It remains a very distinct possibility that Sprint will make the jump to LTE. Sprint issued an RFP exploring the migration to LTE, then announced a multi-billion dollar network overhaul that could easily pave the way for such a transition, and we've heard from more than one employee over the last year that Sprint absolutely will be building an LTE network despite executive smokescreens. If Sprint jumps to LTE they're expected to make the announcement within six months. Speaking this week at the Morgan Stanley investor conference, Sprint's president of network operations and wholesale Steve Elfman stated that once an LTE announcement is made, they could have nationwide service by the end of 2013:
quote:Speaking at a Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom conference Wednesday, Steve Elfman, Sprint's president of network operations and wholesale, said that the company will not make a decision regarding LTE deployment until mid-year. He added that if Sprint does decide to deploy LTE it could turn it on quickly and have LTE devices by 2012. Elfman added that the reason the company will not make a decision until mid-year is because Sprint wants to establish and announce a strategy that is still being determined by the company and its partner Clearwire, which runs a mobile WiMAX network.
Leaks have suggested this all ends with Clearwire closing their retail arm and becoming a wholesale operator, and Sprint acting as the retail arm of the relationship. The companies have previously stated that only about 20% of the hardware in the field for their current Mobile WiMax service would need to be swapped out to support LTE, which is what's propping up Sprint's belief they can have nationwide LTE by the end of 2013. That optimistic projection would put them right on pace with Verizon's LTE upgrades, which are also expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
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Reminds me of the Betamax Vs. VHS was. Look like LTE won. If Sprint dumps WiMAX does it even have a future. Correct me if I am wrong but are WiMAX and LTE similar technologies. -- Yes, its stuck in a windows this time.
Bob Azzi, Sprint's network senior vice president, wouldn't address the LightSquared report but said Sprint's options include any potential solution-as long as it includes the WiMax service that customers use now.
From a network perspective its WiMax and what else we do, Azzi said. In every scenario...WiMax is there.
With nearly everyone moving towards hspa+ and lte it would be really dumb to do anything else, simply from a hardware prospective lte hardware is going to get cheaper a lot faster than wimax due to the high volume, not to mention as I think sprint is already seeing they are missing out on a lot of good phones, sprint's smartphone lineup is pretty limited.
So they decided to be first to the market with a 4G product and that is a mistake?
I seem to recall Sprint being first to market with a nationwide CDMA product. That doesn't seem to be a "fail".
They were the first carrier to offer phones with true WAP in it. I think that was pretty ingenious.
They were the first carrier to offer a coast to coast fiber network for long distance. I think that was pretty impressive for its time.
In any case, I think Sprint is not afraid to be first to market with new technology. You aren't going to hit it out of the park every time. So give them a little credit for at least recognizing the changes in the market and adjusting.
Due to marketing, consumers think a networks generation is related to speed. Sprint's network is 100% 3G... in fact was 100% 3g before the US GSM providers even started thinking about building out a 3g network here.
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What makes 1xRTT 3G? I was under the impression this was 2G since one of the reasons is because a call can not come through when a data session is in place (goes straight to voicemail)...When 3G came out part of the specs was so a call could break the data stream and come through. -- Usenet Block Accounts | Unlimited Accounts