Sprint LTE deployment expected to reach 250 million people by 2013
Sprint announced today that they will adopt LTE for its 4G network. This was already anticipated back when Sprint sent out the invite for the event. Sprint says that the WiMAX 4G network will still be available and devices will be sold throughout 2012.
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Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, said, “Our progress deploying Network Vision enables Sprint to extend and evolve our 4G leadership and to improve the experience for 3G customers. Our next-generation network and cutting-edge device lineup, combined with the industry’s best pricing plans, give Sprint customers the best experience in wireless.”
Sprint plans to launch 4G LTE on its 1900MHz spectrum by midyear 2012 and complete the network build-out by the end of 2013. By the conclusion of 2013, Sprint’s 4G coverage footprint is expected to cover more than 250 million people. Sprint expects to launch CDMA-LTE devices by mid-2012, with approximately 15 devices coming throughout the year – including handsets, tablets and data cards.
So LTE has won as 4G technology in the United States and also world-wide LTE is pushing WiMAX to the side.
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Sprint is also now offering the Apple iPhone. Sprint is now investing a ton of money and needs to catch up. If the succeed the can though better and more directly compete with AT&T and Verizon.