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Mapping 4G: Sprint Adds 5 More LTE Markets

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) has added five more Long Term Evolution (LTE) markets to its lineup as the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone 5, which can use the faster data transfer technology, is arriving on its network.

Sprint is now up 24 towns and cities that have street-level 4G coverage. It maintains that it will launch over 100 4G towns and cities in the coming months but still isn't putting any definite dates out yet. The operator has launched LTE in Wichita, Topeka and Lawrence, Kans.; Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.; and Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.

See Sprint's fresh 4G footprint below:

View Sprint 4G LTE Markets in a larger map

Why this matters
Thanks to Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Samsung Corp. , users are now starting to buy 4G LTE devices in large numbers so having the coverage actually starts to become an issue. Sprint said that it had sold 1 million LTE devices earlier this month. iPhone 5 sales, which hit 5 million in the first weekend, have the potential to add a considerable number of new 4G connections to the fledgling network. (See Apple Sells 5M iPhones in First Weekend and iPhone 5 Could Cause Local Data Crunches in US.)

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12/5/2012 | 5:20:31 PM
re: Mapping 4G: Sprint Adds 5 More LTE Markets

Sprint has a lot of work to do in "the coming months" it has to launch LTE in Chicago, NYC, Boston etc. etc. And still not a word about the Bay Area either.

How much of this was a FUD announcement to try and prevent users jumping the 4G ship to AT&T or Verizon I wonder?

12/5/2012 | 5:20:26 PM
re: Mapping 4G: Sprint Adds 5 More LTE Markets

1xLTE device speed test: 30M/12M (D/U), 2xLTE device sync speed test: 15M/6M, at the base station serving my home at 3 a.m.  4xLTE device sync test: ?

Looks to me their DSP's can't handle the LTE traffic because they should already have bigger than 30meg backhaul.  Must upgrade base stations.  Software upgrade does not cut it.

12/5/2012 | 5:20:26 PM
re: Mapping 4G: Sprint Adds 5 More LTE Markets

Hey Chuck


Could we be looking at the iPhone 5 effect in action, when did you do the test?


12/5/2012 | 5:20:24 PM
re: Mapping 4G: Sprint Adds 5 More LTE Markets

My test results are from my neighborhood, south of San Jose 3:00 a.m.  

12/5/2012 | 5:20:23 PM
re: Mapping 4G: Sprint Adds 5 More LTE Markets

Interesting.... could be an anomally but you would think that San Jose would be a big sales area for new phones. Verizon did say they would start to run out of spectrum in 2013 but at the time that seemed more like a play to get that AWS Cable/Spectrum Swap deal done.

Report back if it continues if you can, thanks.



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