by Robert Herron
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 1:00 AM MDT
Oh my friends in Milwaukee, you have been so patient. Well, most of you. Especially my pal, Frank! It seems like I am harassed every day by someone in Beer City USA. Some of S4GRU's most loyal fans hail from Milwaukee. We are very happy to provide you an update. For you and your fellow Great Lakes neighbors in Cleveland.
As most of you who are reading this article know, Sprint 4G Rollout Updates has released the list of First and Second Round markets that Sprint is focusing on in the first half of Network Vision and LTE Deployment. Last Friday, we also brought you a story how it appears that Phoenix and Tucson appear to be moving up the schedule. We can report the same thing appears to be happening with Milwaukee and Cleveland.
Officially, Milwaukee and Cleveland are in the Third Round. However, S4GRU.com can reveal to you that the dates for RF Design and backhaul dates for these two markets are significantly earlier than other 3rd Round markets. Additionally, in a Network Vision schedule update S4GRU obtained a few weeks ago, both the Milwaukee and Cleveland markets engineering schedules moved up from previous schedules. And are now the same as Phoenix and Tucson.
Photo of Milwaukee skyline from Lake Michigan provided courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.Photo by Michael D. Strande.
Now with the latest schedule updates, the Milwaukee and Cleveland markets engineering and design are only 30 days later than what is shown for the last 2nd Round markets. Whereas 3rd Round markets are typically 4 to 5 months later. However, even with the improved dates, Samsung still shows these two markets being in the 3rd Round.
Are these markets being moved up to the Second Round? Will they be in a no man's land schedule wise between the 2nd and 3rd round with Phoenix and Tucson? We cannot say with certainty at this time.
It appears that something is afoot. We will continue to monitor schedule progress and let all of you know of any more changes that occur with Milwaukee and Cleveland. If I were a betting man, I would wager that you will start seeing sites come live before the end of the 2nd Round.
Photo of Cleveland skyline provided courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates also recently seen some new documents at the end of last week that could provide a little hope for two additional markets. We are reviewing the details more thoroughly and may have an article about it soon. Then, the market announcements will stop for awhile. I can't think of why we would announce 3rd Round markets so early. There is way too much variability to what can happen with their schedules. We may repeat this exercise again with 3rd and 4th Round markets later in the year.
Source: Undisclosed internal source