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Clearwire LTE Lights up in June 2013
5,000 TD-LTE Cell Sites to Start
by Karl Bode 08:54AM Thursday Feb 16 2012
Speaking on the company's fourth quarter conference call, Clearwire yesterday announced that they plan to switch on their first LTE-capable towers in June. "To satisfy the conditions for Sprint's LTE commitment, we are targeting at least the first 5,000 of these LTE sites to be on air by June of 2013, with a slightly longer-term objective of overlaying a total of approximately 8,000 sites," said CEO Erik Prusch on the call (full transcript here). Clearwire expects to begin the buildout near the end of the first quarter, though it's far too early for prices and device specifics. Prusch did say the company was on the hunt for more wholesale arrangements and will look to have plenty of opportunities with the collapse of LightSquared.

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Tomek
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June of next year

It will be a while then....
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talz13

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Re: June of next year

I didn't even look at the year when I read the headline! And here I thought 4 months from now sounded reasonable...

JasonOD

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Didn't think it was possible....

But I guess sprint has given them enough of a lifeline to be able to accomplish this. ATT & VZ probably aren't going to be able to derail this one, and they'll likely just have to live with an LTE wholesaler in their midst. Not that it will be an easy road for clearwire in any case.
xenophon

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Sprint LTE phones

Sprint will be coming out with LTE phones this year that will be on 1900Mhz. I wonder if the radios will also support Clear's LTE on 2.5Ghz.

Also, Clear says they'll start with 5K sites and target 8K sites longer term. How many WiMAX sites do they have today?
DarnellP

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Re: Sprint LTE phones

said by xenophon:

Sprint will be coming out with LTE phones this year that will be on 1900Mhz. I wonder if the radios will also support Clear's LTE on 2.5Ghz.

Also, Clear says they'll start with 5K sites and target 8K sites longer term. How many WiMAX sites do they have today?

I believe they have @ 16k, but I don't have a source to cite right at this moment.

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Sorry Sprint, Too Late!

I grew tired of hearing excuses of "We're upgrading our towers. It will be three months and you'll see better speeds." They sure didn't have a problem finding ways to increase fees NOW. I was seeing network congestion which made the dial-up days of the 90s seem better. Although we will be paying more for our service through US Cellular, at least we have data we can actually use! I'm not worried about not having 4G. When I actually NEED a faster connection, I'm usually in a wi-fi zone anyway. You can't believe Sprint's time frames one bit!
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Re: Sorry Sprint, Too Late!

You never could after they went down hill. Their network is getting to be to the point where in metro area its unusable even when near a tower, you still don't get service. They give you an AiRave which is a POS to start off with and blame your Internet connection; even if you use 3 different provides in 3 totally different areas of your state. And yet its still your fault and they kill your contracts because you told them how their service is.

Sprint will go the way of the birds in the winter if they don't start improving; and that needs to be done FAST. Maybe even under a new CEO that isn't worried about the iPhone. I remember the days where Sprint had their own brand o equipment/devices and worked GREAT and now NOTHING.

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Sprint is losing its viability

Sprint will never get my business as their network is limited to the interstate system and their customer service is not that great. I bought a Phone on their Nextel unit and returned it under their buyer's remorse policy. Dealing with their "Authorized Agent" was a horrible experience. I am not sure if they charge for roaming but the reason Verizon and AT&T are more popular is they have way more native coverage than Sprint and T-Mobile. I remember when Verizon had roaming and a lot of non native coverage known as the extended network. Maine used to be Extended Network on VZW until they bought Unicell.
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25139889

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Re: Sprint is losing its viability

well if check your coverage with Nextel first they are NOT a roaming network. There are only TWO iDEN networks in the country that are any thing to speak of. Nextel and Southern Link which they roam on to.

Sprint does roam in areas they need to and your phone being set to. And they do have a LOT of native coverage as they built out 99% of their network will very little buyouts like VZW. VZW still has "extended" network coverage known as ROAMING you have to zoom in on their map to see it or watch your phone. T-Mobile also roams on to T and other carriers. Just in certain areas which also is changing with the new roaming agreement.

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said by IowaCowboy:

Maine used to be Extended Network on VZW until they bought Unicell.

Errr...Unicel was a GSM based provider here in Maine. Verizon still operates the GSM network here as well, for the roaming revenue.
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