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by Robert Herron
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Monday, September 10, 2012 - 8:05 AM MDT

 

This morning, we received a Press Release from Sprint Marketing that shows some of Sprint's plan in their LTE deployment through the end of the year. In this Press Release, Sprint officially names 12 more markets that have received/starting to receive LTE deployments currently, and names more than 100 communities names.

None of these are any surprise to people who follow S4GRU closely, especially those with access to Sponsor content. In fact, this Press Release is a big confirmation of all of our data to date.

This will be an exciting update to the millions of Sprint customers in these areas and now makes many more markets official. Stay with S4GRU to plot the progress!

 

Sprint Press Release said:
Sprint Nextel Corporation has posted the following release to its Newsroom website:

Sprint 4G LTE Available in More Than 100 Additional Cities in the Coming Months

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 10, 2012 - Continuing its aggressive momentum in delivering a top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that the 4G LTE network build is under way in more than 100 additional cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint. Some of the major metropolitan areas in which Sprint 4G LTE is expected to be available in the coming months are Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

“We are committed to delivering a cutting-edge network as quickly as possible, one that provides a greater level of reliability and speed to our 3G and 4G customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “We know our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We want to deliver a network that delivers mobile access, productivity and entertainment at a highly competitive price point.”

The 4G LTE Network build is under way in the following areas:

  • Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
  • Albermarle, N.C.
  • Anderson, Ind.
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Athens, Tenn.
  • Athens, Texas
  • Austin, Texas
  • Barnstable Town (Hyannis/Midcape), Mass.
  • Baton Rouge, La.
  • Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Md.
  • Boston
  • Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Chicago
  • Clarksville, Tenn.
  • Cleveland, Tenn.
  • Coamo, Puerto Rico
  • College Station, Texas
  • Columbia, Tenn.
  • Columbus, Ind.
  • Cookeville, Tenn.
  • Crossville, Tenn.
  • Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach, Fla.
  • Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.
  • Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla.
  • Gainesville, Fla.
  • Gary, Ind.
  • Goldsboro, N.C.
  • Greenville, N.C.
  • Greeneville, Tenn.
  • Guayama, Puerto Rico
  • Hammond, La.
  • Harriman, Tenn.
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.
  • Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, La.
  • Hutchinson, Kan.
  • Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Kankakee-Bradley-Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Kerrville, Texas
  • Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas
  • Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.
  • Kinston, N.C.
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
  • Lancaster, S.C.
  • Lawrence, Kan.
  • Lincolnton, N.C.
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.
  • Lumberton, N.C.
  • Marion, Indiana
  • McPherson, Kan.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla.
  • Michigan City-La Porte, Ill.
  • Morgan City, La.
  • Morristown, Tenn.
  • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Muncie, Ind.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • New Orleans
  • New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.
  • Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Va.
  • Ocala, Fla.
  • Ocean Pines, Md.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Ottawa-Streator, Ill.
  • Palatka, Fla.
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.
  • Palm Coast, Fla.
  • Peabody/Lawrence-Methuen/Gloucester, Mass.
  • Philadelphia
  • Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Port St. Lucie, Fla.
  • Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
  • Rochelle, Ill.
  • Rockford, Ill.
  • Rocky Mount, N.C.
  • Salina, Kan.
  • Salisbury, Md.
  • Salisbury, N.C.
  • San German-Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Sebring, Fla.
  • Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Shelby, N.C.
  • Sherman-Denison, Texas
  • Southern Pines-Pinehurst, N.C.
  • South Bend, Ind.
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Statesville-Mooresville, N.C.
  • St. Thomas, USVI
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.
  • Topeka, Kan.
  • Tullahoma, Tenn.
  • Tupelo, Miss.
  • Warrensburg, Mo.
  • Warsaw, Ind.
  • Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Va.
  • Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Fla.
  • Wichita, Kan.
  • Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Wilson, N.C.
  • Worcester-Fitchburg-Leominster, Mass.
  • Yauco, Puerto Rico

During the pre-launch phase, customers with capable 4G LTE devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches. Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, at which point we expect coverage, performance and reliability to get even better. Eventually, the markets will fill in until coverage largely matches the existing nationwide 3G footprint. By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have completed the nationwide build out of the all new 3G and 4G network.

Currently, Sprint offers the new 4G LTE service in 19 metropolitan areas: Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Newnan, Ga.; Rome, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Gainesville, Ga.; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Kansas City, Mo./Kansas City, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; Waco, Texas; and St. Joseph, Mo.

According to management consulting firm Chetan Sharma Consulting, mobile data is expected to comprise 95 percent of the global mobile traffic by 2015. Sprint’s network strategy, known as Network Vision, is designed to meet these growing demands. With Network Vision, customers can expect to benefit from an updated 3G network and new 4G LTE network, enabling expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster data speeds as the improvements are rolled out across the country.

“The mobile industry is going through an incredible change – smartphones, connected devices, and the seemingly unlimited supply of new applications and services are changing consumer behavior in dramatic ways,” said Chetan Sharma, founder and president at Chetan Sharma Consulting.

As part of its overall network strategy, Sprint is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These enhancements are now available to customers in several markets across the country, with significant deployment in Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C., and will continue to improve in the weeks and months ahead.

Sprint was the first national wireless carrier to introduce 4G on the WiMAX network in 2008 and began rolling out 4G LTE to customers on July 15 in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and surrounding cities

.Unlimited + Sprint 4G LTE = Game-changing wireless offer for customers

In today’s competitive wireless market, the value of unlimited has never been more apparent and Sprint is clearly the best choice in wireless. Customers with capable devices can combine Sprint’s all-new 3G and 4G LTE networks and enjoy unlimited data while on the Sprint network. Data usage continues to increase and consumers value Truly Unlimited data because it’s simple and straightforward – no metering, no throttling, and no need to share data, which increases the likelihood of a surprise monthly bill because of overage charges.

