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Sprint Now Says No LTE Gear Until Second Half of 2012

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Dec 5, 2011, 7:52 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Dec 5, 2011, 8:28 PM

Updated: Corrected attribution.

Sprint will not debut any Long Term Evolution 4G end-user equipment until some time during the second half of 2012, said the company's chief financial officer, Joseph Euteneuer, in a webcast today. The company had previously said that devices would ship closer to the middle of 2012. Euteneuer was sure to say that the delay in LTE-equipped products, such as smartphones and mobile hotspots, has nothing to do with the timeliness of the LTE network launch itself. Euteneuer also noted that the company has deployed its first multi-modal base station (part of the Network Vision project), which will be able to handle Sprint's various network technologies and spectrum allotments. Euteneuer provided some clarification on Sprint's recently announced deal with Clearwire. Sprint will make payments to Clearwire if it reaches certain LTE build-out goals over the next few years. According to Euteneuer, Clearwire's goals only include regions of the country seeing the highest demand for mobile broadband services. "We are asking them to build out initially to only a portion of what they cover," he said. "It is not the full network that they have to date." Sprint is in the middle of a wide-reaching network transition across technologies and spectrum that will last until well into 2013 before it is complete.

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Dec 5, 2011, 11:04 PM

The "highest demand"

What's sad is that the areas that truly need effective wireless broadband are the ones that will never get it. Sprint would have a captive audience if it concentrated on getting service to rural areas. It wouldn't have to be full-speed 4G, either..they could deliver a fifth of that and they'd still get crazy business from those ignored by the telcos and cable companies. Sprint also needs to seriously expand their service footprint. AT&T and/or Verizon are everywhere, but you can barely get Sprint in the middle of the biggest town within 50 miles of me. I suspect this is true for much of the country outside the major metro areas. When it comes to a wireless carrier, coverage and reliability are #1, followed by value and finally by devic...
What? Sprint has one of of not the largest footprint of all the cellphone companies. I travel a lot between Texas and Colorado and very seldom come across a place where I didnt have a signal. Texas has a lot and so does Colorado both have a lot countr...
It comes down to volume. Sprint charges less than Verizon and AT&T. The costs of deploying the network are the same. In fact it might actually be more expensive for Sprint, since Verizon and AT&T probably have more leverage in negotiating deals.
psycros said:
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...
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