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Re: LTE in Las Vegas and LA
The Sprint rep that you talked to is (oddly enough) half right
Theres 3 parts to Sprint's "Network Vision". Part one is decommissioning IDEN towers and actually reducing the amount of towers Sprint actually has. They currently have more towers than Verizon and AT&T. I know it sounds like farce but look at it like this. They maintain 3 completely different types of networks (CDMA, WI-MAX and IDEN) and not all of them are on the same tower. Decommisioning excess IDEN-only towers first gives them network space.
Part 2 is Re-Installing new tower setups that have CDMA, WIMAX, IDEN and LTE built in. These new setups take up about 60% less space, and are green friendly. The spaces that have only one or 2 types of network will be replaced by these new setups.
Part 3, which is my favorite part, is re-farming the IDEN network to use the lower band with LTE. The lower band means better in-building coverage. They just got FCC approval to do so.
Sprint knows it has to aggresively expand in order to compete with Verizon and AT&T. So Q3 or Q4 isnt that far off. Cricket Wireless is testing LTE here in Vegas to impressive results. I'm sure that Sprint will not be outdone by a regional prepaid carrier that borrows their network.