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Dec
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You know the drill by now. It's time for some new LTE market announcements! Woo! Party hard. The network rollouts today are coming to Pennsylvania, California, Indiana, Virginia and Puerto Rico. This comes on the heels of Sprint announcing its intention to purchase the remaining shares of Clearwire that it didn't already own.

Here's the list of new cities:

  • Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind.
  • Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif.
  • Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif.
  • Southern Puerto Rico (including Ponce, Coamo and Guayama)
  • York/Hanover, Pa.
  • Franklin County, Pa.
  • Page County, Va.
  • Enhanced 4G LTE coverage around Shenandoah County, Va.

Not a bad set of additions. There is still much to be seen in regards to Sprint's LTE network rollout, particularly over the next year. In 2013 alone, we'll see Softbank officially acquire Sprint, Sprint officially acquire Clearwire, and the new mega-entity wrap up $480 worth of spectrum and customers in the Midwest from U.S. Cellular. It's going to be a hugely transformative year for the carrier.

In the meantime, we'll have to content ourselves with incremental network improvements like this one.

Source: Sprint

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://twitter.com/cabbieBot cabbieBot

    Would ya'll do an article on what the spectrum portfolio of Sprint looks like now, given these acquisitions, and how it would affect Network Vision and their competitiveness against AT&T and Verizon going forward?

    • DCMAKER

      i agree it would be awesome to get a full comparison on all carriers and there spectrum, coverage and users

      • http://twitter.com/cabbieBot cabbieBot

        It'd be a meaty article but I know the good folks at AP are up to it! :D

  • DCMAKER

    shocked there isn't any bitching yet about "AAhhh good god my big city doesn't have it yet RAWR."

    • https://www.facebook.com/MusicalWolf Todd Wolf

      Tell me it's not strange Cleveland is set to have LTE up and running before Columbus, the capitol of Ohio.

      • COPC

        Really? "Puerto Rico" is not even a state. Last count was 50 states and they are getting LTE! LOL

        • DCMAKER

          to all of ytou there can be plenty of reasons.

          1. location-does sprint have a major facility there that makes it easy and cheap to set up?
          2. is to a potential market to grab new customers? Did they set it up where there are no sprint customers so they can lure them in?
          3. is it a major sprint section that has high % of sprint customers and they don't want to loose them?
          4. do other carriers have 4g there? if not than they can be the first to that market and probably gain a large market share.
          5 i am done. use your brain there can be a 1000 different reasons why it is "strategic" to bring 4g to that location first.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            Add one more reason to the list...

            * Is it cheap or quick to add? Some markets, like New York City, require more towers because of the buildings and subways. Combine that with the significantly higher cost of tower locations, which requires negotiating contracts and prices with building/land owners. Even if it's the highest priority, markets like NYC take substantially longer to build out for than other markets which have flat terrain and fewer tall buildings.

            Obviously they are starting projects as quickly as they can and they're probably already building on all of the major markets, there's just no way to get it done any faster than they are.

          • DCMAKER

            also another one is the fact that building in new york wont have floods of subscribers switching because AT&T and Verizon already have 4g there i bet and own majority of the market share so there is little gain to build there. I may not think that Sprint is the smartest company in the world with the best employees or leadership but they are not down right stupid.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            Agreed, they don't really need to rush on New York (and some other markets). On the other hand, they would be foolish not to get certain markets locked up as soon as possible. For anybody who travels, if a couple of markets aren't shored up, they might completely exclude a carrier.

            Either way, Sprint is still cheaper than either AT&T and Verizon, so they would be wise to target areas where that would give them an advantage and make sure that they aren't too weak in key locations like major airline hubs.

        • http://www.xtremetechnews.com/author/chris-pagan Chris

          Exactly my point

    • http://www.xtremetechnews.com/author/chris-pagan Chris

      Oh man I just bitched about it

  • http://www.xtremetechnews.com/author/chris-pagan Chris

    How in the hell does Puerto Rico get freaking LTE before Tampa does. Don't get me wrong I'm from PR but for gods sake what the hell is going on!!!!

    • meatfist

      how does Puerto Rico get LTE before NY!?

      • http://www.xtremetechnews.com/author/chris-pagan Chris

        DCMAKER thinks he has the answer check it out!!!

  • Jas

    how about lighting up the Bay Area to begin with, like Verizon

  • Lisa

    What about Detroit?

  • Al

    I think it's long overdue for Philadelphia to get LTE. It's available in all the cities around it. Come on, Sprint!

  • Mark

    Yes,and Cleveland was due this past fall!

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