Sprint: LTE Advanced in 2013 – As Carrier Pushes to Close iDen, Refarm Spectrum
Sprint has already announced that they hope to cover 123 million potential customers by the end of this year with their upcoming LTE network, and we also recently learned that Sprint LTE pricing will essentially mirror existing WiMax pricing. Sprint held a press event this week at their Overland Park, Kansas headquarters to shed a little more light on the company’s upcoming LTE plans. The company in particular offered a little more timeline details, noting they’ll finish shuttering their iDen network in 2013 allowing them to refarm that 800MHz spectrum for LTE in 2014. The company also says they’ll be offering LTE Advanced starting in 2013. Sprint will shut down about 9,600 iDen cell cites this year alone — about a third of their total.
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