Sprint is thinking ahead....Sprint to add 700 MHz Band 12 capabilities to some new devices starting next year
Sprint is thinking ahead..Sprint to add 700 MHz Band 12 capabilities to some new devices starting next year
March 26, 2014 SAN ANTONIO, Texas--Sprint (NYSE:S) announced new partnerships with the Competitive Carriers Association and the NetAmerica Alliance that the carrier hopes will encourage rural wireless carriers to build LTE networks that Sprint's customers will be able to roam onto. Importantly, Sprint said it will add 700 MHz Band 12 capabilities to some of its devices starting next year--spectrum that the carrier itself doesn't own
Sprint hopes the new partnerships, and its plan to support 700 MHz Band 12, will ultimately expand its LTE network to new locations, potentially making it comparable in size to AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless' respective LTE networks. Sprint expects to cover around 250 million people with LTE by the middle of this year--Verizon currently covers more than 300 million people with LTE, and AT&T plans to do so too by the end of this year.
Under Sprint's new partnership with the CCA, Sprint will use CCA's data hub to allow CCA members to ink reciprocal roaming agreements with Sprint. Sprint and U.S. Cellular have already conducted successful roaming tests with CCA's data roaming hub