Sprint planning to launch 4G LTE network in early 2012

According to a report from Cnet, Sprint is preparing to launch its 4G LTE network as early as the first quarter of 2012. Big Yellow has already started implementing LTE infrastructure in select areas around the country. They are currently conducting field testing on the network which isn’t accessible to yet to the general public. In addition, Sprint is looking to add a commercial branch sometimes at the end of the first quarter of 2012. There was no mention about how many markets will get the LTE network.

The LTE deployment is a part of Sprint’s Network Vision plan and will not require any additional investments since they will be using their very own D-Block 700 MHz spectrum which was acquired from Nextel. Sprint’s President of network operations and wholesale has promised in the beginning of this year that, just like AT&T did, his company will have LTE coverage nationwide by 2013.

In July, Sprint has been able to secure a $9 billion, 15-year deal with LTE wholesaler, LightSquared which will give them access to their L-Band spectrum. With this LTE deployment, Sprint may finally catch up to Verizon by offering their customers a more reliable network than the current 4G WiMax. Let’s not forget that Big Yellow is the only top tier carrier that is still offering true unlimited data and that may play to their advantage once they roll out the LTE network.

via Fierce Wireless
Source Cnet