by Robert Herron
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Friday, November 18, 2011 - 11:50 AM MST
There has been an exciting new development over at the Sprint website. If you go to https://network.sprint.com/, you can enter in your city, zip code, or select a major metro area and observe Sprint's network upgrades for the past six months, or planned for the next 6 months. You can scroll around all over the place and click on towers for more info.
This is a great idea, and a much more transparent approach of upgrades than we have ever seen before from Sprint. Hopefully, we will see upcoming 4G LTE information rolled out in such the same fashion. How does you area fare?
You can see Santa Fe, New Mexico below...
For a little clarity, I have provided these definitions for you to help understand:
- Voice Capacity Upgrades means they are adding another 1x Voice Carrier. This will reduce dropped calls and allow for more calls to be carried by the tower.
- Data Capacity Upgrades means that are adding another 3G EVDO data carrier to the tower. It will allow more simultaneous users. Too many users per tower carrier means slower data.
- Data Speed Upgrades means that Sprint is upgrading the backhaul (or connection to the internet) with more T1 lines. This will allow users faster and more consistent data speeds.
NOTE: Special thanks to Spence Southard for the tip! Good job!