Sprint Announces Plans for Large LTE Roll-Out
Sprint chairman Dan Hesse just announced the carrier’s plans to add LTE 4G service to its network. According to The Verge, the deployment of the technology is expected to be “aggressive” with upgrades beginning in mid-2012, and completion set for 2013. To accomplish this, the company will also partner with tech startup LightSquared which owns the key 1600MHz wireless spectrum.
No doubt Sprint feels heat from Verizon which is widely seen as the 4G data network leader and its move to LTE (Long Term Evolution) is praised for providing the fastest download speeds in the U.S. The carrier will also cannibalize its aging iDEN network which will be shut down in 2013 and revamp its CDMA infrastructure too as part of the transition to LTE. The details are still developing but we’ll report back as we learn more.
via The Verge