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Sprint is adding 11 new markets to its LTE deployment total, expanding its move to bring faster data to smaller US towns and cities

Slow Ride: Sprint Hits 43 4G LTE Markets

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
11/27/2012
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Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) is adding 11 new Long Term Evolution (LTE) towns and cities in Indiana, Kansas, Maryland and more.

The operator revealed the new deployments via its company blog. It also stated that the "4G LTE network build is under way in more than 115 cities within the existing Sprint nationwide 3G footprint, including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C."

The new towns and cities going live this time are:

  • Anderson, Ind.
  • Clarke County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.
  • Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.
  • Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va.
  • Harrisonburg, Va.
  • Muncie, Ind.
  • Peabody, Mass.
  • Salina, Kan.
  • Shenandoah County, Va.
  • South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.
  • Winchester, Va.


Why this matters
Sprint currently has the distinction of operating the smallest LTE network -- which typically offers lower data speeds -- of the big three 4G carrier networks in the U.S. Sprint is promising more deployments in larger cities in the "coming months" but -- as shown by the latest deployments -- is currently pushing out 4G in smaller towns and cities.

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opticalwatcher
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opticalwatcher,
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12/5/2012 | 5:17:03 PM
re: Slow Ride: Sprint Hits 43 4G LTE Markets


Speaking as a Sprint customer, this is a very depressing announcement.  All those customers in major metropolises looking with envy at their friends with LTE phones, or if they are really foolish, looking at their own 1/2 useless LTE phone. I wonder if Sprint would have been better off not even making this announcement. I mean, Muncie, Indiana?


 

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12/5/2012 | 5:17:03 PM
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Wasn't a Chicago 4G LTE launch supposed to happen soon?

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12/5/2012 | 5:16:59 PM
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Chicago already has LTE, and 800mhz CDMA turned on.

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12/5/2012 | 5:16:59 PM
re: Slow Ride: Sprint Hits 43 4G LTE Markets


Hi tera,


 


As a Sprint customer I could not be happier about this.


 


This shows that Sprint cares about all markets equal, I know tons of Sprint subs that live in Muncie, Indiana and they couldnt be happier.


Im sure everyone wants there market to be first or mor important than others but, Sprint is replacing EVERY piece of there old network.  They are NOT doing a patch job like Verizon or ATT.


Sprint will touch and upgrade all of there current towers by 2014, so 2 years having there entire network covered is super fast.


 


 

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