Sprint Adds Baltimore, Kansas City to LTE Launch List – As Company Preps for Mid-Year LTE Launch
Last month Sprint announced that their first LTE launch markets would arrive sometime mid-year, including Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and six other smaller markets. In a press statement, Sprint this morning announced that they’d be adding both Baltimore and Kansas City to that initial launch list. The company is conducting a $4-$5 billion network upgrade that involves retrofitting every Sprint cell site, eliminating the refrigerator-sized cabinets for each technology (800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz) in favor of small, more energy efficient multi-mode base stations allowing them to offer Mobile WiMax and LTE for the foreseeable future. Sprint says their goal is to cover 123 million “pops” (potential users) with LTE by the end of 2012, and 250 million by the end of 2013.
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