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Sprint's First LTE-Ready Cluster Built in Kankakee

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Dec 29, 2011, 2:19 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint announced this week that it has built its first cluster of multi-modal base stations that are LTE-ready. This cluster of base stations has been deployed in Kankakee, Ill., and follows the single multi-modal base station put up in Branchburg, N.J., earlier this year. Though this cluster of base stations is capable of powering Sprint's forthcoming Long Term Evolution-based network in the Kankakee area, Sprint said to Phone Scoop in an email that "the cluster in Kankakee is not yet passing LTE traffic." The company has completed work on its back-office systems to support the new base stations, has eliminated most technical risks of the program, and validated its rapid LTE deployment schedule. Sprint said that it is on track to deploy its first LTE devices and services by the middle of 2012. Sprint also noted that it has met a number of milestones towards improving the performance of its CDMA-EVDO 3G network. Sprint says it has improved data speeds, boosted signal strength, and reduced the number of dropped calls across much of its 3G footprint. The Network Vision project should be complete by 2013.

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Dec 29, 2011, 9:03 PM

Sprint should have went with LTE in the first place

BigRed75 said:

WiMAX was commercially ready when Sprint was required by FCC agreement to start utilizing its BRS 2500-2600 MHz spectrum. LTE was not. So, LTE was not an option. This is well documented hist...
..that way, they too could be experiencing major LTE network outages like Verizon.
They mad a business decision to get a head start on the competition. Unfortunately, Clear didn't have the money to roll out quickly enough and Verizon lapped them. Then Clear just stopped altogether.

The problem was more to do the execution than ...

Dec 29, 2011, 5:21 PM

Kankakee, really?!

First off, this is a location that nobody knows about or cares about. Bad starter spot

Also, if they're implanting their own LTE tech into the multimode towers, why are they then pairing with Clearwire and the other one (the one with the GPS problems) for their LTE?

And finally....FINALLY they put out the multimode towers. They've been saying "they're coming" for the past year now. They need to push these faster to get better coverage to appease the whinny customer.s
Im assuming this is just their test market. And they didnt want to do it in a super huge city. Gives them a chance to test it out before a full deployment happens
I think the people of Kankakee would care & it's not as small as you think. Just short of 30,000 people & about 60 miles south of Chicago proper, which the last time I checked IS a MAJOR market. And since the Chicagoland area is made up of more than j...

Dec 30, 2011, 2:05 PM

millions would be affected!!!!

why not do it anywhere in the world? cause the thousands of lte phones sprint has sold wouldnt work correctly. oh thats right. they have zero public lte phones. what exactly do you think there testing it with.
Because they dont have lte testing devices or diagnostics to run on the tower to make sure its operating properly.....
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