Leap: LTE to 65 Million Pops By 2013 or 2014
CEO Says They Have Enough Spectrum for Three Years
Speaking at the 40th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference this week, Leap CEO Doug Hutcheson says the company plans to expand its LTE network coverage from 20-25 million POPs (potential subscribers) by the end of this year to 60-65 million POPs by the end of 2013 or early 2014
. Leap says the company expects to have enough spectrum for LTE over the next three years. In 2010 Leap signed off on an MVNO deal with Sprint, and earlier this year struck a new five-year wholesale deal with Clearwire allowing Leap to buy capacity on Clearwire's upcoming LTE network. Rumors recently indicated
Leap has been in talks with AT&T about a possible acquisition, though incompatible network technology make the deal anything but certain.