Coupled with unbeatable plans and fast devices, Sprint has been working hard to deliver the best customer experience in the past few years. The 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries measured, over the last four years. And Sprint has been ranked Highest in Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-service Wireless Providers three times in a row by J.D. Power and Associates.

Sprint’s Network Vision project expects to be largely complete with the all-new network by the end of 2013. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visitwww.sprint.com/4GLTE.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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There was not a single city in the Mountain Time Zone and only LA in the Pacific time zone. I thought that San Francisco was under way and I swear I saw some 4G sites in the San Jose/Silicon valley area on the maps on this site. It seems like they failed to list cities west of the Rockies except for LA. Was this list simply thrown together from a much larger list or is this all we can expect in the coming months?

 

Yeah, it is odd. It may not be all inclusive. San Francisco has already started deployment in the past few weeks.

 

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During the pre-launch phase, customers with capable 4G LTE devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches.

This is the best thing I've heard officially from Sprint!

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This is the best thing I've heard officially from Sprint!

 

Will this mean they will stop blocking sites once they have been accepted?

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I guess with that behemoth to the north we in San Diego trail again. Altho we seem in good company- both San Francisco and Phoenix are also out in the cold.

 

I've been waiting a what seems like a long time for improvements, as I sit here with 1 bar on my evolte (had no bars fri-sun) at home in the heart of Pt. Loma.

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Good news and bad news.

 

Good that they talking about the upcoming communities who are going to have access to the service, Bad that nothing on that list says Seattle, Bellevue or Kirkland. :(

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During the pre-launch phase, customers with capable 4G LTE devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches.

This is the best thing I've heard officially from Sprint!

 

That was the first thing I thought too. Glad to see they are officially going to leave open access as they come up.

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There's a riot in Engadget. They keep complaining about San Diego/Phoenix/etc not being on the list. I thought this bit of news was good. 100+ cities in the coming months? awesome even though my city isn't there xD

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Well hopefully, they will wait for a California event like the iphone 5 launch or MobileCon in San Diego to announce the cities west of the Rockies. I can only assume that this current announcement was made without reference to the west coast because Samsung and Alcatel-Lucent haven't released updated progress reports for the region.

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Wayne New York? Really Sprint? Never mind Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo... WAYNE!

 

You must have not received the memo, but this is METRO area of NYC first. The rest of the state comes later. That much should have been obvious when you read the deployment site names.

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I already knew about my Current home (Jacksonville) was getting NV upgrades but my hometown (Rocky Mount NC) is getting them too .. maybe i will finally be able to get signal at my grandma's house

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There's a riot in Engadget. They keep complaining about San Diego/Phoenix/etc not being on the list. I thought this bit of news was good. 100+ cities in the coming months? awesome even though my city isn't there xD

 

They just want their LTE iPhones w/ unlim data. Damned hypocrites.

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I will say it was a grave mistake by Sprint not to try and make ammends with this rollout. Phoenix especially deserved better, sure logistics may have been difficult but they really needed to make that one happen, somehow.

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There's a riot in Engadget. They keep complaining about San Diego/Phoenix/etc not being on the list. I thought this bit of news was good. 100+ cities in the coming months? awesome even though my city isn't there xD

 

It is great news but Phoenix has been waiting for 4G for 2+ years. The majority of people don't know about the technicalities that Sprint has to go through to get 4G here, they just know that there's no signal. For this reason they get frustrated and we can't really blame them.

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I'm always amazed how many of you think that deploying in each market is an equal proposition. Some markets can deploy faster than others, some have backhaul that will take longer than others. There are many more factors than Sprint just picking winners and losers when it comes to markets.

 

As for SF Bay, this market was supposed to start much sooner. However there have been lots of delays in getting that market started. It is not as if Sprint decided to delay the market. Mostly it is because of Northern California bureaucracy.

 

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Don't be ridiculous. Those cities are in the Raleigh/Durham market. They will not actively avoid one major city in the market. Either Raleigh/Durham was accidentally omitted in the list, that area has delayed backhaul, or they used a date like December 31st in their database, and RDU was just beyond (like Jan 1 or early January, etc.).Sprint is not intentionally avoiding Raleigh. The deployment is being handled by Subcontractors, and they want to get as much work done as possible as soon as possible. There is no targeted effort to avoid Raleigh. It's preposterous.Robert

 

Don't worry I don't think they are avoiding it. I honestly think it's like you said a backhaul problem. I'm just being impatient. My point was really "everything around it being upgraded... why not us *whine*" I'm a huge cynic, but all-in-all an optimist of the whole network vision.

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I didn't read this Press Release to mean that there will not be any blocking whatsoever. I still think they will block LTE at sites and in some whole markets when it makes sense to them. However, there will be signals that will come and go during testing. Kind of like what we are seeing in Boston now. I think this is what they are referring to. But I'm not going to read too much into this.

 

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I'm always amazed how many of you think that deploying in each market is an equal proposition. Some markets can deploy faster than others, some have backhaul that will take longer than others. There are many more factors than Sprint just picking winners and losers when it comes to markets.

 

Some of us do understand, the average customer probably doesn't, and honestly the majority of us probably don't care. What we do know is that we have 4G devices but no signal, this is why we get frustrated and why many switch or consider switching carriers. We use the internet (and sites like this) to vent.

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Some of us do understand, the average customer probably doesn't, and honestly the majority of us probably don't care. What we do know is that we have 4G devices but no signal, this is why we get frustrated and why many switch or consider switching carriers. We use the internet (and sites like this) to vent.

 

I understand everyone's frustrations. However, S4GRU is more about knowledge. Venting is for other sites.

 

Robert

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