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Sprint Marketing Releases a 4G LTE City List where work is under way

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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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I'm sorry if I had misread this or just don't understand, but does the coming months account for this year and next year? Or just this year.

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When will Seattle, WA have the 4G LTE coverage?! The only metro in the NW should have LTE sooner!

 

Now, now, calm down, Veruca...

 

Any S4GRU member who complains like a diva about Network Vision and/or LTE availability needs to be met each time with this video clip.

 

"I want it NOW!"

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ju56c5qX5w

 

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I'm sorry if I had misread this or just don't understand, but does the coming months account for this year and next year? Or just this year.

 

These are cities that Sprint feels will have a "launchable" amount of LTE coverage before the end of the year. Sprint said in their press release they will be completing LTE deployment nationwide by the end of 2013.

 

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On the sprint press web site it says "Statesville-Mooresville, SC" but here it says, NC. Which is it? I'm guessing it's NC, but just want to be sure.

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I guess this further confirms ST Louis MO is not going to happen this year.

Would it be safe to assume if your not on the lucky 100 list you should not expect LTE for another 6 months?

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On the sprint press web site it says "Statesville-Mooresville, SC" but here it says, NC. Which is it? I'm guessing it's NC, but just want to be sure.

 

There were actually more than one Press Release from Sprint today. I used the one that came in my email this morning.

 

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I guess this further confirms ST Louis MO is not going to happen this year.Would it be safe to assume if your not on the lucky 100 list you should not expect LTE for another 6 months?

 

These are cities that will have fair LTE coverage throughout by the end of the year. The Missouri market will not begin deployment until this Winter.

 

Robert

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I am surprise why Milwaukee is not in the list. Does it mean that we will not see LTE in Milwaukee for next year.

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Any news on 4G LTE work in the Milwaukee, WI metro area?

 

I am surprise why Milwaukee is not in the list. Does it mean that we will not see LTE in Milwaukee for next year.

 

I am not surprised. We have always said that Milwaukee would not start until some time this Winter.

 

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No tucson still? why did i even get sprint..

 

We have reported that Tucson will not begin deployment until some time this Winter. This report only discusses communities where they will have a usable amount of service completed before the end of the year.

 

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Robert,

 

Thanks for the info. My questions is in Minnesota update you said that they will start in late august, so is that still true? I ask because could I still see LTE in the next 30 days in spot for the twin cites?

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Robert, Thanks for the info. My questions is in Minnesota update you said that they will start in late august, so is that still true? I ask because could I still see LTE in the next 30 days in spot for the twin cites?

 

We have received a couple of unverified reports that work is starting in the Minnesota market. It's possible that work is still progressing soon. However, the odds of you actually connecting to LTE in the next 30 days is very low. There are people in launched markets who do not even have LTE service yet.

 

In the best case scenario, sites will start completing in the next 30-45 days. And the market launches some time after the new year. It is possible that some of the early completed sites may have LTE that is connectible in advance. But in many markets, LTE connections were blocked until market launch.

 

There will not be much known about how/where in the Minnesota market until some sites start completing.

 

Robert

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Any news on the El Paso - Las Cruces market? Will it be third or fourth round? How about South Texas? (Laredo)

 

Thanks!

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It amazes me that citys with populations as low as 12,000 are getting it in 2nd round, when are they going to take care of the almost 2 million poeple in Phoenix AZ. ?? I guess sprint certainly is not rolling it out based on population size lol. This makes no sense to me.

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Since we know the market is going ahead, but Raleigh seems to be behind, it makes me think it's backhaul related. Who is the ILEC in Raleigh?Robert

I think Raleigh is mostly AT&T with a little bit of Centurylink.

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Since we know the market is going ahead, but Raleigh seems to be behind, it makes me think it's backhaul related. Who is the ILEC in Raleigh?Robert

Actually, the more I think about it you might be right. Just about the entire Raleigh Durham markets ILEC is Centurylink EXCEPT for Raleigh and Durham.

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