Sprint Steps Up LTE Roll-Out, Handsets Arriving by Q3 2012
December 6, 2011 9:00 AM
comment(s) - last by
Company hopes to cover 120 million people with LTE by end of next year, 250 million by 2013
Yesterday in an interview with UBS, Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer announced the company's plans to launch LTE phones in the second half of 2012. Sprint's first multimodal base station, which supports both CDMA and LTE, is currently being deployed.
According to Euteneuer, the plan is to build out Sprint's LTE infrastructure across the U.S. first, and then introduce handsets that can take advantage of it.
Euteneuer pointed to Q3 of next year as a likely timeframe for Sprint's first LTE handsets, which he says "will be very competitive to what's already out on the marketplace."
Back in July, Sprint reportedly entered into
a $13.3B contract with the company LightSquared
for its LTE build-out. The new 4G network will operate on 800MHz, 1600MHz, and 1900MHz spectrums.
Euteneuer's recent statements reflect a recognition by Sprint that WiMAX is only a temporary "4G" solution, whereas LTE is long-term.
"We're talking about covering 120 million [people] by the end of 2012," Euteneuer said. "We've accelerated this because we believe LTE is really key to our future."
, Sprint will continue to sell WiMAX devices through the end of 2012. But Euteneuer stressed that the WiMAX network will continue to be supported all the way through 2015.
Sprint will also be paying Clearwire $350 million over two years "if they meet targets in delivering LTE to sites where traffic is heaviest."
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Great, but where?
12/6/2011 4:11:14 PM
SIMs don't work that way.
The antennae on handsets do though.
"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
Sprint Outs LTE Plans, WiMAX Devices to be Sold Through 2012
October 7, 2011, 11:13 AM
Sprint Enters Agreement to Deploy LTE Services, WiMAX Left in Limbo
July 28, 2011, 4:32 PM
Apple, Microsoft, and Major U.S. Wireless Carriers Embrace Smartphone "Kill Switch"
April 16, 2014, 10:08 AM
Lenovo Outs New Flex Notebooks, Desktop PCs
April 16, 2014, 9:39 AM
Microsoft Announces the First Steps in Its "Universal Apps" Program
April 15, 2014, 7:59 PM
Amazon Fire Phone Prototype Leaks, Will Feature 3D Camera Interface
April 15, 2014, 1:33 PM
Toshiba's $1,500 Satellite P55t Notebook Supports 4K Resolution
April 15, 2014, 10:27 AM
Xbox One April Update Now Available
April 15, 2014, 9:13 AM
Most Popular Articles
Cities to Carpoolers: Sharing Your Car is Illegal, We Will Seize Your Cars
April 4, 2014, 9:17 PM
Taiwan's AOU Claims to Have World's Highest-Res. OLED Smartphone Display
April 11, 2014, 1:44 PM
iPad Exploiter is Freed by Federal Appeals Court
April 11, 2014, 7:40 PM
It's Very Likely Neanderthals and Humans Had Sex, Produced Offspring
April 10, 2014, 8:40 PM
Cops at Historically Troubled LAPD are Sabotaging Digital Recording Devices
April 9, 2014, 11:10 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
Global Cyber Espionage Concerns Reveal Growing Cyber Armies
Nov 29, 2013, 11:04 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information