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[DT] Third party communications firm will provide Sprint with its LTE services

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Third party communications firm will provide Sprint with its LTE services

Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) was the first major U.S. carrier to try to deploy a 4G spec. network. Sprint's WiMAX network launched in September. 2008 and has slowly picked up steam adding more cities. Sprint has indicated, though, that it may consider switching to LTE -- the 4G standard that Verizon Wireless (VZ) currently supports and AT&T Inc.'s (T) promises to soon support.

Now it appears Sprint is preparing to take the plunge, entering into a $13.5B USD contract with LightSquared to deploy an LTE network. LightSquared licenses and owns large chunks of the so-called "L-Band" (1-2 GHz) spectrum, and thus has room to grow its LTE offerings.
Definitely looking forward to this. Wimax coverage is just garbage. "Supposedly" we have it where I work, but I can't get connected to save my life. Downtown Columbus, I can get connected, but it drops it every minute. The guys using LTE in my office are always connected indoors and love it.
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Great news for Sprint. WiMax was not cutting it. WiMax speeds are ok but you have to be on the street, if you have any walls between you the signal becomes very weak and it drops constantly.
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actually I have great 4G coverage in most of my city, the real problem is the inherent short range nature of WiMax it was never designed to go more than a mile (or so I've heard).
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actually I have great 4G coverage in most of my city, the real problem is the inherent short range nature of WiMax it was never designed to go more than a mile (or so I've heard).
Not true at all.. its flaw in Sprint application of the frequency. WiMax can shoot farther with less degradation than LTE .. but penetration capabilities of the band are weaker.. which poses big issues for inter-city overlays.

*First Wi-max site I built for a private carrier, we tested @ 54MBps full duplex speed from over 7miles away! Verizon and ATT LTE will be much better once they launch both frequencies.. as in most areas now, only 700mhz LTE exists [lower bands are better for in-building solutions and situations where penetration is key].
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The nice thing about LightSquared's band licensing is that it sits very close to the band used by GPS. So with this new agreement, if you get a GPS signal indoors, chances are good that you will also have their LTE signal indoors too. Right now, Wimax is like wireless-N. Works great and has great throughput as long as you can see the transmitter or are extremely close to it.
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Not true at all.. its flaw in Sprint application of the frequency. WiMax can shoot farther with less degradation than LTE .. but penetration capabilities of the band are weaker.. which poses big issues for inter-city overlays.

*First Wi-max site I built for a private carrier, we tested @ 54MBps full duplex speed from over 7miles away! Verizon and ATT LTE will be much better once they launch both frequencies.. as in most areas now, only 700mhz LTE exists [lower bands are better for in-building solutions and situations where penetration is key].
^^ This. WiMax has tremendous potential. A complete move to LTE by Sprint would like mean capped data plans like Verizon and ATTs. What Sprint needs to do is carryout their plans to phase out Nextel and convert the 800mhz iDEN band to WiMax for better building penetration.

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Have Verizon LTE and i love it.... Just not the prices
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Have Verizon LTE and i love it.... Just not the prices
What do you mean? You are not grandfathered into unlimited data for $30 a month?
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