Azzi, who is their senior vice president of networks.
If Sprint wanted to move on without Clearwire, then theyâ€™d have to use LTE technology because the spectrum they own will soon only be compatible with LTE after a rebanding occurs. Theyâ€™ll go from 120MHz in the 1900MHz band to 14MHz in the 800MHz band.
And the conversion wouldnâ€™t be hard at all, says PC World, as all itâ€™ll take is installing new baseband cards at their network facilities and running a software upgrade. Itâ€™s clear Sprintâ€™s hand is being gripped so tightly that theyâ€™re looking to make a major move â€“ any major move â€“ sometime this year. And fortunately for Sprint users, an LTE conversion might be the only route to go.
- Re: 4G Coverage by Tarheel4life