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Photos: Inside Sprint's Network Vision

OVERLAND PARK, Kans. -- Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S)'s world headquarters in a suburb of Kansas City is where the carrier is laying the groundwork for Network Vision, its plan to shut down an old network, improve a nationwide one and launch a brand new 4G one.

Plus, it wants all three -- its CDMA, WiMax and soon-to-be-deployed Long Term Evolution (LTE) network -- to integrate with each other in one multi-modal form.

It's no simple task, which is why Sprint felt it warranted a closer look. So, the carrier invited Light Reading Mobile, along with a handful of other reporters, to the campus to take a deep dive into the processes and progress behind Network Vision. (See Dear Sprint, Here's What We Want to Know....)

We also got a few pictures in the process. Click on the image below to launch a short slide show around the sprawling campus and in the Executive Briefing Room on our first day at Sprint.



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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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Sandpaints 12/5/2012 | 5:36:29 PM
re: Photos: Inside Sprint's Network Vision

It's amazing sometimes how much Reality mirrors Art. Looking over these images was like being transported back in time to the movie "Visioneers" released in 2007.


"Mr Jeffers will see you now." Compliments on the above average creativity of the photographer for this slideshow series.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:36:26 PM
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It is amazing that a company that had a 2+ year head start on 4G services has become such an also-ran. And now the only thing they can get us excited about is, "Hey, look at what we're going to do in 2014. We'll have a head start on LTE-Advanced!"


Will it matter that Sprint gets a network lead? It didn't make a difference before. And Sprint is too much like every other carrier to really give consumers a reason to change.

felixmk 12/5/2012 | 5:36:26 PM
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They seem almost proud to have lost almost all the Nextel customers, thus freeing up spectrum.

opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 5:36:26 PM
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"They seem almost proud to have lost almost all the Nextel customers, thus freeing up spectrum."


Sprint's present "4G", WiMax, uses 2.5G frequency spectrum, which doesn't penetrate buildings well. Verizon and AT&T use lower 700MHz frequency bands.


Nextel runs at 800MHz, so its spectrum would work better for receiving LTE inside buildings.


Sprint has struggled forever with how to transition its Nextel customers, and hasn't always done it well. I think the coming of LTE has helped focus Sprint on just getting it over with.



For the sake of the Nextel customers, I hope they'll offer them something good in return--maybe a phone with a cool implementation of push-to-talk over LTE.

Flook 12/5/2012 | 5:36:26 PM
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This is Kansas, remember? This is were Sprint's "Vision of Oz" becomes reality. Sorry, couldn't resist that.

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