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Top message:  Multiple networks by cellphonesaretools   Oct 2, 2013, 12:15 AM

Replying to:  Re: Multiple networks by vercetti   Oct 3, 2013, 10:47 AM

Re: Multiple networks

by cellphonesaretools    Oct 5, 2013, 3:14 PM

vercetti said:
you have your facts messed up. Sprints network is CDMA, it use to be CDMA and IDEN. Wimax and LTE are not networks, they are PCI cards in a computer and parts on a CDMA tower, you can hotswap the cards to change technology as part of their new network vision project. They have one network currently, CDMA. Think of LTE like a scope on the gun...you add it, the gun remains the same, just has an add on now...same LTE is an add on to the CDMA tower sprint uses.


No, you are confused between the term "Network Vision" and "network". CDMA is Sprint's standalone CDMA network that carries voice & data. LTE is Sprint's new high-bandwidth network that initially will carry only data, eventually will be configured to carry both data & voice, and at some point when it's appropriate to do so, Sprint will decommission the CDMA network and devote that resource to LTE (or whatever new leapfrog technology comes along next). WiMax is yet another, separate network technology that Sprint now owns in the US after buying Clearwire.

Yes, Network Vision allows Sprint unprecedented flexibility in reconfiguring its network resources, more or less on-the-fly if it chooses to do so. But that has avsolutely zero to do with the fact that CDMA, LTE, WiMax and iDEN were and are all separate networks. Perhaps they share the same tower locations and some tower resources (like AC power in, data lines in & out, etc.), but each of those mentioned is decidedly a separate network at this time.

Some actual proof for you to chew on. Note that even Sprint itself in its newsroom announcements differentiates its "LTE network":
"Sprint covers the major metropolitan areas and some of the outlying areas. It roams on Verizon’s 3G network in the more rural areas, but you may lose some of your data features in these outlying locations. Sprint is also building out its LTE network and using all the resources at its disposal. The carrier now has LTE in more than 151 markets nationwide. Like Verizon, Sprint’s voice calls are carried on it CDMA network, which does not support simultaneous voice and data."
(SOURCE: http://www.iphonehacks.com/2013/09/iphone-5s- 5c-carrier-coverage.html )

"Also this month, Sprint launched the first three tri-band 4G LTE data devices, which are expected to bring customers improved network performance and stronger in-building coverage by providing access to Sprint’s 4G LTE network at 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz where available."
(SOURCE: http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/spri nt-reports-second-quarter-2013-results.htm )

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