Right on time, Sprint has just announced that it has entered into a 15-year agreement with LightSquared to provide 4G LTE capabilities on its network. According to Sprint's press release, "LightSquared will make payments to Sprint of approximately $9 billion in cash for spectrum hosting and network services as well as LTE and satellite purchase credits which are currently estimated to be valued at approximately $4.5 billion".

With this deal going ahead, LightSquared expects nationwide 4G to cover 260 million people in the USA by 2014 - one year ahead of the FCC mandate of 2015.

“This spectrum hosting agreement with LightSquared allows Sprint to more efficiently use its Network Vision platform,” said Steve Elfman, president of Network Operations and Wholesale for Sprint. “In addition to improving our cash flow, it provides additional options and flexibility in how we meet our customers’ future capacity needs.”

The deal will help to eradicate any issues that LightSquared had with GPS system conflicts, as it will allow the company to use Sprint's network for its testing.

The move will no doubt attract more people to the network as 4G LTE services begin to roll out on Sprint's devices, and improving these speeds across the board should also make plans more competitive in the long run across all mobile networks.

Source: Sprint

John Thompson
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  • John

    So what does this mean for sprint's wimax? Are they going to phase it out? Will their current 4g phones work with this new LTE?

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Hell yes. I don't know what it means for Wimax yet, but I don't really care - when it's time to roll to LTE, I'll get a new phone (won't be for a while anyway).

  • spookytay

    I think and hoping that Sprint's waiting to get rid of the iDen network, and use the 800mhz spectrum for the new LTE, which would give it great signal strengh and should be at just about the right time, sometime in 2012-2013

  • Jose

    Yes. Guess I'm sticking with the Evo 3D until the 1st LTE phone comes out

  • Dion

    hopefully and that first 4G LTE phone would be the next nexus

  • VoodooXTC

    Am I the only one that is freakin the !@#$% out about this!!??

    I believe that WiMax will still be supported as they roll out LTE and it will just fade away eventually as they stop making phones that support WiMax.

  • SupersonicMike

    So if I'm reading this right, Sprint is giving some of it's spectrum to LightSquared in exchange for some of the toxic L-Band spectrum that LS can't use because it kills GPS?

    RIP Sprint :(