Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Friday, February 24, 2012 - 5:59 AM MST
OK, a pattern is emerging. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning we are releasing the next Network Vision/LTE market Sprint is planning to start deployment during 2012. And today is Friday, so that means we will announce a new market name...
New York City!
Yes, the Big Apple. Sprint's Network Vision vendor Alcatel/Lucent will begin to deploy its Hail Mary Network Vision and LTE in the Sprint NYC market. We are announcing the Sprint markets that will receive NV/LTE in 2012 roughly in order. There is absolutely no guarantee of the order in which these markets come live, because there is a lot of variability in the plan.
Three different vendors, with several different crews in several 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. First round market starts are much easier to predict, but second round and third round markets starts are predicated on the timing of the previous market wrap up preceding it. This is likely the reason why Sprint has elected not to announce these markets themselves at this time.
With these caveats understood, we are releasing the Network Vision markets in the order that they anticipate to start deployment. For Alcatel/Lucent, Baltimore and Boston will start first. DC, NYC and the market to be announced on Monday may start after those wrap up. There could be some overlap if A/L has the manpower to execute them sooner, given that the design work and permitting associated with all 5 markets is largely complete.
Sprint's NYC market covers all the Boroughs, Westchester, and the Hudson Valley all the way up to Saugerties. North Jersey, Long Island and Southern Connecticut are in separate markets and will deploy at a later date. Alcatel/Lucent will be preparing for mobilization in the near future and work should commence on converting these 1,100+ sites to Network Vision standards. The entire market will take more than 8 months to complete, but there will be many sites coming online monthly for first round LTE device holders to enjoy.
Sprint's NYC Market. All 1,100+ Network Vision sites are shown for the NYC market in this map. Click on image to enlarge.
We 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 New York City today, that brings the total of Network Vision markets announced to eleven. Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Baltimore and Kansas City as announced by Sprint. Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C. and New York City announced by Sprint 4G Rollout Updates.
Stay tuned to Sprint 4G Rollout Updates. On Monday we will be announcing another Network Vision/LTE market that Alcatel/Lucent will be working to bring online for Sprint in 2012. This is likely the final A/L market for 2012. If A/L gets ahead of schedule (and Sprint has the cash flow to accelerate), it's possible they may start the next round of market deployments prior to the end of 2012.
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Information about the source: The information for all of our Network Vision information has been obtained by several internal 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 NYC Market map! Kudos!