News by Andrew Kameka on Monday July 15, 2013.
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At the moment, Sprint's 4G LTE network is in dozens of small and mid markets in the U.S., though the network will reach as many as 200 million people by the end of 2013. By year's end, it will also start to show some of the benefits possible by Sprint's Network Vision plan. The vision calls for Sprint to decommission its iDEN network, which it did on June 30, and reallocate that spectrum towards better coverage.
Sprint will use tri-band LTE to enhance coverage. The 800MHz spectrum is known for delivering better in-building coverage, so newer Sprint phones will see enhanced data and call quality when indoors. The 1.9GHz spectrum, which Sprint currently uses as it primary coverage band, delivers 6 to 8 Mbps average downloads and maxes out at 25 Mbps. The 2.5GHz spectrum is geared towards deliver solid performance in densely populated areas. Sprint obtained a sizable portion of 2.5GHz spectrum in its Clearwire acquisition, and it will be used to improve service later this year.
The first tri-band capable devices will be the Netgear Zing and Novatel MiFi 500 wireless hotspots that go on sale this Friday. Sprint won't deliver tri-band devices until later this year, meaning customers shouldn't expect the best LTE options that Sprint has to offer until then. Towards the end of 2013, Sprint's 4G LTE will be more widely deployed; have a higher capacity to meet the demands of populated areas; and deliver faster, more reliable service that can reach service indoors.source: Sprint
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.