by Robert Herron
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
October 21, 2011
This is an exciting article about new System-on-Chip (SoC) chipsets coming out for LTE that will run on all frequencies between 700MHz and 3.5GHz. If Sprint used something like this, it would allow for a lot of LTE flexibility in the future.
Currently, Sprint has only announced LTE on 1900 only. However, Sprint can be running LTE on as many as 8 different frequencies in the next few years (700, 800, 900, 1500, 1600, 1900, 2000, 2500). If they released phones with LTE chips that ran on 1900 only, those device holders would have to upgrade their device yet again when Sprint added another LTE band. But with these chips, a new device would not be necessary.
Additionally, this would start to open up the possibility for worldwide LTE roaming. Lots of other issues to work out, like antennas. But an exciting first step.
Originally published on S4GRU's Facebook Page on October 21, 2011