Sprint to Launch LTE in Former CDMA Spectrum
If the implications are not clear, it means Sprint has decided to start using the LTE air interface in the same spectrum it presently uses to support its 3G CDMA network.
That means a complete upgrade to LTE across the entire Sprint footprint, cannibalizing CDMA spectrum.
Some had thought Sprint would use the 800-MHz spectrum freed up by the shut down of the iDEN network, or perhaps spectrum made available by Clearwire. It appears Sprint simply has decided it cannot wait, and is going to start pulling 3G spectrum off line as it adds LTE services in the same frequencies.
Sprint executives expect that by the end of 2013, 275 million potential users (PoPs) will be covered by the LTE network, including 100 percent of the area where Sprint’s 4G WiMAX services now exist.
The move is highly significant, as it means Sprint is going to move fairly quickly to upgrade CDMA users to LTE.
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