by Robert Herron
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Monday, March 19, 2012 - 8:47 PM MDT
Two Non WiMax markets to tell you about! We are now prepared to tell you about two more Round Two markets in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012...
Indianapolis and East Michigan!
Sprint's Network Vision vendor Samsung will likely begin Network Vision and LTE deployment in these two Sprint markets in 2012. This is not an imminent start in the next few weeks. These are Second Round starts. Which means that the start of these markets is dependent on when the previous market before it wraps up. There is no way to determine at this point which markets will precede them. Even Sprint does not know definitively at this point.
Sprint's Indianapolis market
Sprint's Indianapolis market makes up the majority of Central Indiana. Including the cities of Indianapolis, Carmel, Bloomington, Lafayette, Anderson, Muncie, Kokomo and Columbus. It is bordered by the Central Illinois market to the west, the West Kentucky market to the south, the Cincinnati market to the east and the Ft. Wayne/South Bend market to the north. The Indianapolis market will have 323 sites in total after Network Vision is complete.
Sprint's Indianapolis Market. All 300+ Network Vision sites are shown for the Indianapolis market in this map. Click on image to enlarge.
Sprint's East Michigan market
Sprint's East Michigan market is all of the east side of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. It includes Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor, the Tri-Cities (Midland, Saginaw and Bay City), Jackson, Port Huron and Alpena. It is bordered by the West Michigan market to the west and Toledo market to the south. A total of 735 Network Vision sites.
Sprint's East Michigan Market. All of the approximately 700+ Network Vision sites are shown for the East Michigan market in this map. Click on image to enlarge.
We would love to give you the date, but...
There is absolutely no way for S4GRU to be able to provide a start date for these markets, or any of the Second Round 2012 markets that will be announced after these. We are announcing these markets to you for your information, to give Sprint customers a rough idea of when these second round markets can be anticipated.
There is absolutely no guarantee of the order in which these markets come live, because there is a lot of variability in the plan. The most significant variable being how quickly the preceding market before it wraps up. If things go quickly in the preceding market, work may start early. Things go late, these would likely start late. And to complicate start dates in each market, Sprint has said they may elect to slow down Network Vision in future quarters if cash flow becomes strained.
Sprint has three different OEM vendors, with several different crews in many markets at once. There could be final permitting and design delays, some vendors and/or crews will work at different speeds, weather issues and any number of unforeseen circumstances to complicate matters even further. First round market starts are much easier to predict, but second round and third round markets starts are increasingly difficult to predict and put dates to. This is likely the reason why Sprint has elected not to announce these markets themselves at this time. But we know you don't want to wait for Sprint to tell you! With these caveats understood, we are releasing the Network Vision second round markets in the order that they are anticipating to start deployment, based on the schedules as they exist to date.
Photo of Indianapolis skyline courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
We won't stop digging for you!
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates will continue to scour through the data and gather deployment information for your use. It is our intent to provide at a minimum, all the Sprint markets that will likely begin Network Vision/LTE upgrades in 2012. And we intend to do so in a series of articles over the next few weeks. We will not likely announce communities slated for 2013, because the dates we hold for 2013 markets appear very tentative and subject to change. With the many variables to sort out between now and 2013. Sprint could make significant shifts in deployment plans based on dynamic need change, funding, market permitting difficulties, etc.
With the release of Indianapolis and East Michigan markets today, that brings the total of Network Vision markets announced to 33. We have have a thread in our forums where we are keeping track of all the markets announced by Sprint and S4GRU.com. Click on this link here to view the Network Vision Market Running List.
Stay tuned to Sprint 4G Rollout Updates. On Wednesday we will be releasing the next two Round Two markets for Sprint Network Vision and LTE deployment. We will be talking about it in a few hours in advance in a S4GRU Live Chat at 9:30 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday evening. Come join us!
Information about the source: The information for all of our Network Vision information has been freely provided by several sources close to the Network Vision program who choose to remain anonymous. No source information will be released to protect anonymity.
Special thanks to S4GRU Member digiblur for creating the Indianapolis and East Michigan market maps! Thank you!