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Sprint to Launch Tri-Band LTE Devices This Summer

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May 21, 2013, 10:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint today announced plans to offer its first tri-band LTE products later this summer. The three devices include the Novatel Wireless MiFi 500 LTE, the Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot, and the Netgear 341U USB Modem. All three devices will be able to access LTE in the 800MHz, 1900MHz, and 2.5GHz bands. Right now, Sprint is primarily deploying LTE in the 1900MHz band, but it will begin to offer LTE in the 800MHz band starting later this year after Sprint shuts down its iDEN network on June 30. The 800MHz spectrum will offer better in-building coverage when compared to the 1900MHz spectrum. Sprint has officially launched LTE in 88 markets, but it says it will cover 170 markets in the coming months. The 2.5GHz spectrum is currently owned by Clearwire, and Sprint says it will eventually be used to offer high-speed service in densely populated regions. The exact pricing and availability details of the three tri-band LTE devices will be announced at a later time. Sprint has not yet said when it will offer tri-band LTE smartphones.


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May 21, 2013, 10:27 AM

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2.5Ghz to offer High speed data to densely populated areas? I am gonig to assume they mean tent cities / public parks with lots of homeless people, because unless you are outside, that spectrum doesn't penetrate. Anything. Toilet paper can effectively block that frequency.

The problem with Clearwire's deployment was site density. With Network Vision, Sprint will have the ability to put 2.5GHz on every Sprint cell site, not to mention the possibility of small cells.

If you think the Clearwire spectrum is so...
What that means is this the phones will have a triband radio towers mostly have all been upgraded to Multimode towers. What this will do is the phone and the tower will be communicating continuously and the tower will distribute the appropriate signal...
There are pros and cons to the 2500 Mhz that Sprint/Clearwire have allocated for 4G. Building penetration is a con but to say toilet paper blocks the frequency transmission is obviously a facetious statement but also somewhat incorrect in the assumpti...
That's why they're doing all three bands. If you're in a city - where most networks deal with congestion issues - then the devices will use 2500 when they get a good signal, and fall back to other bands when 2500 is weak. Sprint is adding 800 to the m...
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