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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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When Sprint Said New York NY, Dose it means Only Manhattan, or also Brooklyn & Queens?

 

All the boroughs.

 

Robert

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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.

 

Have you been to Wayne? I'm sure the 4 Sprint users there will be overjoyed to have LTE.

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Woot woot! I see BR, LA on there. I can't say that it is underway yet though, might have to go check out a tower that is supposed to have started.

 

Kinda funny to see this before the upcoming Apple thingy or as I say "yearly milking".

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Interesting that Ft. Myers-Naples/SW Florida markets are not on the official list, but were on the 2nd round list here (along with Tampa). Does this mean we got pushed? Been with Sprint a long time for non-business use and the kids/wife want smart phones and unlimited data ...

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Interesting that Ft. Myers-Naples/SW Florida markets are not on the official list, but were on the 2nd round list here (along with Tampa). Does this mean we got pushed? Been with Sprint a long time for non-business use and the kids/wife want smart phones and unlimited data ...

 

I believe deployment will continue this Fall as planned. However, it likely did not meet the launch deadline of December that they probably used to make this list.

 

Robert, S4GRU.com

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Nothing in the mitten, but our first site upgrades aren't scheduled with panel installs until another few weeks out

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Robert I see South Bend, IN on the list as well as Elkhart-Goshen, IN. What about Mishawaka, IN?

 

Don't read too much into this list. It is not exclusive. It's just an attempt by Sprint marketing gurus to look ahead in the schedule and determine which communities will have enough coverage to allow LTE to be used before December 31st.

 

The people who made the list may have thought Mishawaka was too minor to actually note in the list, there may be only one tower anticipated complete in Mishawaka at that time, or its possible that Mishawaka misses the December 31st deadline for this list and falls in January.

 

No matter what, Mishawaka is going to get deployment with the entire Ft. Wayne/South Bend market. And since the deployment is more a site by site deployment than a city by city deployment, the details of this list are not very meaningful.

 

Robert, S4GRU.com

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Hmm, I thought Minnesota was starting end of August. Looks like they must be behind.

 

We have been reporting that Minnesota market wouldn't launch until Spring 2013: http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/212-network-visionlte-deployment-running-list/

 

I interpret this to be communities where Sprint will have a launchable amount of coverage before the end of the year. So I am not surprised at all that no Minnesota cities are on this list.

 

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Don't read too much into this list. It is not exclusive. It's just an attempt by Sprint marketing gurus to look ahead in the schedule and determine which communities will have enough coverage to allow LTE to be used before December 31st.The people who made the list may have thought Mishawaka was too minor to actually note in the list, there may be only one tower anticipated complete in Mishawaka at that time, or its possible that Mishawaka misses the December 31st deadline for this list and falls in January.No matter what, Mishawaka is going to get deployment with the entire Ft. Wayne/South Bend market. And since the deployment is more a site by site deployment than a city by city deployment, the details of this list are not very meaningful.Robert, S4GRU.com

 

Look at the bright side, everyone. According to the 2010 Census, there are 19,516 incorporated places in the United States. So we can look forward to many more press releases like this one.

 

Of course, residents of the 19,416 metropolises that were not mentioned today feel slighted. But Christmas shopping season is coming before you know it.

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Now more than ever I feel like i need to see the maps for the planned September deployments. If I just saw a few sites in San Diego starting it could really calm my nerves.

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Sheesh. I just read the massively overhyped story about this in Engadget, which said the press release shows that Sprint "is nearly ready to blanket up to 100 markets with the high-speed data tech in the near future." Then I spent about 10 minutes browsing the comments there.

 

I am now a lot dumber than before.

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is there any schedule for puerto rico

 

We have Puerto Rico schedules in our Premier Sponsor section of our site.

 

Robert

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Hi,

Long time follower, first time poster.

Can anyone give me any information about far South Jersey? I see central, and North Jersey are listed, but Im not sure about where I am. Specifically Wildwood NJ. We never got Wimax, and sometimes we are added into Philadelphia markets, but no one from sprint can update me as to when I should expect service. Because of this, and that Philly and NYC do have Wimax (I have a wimax Evo 3D) I am pushing off fetting a new device, but Verizon now has 4G in my area, but frankly, Sprint has been very good to me over the years and I dont want to leave,

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Hi, Long time follower, first time poster.Can anyone give me any information about far South Jersey? I see central, and North Jersey are listed, but Im not sure about where I am. Specifically Wildwood NJ. We never got Wimax, and sometimes we are added into Philadelphia markets, but no one from sprint can update me as to when I should expect service. Because of this, and that Philly and NYC do have Wimax (I have a wimax Evo 3D) I am pushing off fetting a new device, but Verizon now has 4G in my area, but frankly, Sprint has been very good to me over the years and I dont want to leave,

 

The South Jersey market will not begin deployment until some time in 2013. We do not have any more details at this time.

 

Robert, S4GRU.com

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