There's been a lot of buzz over Sprint's LTE plans lately, but the company's vice president of network development and engineering, Iyad Tarazi has just added more fuel to the fire, indicating that Sprint plans to deploy LTE-Advanced in a 10x10 configuration by the first half of 2013, using its 800MHz spectrum, offering download speeds of around 12-15 MB/s.

Meanwhile, Sprint's deployment of LTE on their 1900MHz spectrum is still on track for commercial launch by mid-2012. By the end of 2013, the company plans on having LTE coverage more expansive than their current CDMA network, covering 250-277 million POPs.


Tarazi also indicated plans to move voice service from CDMA 1x to LTE, launching the first VoLTE devices in the first quarter of 2013. This is a rather exciting bit of information, as it means users will (one day) be able to talk and surf the web at the same time, something AT&T subscribers have been enjoying for some time now.

As for WiMax, Tarazi said that Sprint's agreement with Clearwire will allow them to continue supporting the network for many years. Sprint will also continue to invest in its EV-DO network to keep 3G going.

All in all, it looks like Sprint is preparing to give their service a huge overhaul, and LTE-Advanced coupled with VoLTE should be pretty exciting news for subscribers.

Source: Fierce Wireless

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  • James

    Does this mean much to current cell phone providers that run off of Sprint's network? Aka Virgin mobile? Any chance coverage gets better right now with more towers going up to still support 3G

  • http://denh.am DrMacinyasha

    12-15mbps on LTE-A? What the shit? That's literally like running a GigE cable, and getting Thinnet speeds!

    I want 100mbps on my LTE-A, dammit!

    • Matt

      Should help with all the iPhones clogging up our network.

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

      You're right - LTE-A should go to 1Gbps theoretical and while real-life will probably be lower, it shouldn't be 100x lower. I bet FW fucked up and meant 12-15MB/s, which is ~100mbps. Someone needs to learn the difference between b and B (which would be 8x).


  • Carl

    I hope this means they stop pumping out bullshit wimax phones. It sucks, for starters and is SLOW, SPOTTY, and not in my damn area! lol

  • Biglord

    Test Date: Oct 23, 2011 11:36:32 am
    Connection Type: Lte
    Server: Merrillville, IN
    Download: 36.12 Mbps
    Upload: 10.38 Mbps
    Ping: 82 ms

    External IP:
    Internal IP:
    Latitude: 41.62026
    Longitude: -87.53480 Verizon baby! TB!

  • taylordd

    The problem is that Sprint doesn't have WiMax in my area, and as a result of their push towards LTE, I doubt they'll throw us a bone. The way I see it it'd be late next year by the time we (maybe) get Sprint here (Central Valley, CA) and I just can't wait that long. hello big red

  • jerome

    I have Sprint Wimax and can talk and surf at the same time on 4G which is somewhat decent n DC area

  • http://www.validtech.com Tom Secreto

    I have been on Sprint for about 12 years and I read these arguments all the time. I just can't understand why most people do not understand the word "Balance".
    Take no dropped calls, continuous coverage up the entire east coast (S. FL to NY) AND 4G speeds here in zip 33462 of 4-8 down. No if that is not good enough then expect to be disappointed ALL of the time. Set reasonable expectations, the other end of you internet connection is not going to be able to push unrealistic speeds to everyone at the same time anyway.
    My speeds are almost as good as my average WiFi using an HTC EVO4G which I still love.
    The difference in seconds should not be such a big thing the total experience is the real measurement. I am more concerned with keeping the pricing stable since in my opinion Sprint does not nickel and dime us to death.
    Proper expectation and total value should be what counts, hats off to those who can spend a fortune each month but that can't last.