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Report: Sprint to Add 9,000 New Sites for LTE

Dan Jones
2/25/2015

Sprint is said to be planning a major network expansion, adding over 9,000 new cell sites around the US to expand and bolster its 4G LTE and 3G CDMA coverage.

The expansion, first reported by the Sprint 4G Rollout Updates blog, appears to somewhat reverse Sprint's attempt to decrease the number of sites it ran under its "Network Vision" plan. Under that strategy it had decommissioned over 9,000 Nextel 800MHz sites. (See Sprint Sacrifices Clearwire WiMax in iDEN Demise.)


Read more about mobile moves on the dedicated 4G LTE channel here on Light Reading.

S4GRU's sources, however, suggest that Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) will only reopen around 1,100 of the old Nextel sites; 5,000 of the new sites are expected to support Sprint's high-speed data "Spark" upgrade at 2.5GHz. (See Fanning Sprint's Spark in NYC and Sprint Mulling 2.5GHz Monetization Opps.)

The goal of the update is to move into new markets, expand coverage in more suburban markets and add more in rural areas where a lot of roaming between networks takes place. Sprint is said to be locking down funding for the major network update.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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pcharles09
pcharles09
2/28/2015 | 5:11:26 PM
Re: Waiting to go Dark, then Spark!
@SachinEE,

"...high roaming areas..."

I am glad to hear that. Contrary to alot of people's beliefs, New York City is one of those HRAs. Drives me crazy but hopefully there will be relief very soon!
SachinEE
SachinEE
2/28/2015 | 2:42:19 PM
Re: Waiting to go Dark, then Spark!
The 9,000 sites will be broken down as follows: 1,100 decommissioned iDEN sites converted for CDMA/Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage; 1,600 sites targeting high roaming areas; 800 new dual-band sites in new suburban areas with projected population growth; 500 new tri-band sites in urban and suburban areas to infill coverage; and 5,000 new urban and suburban Time Division-LTE (TD-LTE) 'Sprint Spark' sites.
SachinEE
SachinEE
2/28/2015 | 2:37:02 PM
Re: Waiting to go Dark, then Spark!
They have got so much on their plate. In addition to this new expansion project, Sprint already has two existing projects under way for targeted regional expansion based on recent acquisition. In Missouri and Central Illinois, Sprint is working on Project Ocean, which involves adding more than 100 former US Cellular sites. Some of these sites are already online with many more coming online within the next six-to-eight months. The bulk of these ads are in suburban St. Louis. However, there are a couple dozen rural USCC sites that are also being captured in the Project Ocean programme. 
jabailo
jabailo
2/26/2015 | 10:59:26 PM
Re: Waiting to go Dark, then Spark!
What is your monthly cost?

Do they bundle with cellphone service?

Is there a dongle for mobile use?  

A tower antenna for home?

How about ping?

 

 
TheRequiem
TheRequiem
2/26/2015 | 5:28:35 PM
Re: Waiting to go Dark, then Spark!
That is why your only getting 7mbps - I have been using Sprint Spark and my average speeds are 30 - 50mbps pretty consistently.
jabailo
jabailo
2/26/2015 | 1:31:18 PM
Re: Waiting to go Dark, then Spark!
 

Sprint Spark will make my day if Spark will:

1) Swap out for Clear Wimax
2) Cost about the same
3) Be unlimited data, no caps or throttling
4) Boost speeds significantly above my current 7Mbps
5) Serve mid-sized cities and remote suburban areas
6) Have a bundle with mobile phone service
7) Have a dongle for mobile laptop and tablet service

and finally, this is one that I don't think will happen but would really be great:

8) Reduce ping time from my current (lowest is around 59ms)

I think this might be inherent in wireless communication versus fiber...but who knows what they can do!


DanJones
DanJones
2/26/2015 | 1:09:58 PM
Re: Waiting to go Dark, then Spark!
Supposedly this November.
jabailo
jabailo
2/25/2015 | 10:45:16 PM
Waiting to go Dark, then Spark!
I am a holdout Wimax customer of Sprint's (nee Clear).   I've always been more than happy with my Wimax service but keep worrying about the day they switch it off.   I've asked several times and they've haven't given me a date yet for the switch but assured me that they'll be a conversion plan..to Spark I hope!

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