Clearwire's LTE Clues
Yet, other than Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer's comments on Monday, we know very little about the scope of Clearwire's LTE deployment. There's no detail on how many cities the operator will deploy or how many potential customers the network will cover.
That's the way Cleawire likes it, for now. I called them Tuesday, and a spokesman said they were in a quiet period and not talking specifics.
So, the little we know so far is that they are planning to try and cover some large urban areas and are working tightly with Sprint to add capacity in busy markets. It is not even clear if the plan is to initially cover all of the company's existing WiMax footprint.
My guess is that the deployment will be in major conurbations like the New York metro area, Los Angeles and Chicagoland to help Sprint with capacity. Although, of course, users will need new devices with the dual-mode chipset just to access the TD-LTE network, so this is all forward planning for Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Co. right now.
Of course, with the future of LightSquared 's LTE network still up in the air it only makes sense for Sprint to have some more 4G capacity cards to play.
Still, over time -- say, 2014 or so -- expect Sprint to look to offer services like fast video downloads over the TD-LTE network that it doesn't offer on its wider network and can charge more for.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile