Sprint: LTE in iDEN Spectrum?

Few observers think Sprint will not adopt Long Term Evolution as one of its fourth generation network strategies, though most expect it also will continue to use Clearwire’s WiMAX as well. If Sprint decides to switch to LTE, the company must find spectrum to do so.

“There is a high likelihood that LTE is in our future in one flavor or another,” said Geoff Martin, who heads up the U.S. operator’s M2M collaboration center.

The logical candidate is the 14 MHz of 800 MHz spectrum now used to support the iDEN network and Nextel devices. Sprint has announced plans to decommission iDEN in 2013.

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