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Sprint drops strongest LTE hints yet


May 12, 2011, 10:44 AM

U.S. mobile operator says announcements to be made soon; aims to reuse 800-MHz iDEN spectrum.
Sprint has given the strongest indications to date about adopting LTE to power its high-speed mobile network.

"There is a high likelihood that LTE is in our future in one flavour or another," said Geoff Martin, who heads up the U.S. operator's M2M collaboration centre in Silicon Valley, on Monday.

"Announcements will be made soon," he declared, without giving a specific date.

Sprint has until now used WiMAX technology as the basis for its next-generation mobile network, but with LTE adoption more prevalent among the world's mobile operators the ecosystem for WiMAX is likely to be limited by comparison.

"We don't want to be

May 12, 2011, 6:07 PM
yea but they have to get rid of every single subscriber from the IDEN network in order to better use the spectrum esp for LTE or wimax

May 12, 2011, 10:18 PM
I thought they were already planning on using the iden spectrum for CDMA...?

May 12, 2011, 10:38 PM
I can only imagine how bad the screwup would've been if T-Mobile had gone yellow...

May 12, 2011, 11:07 PM
It would have been even more disastrous than the nextel merger, as if that's even possible

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