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Recently, Neville Ray made a comment about T-Mo getting to a network size of 300M PoPs in 2015 which would put their network size generally on par with AT&T and Verizon.  While there wasn't much talk of how they're going to achieve this milestone (i.e. through native buildout or through roaming, etc.), it seems like a new dimension of 'network wars' (or deja vu if one counts the tussle between T-mo and AT&T in 2012 over '4G' coverage) and such parity would really put pressure on the duopoly by taking away one of their key talking points/differentiators.

 

I've always assumed that completion of Network Vision wouldn't result in appreciable increases in network size (+/- 280M PoPs) but the above concerns me that Sprint might end up at a competitive disadvantage relative to the others. Is there any insight into whether Sprint is planning to respond with a 300M PoP coverage target of their own?

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joshnys8913    250

Recently, Neville Ray made a comment about T-Mo getting to a network size of 300M PoPs in 2015 which would put their network size generally on par with AT&T and Verizon.  While there wasn't much talk of how they're going to achieve this milestone (i.e. through native buildout or through roaming, etc.), it seems like a new dimension of 'network wars' (or deja vu if one counts the tussle between T-mo and AT&T in 2012 over '4G' coverage) and such parity would really put pressure on the duopoly by taking away one of their key talking points/differentiators.

 

I've always assumed that completion of Network Vision wouldn't result in appreciable increases in network size (+/- 280M PoPs) but the above concerns me that Sprint might end up at a competitive disadvantage relative to the others. Is there any insight into whether Sprint is planning to respond with a 300M PoP coverage target of their own?

we will get there

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stuckinohio1    67

The yellow is Sprint EVDO? seems sort of a useless map since they are overlaying LTE and once thats done i would assume they would shut down EVDO and move that over to make more LTE carriers.

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jroepcke51    938

The yellow is Sprint EVDO? seems sort of a useless map since they are overlaying LTE and once thats done i would assume they would shut down EVDO and move that over to make more LTE carriers.

Yes it does. But for every site, sprint is upgrading with new equipment. Evdo will not be shut down so soon. Sprint does not need to refarm bc of all the spectrum in band 41. In most markets, they will be able to deploy 3 20mhz channels and have carrier aggregation on top of that

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