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Nationwide Sprint Market Map is here!!!


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Finally...what many of you have been waiting for. A National Sprint market map, by county (or parish for y'all in Louisiana!).

 

The map file is very large (full resolution version is over 3MB). 90%+ of counties only have sites from one market, or another. In a small handful of counties (like Imperial County, California), there are sites in two markets. In the small handful of instances where that occurs, we tried to color it the market that has the most sites in that county.

 

Thanks to Digiblur for his tireless efforts in the S4GRU Cartography Division!

 

- Robert

gallery_1_5_299248.jpgNationwide Sprint Market Map. Here all 97 Sprint Markets are shown. Click on Image to Enlarge.

 

You can go here to view and download the full resolution image... http://s4gru.herronw...ap10MAR2012.jpg



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Wow! Look how much Sprint coverage was lost when it lost the roaming agreement up north. If I remember correctly that was an Alltel market that was converted to AT&T after Verizon bought Alltel out. Is that area going to be worked on under NV or is Sprint going to abandon the upper mid-west

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The "empty quarter" in the upper Great Plains and Rocky Mountain states just reinforces what could have been had Sprint somehow made a successful preemptive bid for Alltel.

 

AJ

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This is just a native coverage map. It does not include any partner or affiliate carriers. Just Native Sprint markets.

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Would this be a good idea of Sprint coverage post-NV? A lot of empty spaces in the mid-West. Only way I can thing of Sprint expanding into those areas is if they win the public safety network contract, in which Sprint would have to expand NV towers into.

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I'm so confused as to why Sprint would put the North eastern most county in Nevada in the upper central valley market and not in the Utah Market it's right by. lol

 

And maybe I'm just crazy, lol

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Josh, there is only one site in all of Elko County. It's in Wendover, only a few hundred feet west of the Utah state line. I'm surprised it wasn't a part of the Utah market myself. But it is indeed allocated to the Upper Central Valley market. Quite strange.

 

- Robert

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There is no legend, because the colors repeat themselves frequently. With 97 markets, there was too many for unique coloring. We had to break it down to six basic colors.

 

- Robert

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Thanks for posting the map. That big white blotch in the north central part of the country really stands out.

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Aren't we under the impression that each market 's network vision overhaul will be complete before they move on to another market? Common sense says they'll hit the cities first, but I seem to think you've said markets will go from start to finish before they move on? Reason I ask... The "Memphis" market clearly includes a huge swatch of north Mississippi that happens to be horribly neglected... still 1x territory and very little native coverage when you're traveling.

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Jeff...it is my understanding that no market will be demobilized in the middle of deployment. Supposedly, once a market starts, NV OEM's will not leave until it's complete.

 

However, yesterday I learned there will be two phases to each market. I will write more about these details soon.

 

Robert

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My question is not for the large white splotch, but for the tiny ones. Once NV is complete, do we think that any of these 'holes' in native coverage will be closed? And one other person had commented that there is a contract to build a public safety network contract, so what is the time table for that decision and how likely is it for sprint to win that contract?

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This map shows market coverages after Network Vision, not before. So if the county is white, it will not have coverage after Network Vision either.

 

It's possible that Sprint may expand coverage in the future. But they are not planning any meaningful expansion before the end of 2013.

 

Robert

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Interesting no one ever seems to have any dialogue regarding So. Calif. The largest population density in the country. We have the worst 4G coverage and most likely no 4G LTE for another 2 yrs.

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Interesting no one ever seems to have any dialogue regarding So. Calif. The largest population density in the country. We have the worst 4G coverage and most likely no 4G LTE for another 2 yrs.

 

4G LTE Deployment is already under way in LA County. It will be later in the year for Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego County to begin. Ventura County will not begin until 2013.

 

Robert

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Logic would seem to dictate that once Sprint committed to LTE that they'd go balls out to completion. I know this is a big country but if Sprint wants to run with the Big Dogs, they're a "Big" company, you do what it takes to get it done like a big company. It must get old always playing catch up. Somehow, being one of the top "Green" companies, isn't quite the same as a demographic of Happy subscribers. As they say, "If you're not the lead dog, the View never changes.

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Logic would seem to dictate that once Sprint committed to LTE that they'd go balls out to completion. I know this is a big country but if Sprint wants to run with the Big Dogs, they're a "Big" company, you do what it takes to get it done like a big company. It must get old always playing catch up. Somehow, being one of the top "Green" companies, isn't quite the same as a demographic of Happy subscribers. As they say, "If you're not the lead dog, the View never changes.

 

Sprint is not just going around and smacking up LTE on towers. It is completely replacing every piece of equipment at every site and their entire network from top to bottom. The Network Vision program replaces the entire Sprint network and adds LTE functionality. It will take over two years to complete it all. But it will create a state of the art network for us to enjoy for years to come.

 

In comparison, Verizon is neither converting everyone of their sites, nor putting LTE on every tower. They are also using 700MHz spectrum. This allows for a much faster deployment. Verizon's deployment also is taking over two years to complete. They just had a head start on LTE.

 

Given that Sprint's network upgrade is going to take as much time to deploy as Verizon's, but has much more scope of work being completed, it is quite an impressive feat. We here at S4GRU are watching and tracking the entire deployment.

 

Robert

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Does Sprint already hold licenses for much of the country that do not now have service? I mean are some of the PCS and 800 Mhz licenses nation wide? If they don't have licenses for the great white wastelands it would be a lot harder and expensive to ever build out in those areas.

 

Also sorry for asking on a topic that's months old.<shrug>

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Sprint has licenses for every bit of the nation... In the areas they haven't deployed it themselves, they have leased it to their affiliates, and in the case of Alaska have a network sharing agreement with GCI.

 

Nat

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