Sprint Outs LTE Plans, WiMAX Devices to be Sold Through 2012
October 7, 2011 11:13 AM
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The HTC EVO 3D runs on Sprint's existing WiMAX network
Sprint's WiMAX network to be phased out and replaced by LTE
We knew this day was coming, but Sprint is now adding a bit more detail to its plans to convert to LTE. Verizon is already
well on its way to blanketing the U.S.
with its LTE network, and
AT&T is just getting the ball rolling
with an initial rollout in five markets.
Sprint, on the other hand, will not start its roll-out until mid-2012 according to
. Sprint hopes to have its entire LTE network built out by the end of calendar year 2013. Sprint says that its finished network will reach 250 million Americans compared to the 120 million that its WiMAX network currently reaches.
As previously reported
, the LTE network is being developed in conjunction with LightSquared and will operate on 800MHz, 1600MHz, and 1900MHz spectrums.
For those of you that bought into Sprint's WiMAX network, or are still for some reason looking to purchase a WiMAX device at this point, Sprint will continue to offer WiMAX dongles, hotspots, and smartphones through 2012.
In an effort to lessen the strain on its network, Sprint will also be taking a
page from AT&T's playbook
by offering free Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation. This will reportedly cut LTE network congestion by 20 percent.
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RE: That's all fine and dandy
10/7/2011 4:19:39 PM
I think your right, it can be, but this is Sprint's own LTE on a brand spanking new tower design, so I don't think they are going that route. With this network vision, it appears they are using completely new infrastructure, including new radio nodes and multi node base stations, so in reality, this is a whole network with LTE ready from the get go. Looks like they will leave Clear's base stations for their wimax on 2500 mhz. And yeah your right, their LTE will require completely differnet Qualcomm chips, but I'm not too concerned. It looks like Sprint's LTE could be up to 5x as fast as their Wimax was when you look at the trials.
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