Sprint’s LTE deployment may be coming in a distant third, but their deployment plan is structured to allow for an inexpensive upgrade from the LTE r9 that we know now to the LTE r10 (also called LTE Advanced). The plan, pending approval from the FCC, is to us the 1900Mhz spectrum for LTE r9 on their networks. The towers where LTE r9 has been deployed will also have an 800Mhz broadcast point that can be activated just be dropping a card into the tower. Sprint’s plan as of right now is to offer an LTE service that is competitive to the existing offerings, but as soon as the FCC approves the 800Mhz usage their techs will install the card needed to then start broadcasting LTE-A over the same footprint as the existing LTE networks. Even in testing their network testing when deploying these towers, Sprint is testing both LTE r9 and r10. When the network is active, Sprint will be able to offer significantly faster LTE speeds than their competition, and neither Verizon nor AT&T’s towers are build to adapt as fast as Sprint’s.
Broadcasting the signal is one thing, but there’s a lot more to deploying a network than the towers. Sprint thoroughly explained how they have re-architected their entire backhaul to support data increases over the next few years. Sprint claims that they backhaul is ready to handle LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) the moment it is turned on. On top of this, their network engineers have spent a lot of time to guarantee a zero-interruption handoff between LTE and 3G. Their staff dedicated to supporting the tower construction and network deployment is about 6,000 employees at the moment according to Sprint.
In a nutshell, it seems like Sprint has paid very close attention to what has happened in the ecosystem so far, and plans for their LTE deployment to be a zero-friction kind of offering that will immediately compete with the rest of the market, as well as be ready to leap frog ahead of everyone else.
Everyone asks wheres the "roll out plan?" Yet its been stated for a few months already!!
Evidently, my post to dragonfiel (well before ezasabc's post, I might add), was removed/censored? for some reason. Even though I was supportive and did not use any bad or inflammatory language. That's not my style.
So, how about it "board censors"? Restore my original post to this thread. I'm sure this was a mistake instead of a deliberate act.