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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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No flawed data. If you had read the comments before you posted, you would have seen it explained (several times) that this list of cities are markets that Sprint will have a launchable amount of service before the end of the year. In our San Diego article, we said that Sprint would not launch the market until the Spring of 2013.There are no surprises in this Sprint announcement at all.Robert

 

Well, the article lists areas where "the 4G LTE Network build is under way." According to your schedule, the San Diego buildout should be starting this month, I was disappointed to not see it in that list. Of course, San Diego isn't alone - I would have expected to see San Francisco on the list and it isn't there either.

 

In a later post you mention "the launch deadline of December that they probably used to make this list" (I underlined "probably"). I don't agree with your interpretation unless it's based on information not in the press release. The release doesn't say anything about a launch date - just where the build is underway.

 

I apologize if this is sounding like I'm criticizing you, but I don't mean it that way. You are providing a real service, since usually Sprint won't tell us anything. But until some evidence surfaces that the buildout in San Diego really has begun I will remain convinced that this signifies a delay.

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Well, the article lists areas where "the 4G LTE Network build is under way." According to your schedule, the San Diego buildout should be starting this month, I was disappointed to not see it in that list. Of course, San Diego isn't alone - I would have expected to see San Francisco on the list and it isn't there either.In a later post you mention "the launch deadline of December that they probably used to make this list" (I underlined "probably"). I don't agree with your interpretation unless it's based on information not in the press release. The release doesn't say anything about a launch date - just where the build is underway.

 

I agree that the release does not say anything about launches, or defines what under way means. However, I have done so in the comments section. And that was what I was referring to in my initial response to you.

 

I didn't take your comments as criticisizing me. However, I do take the opportunity to try to inform everyone of what is actually going on, when I can.

 

But until some evidence surfaces that the buildout in San Diego really has begun I will remain convinced that this signifies a delay.

 

I can see why you would believe that. To not be convinced until there is concrete evidence of work being under way in San Diego is understandable. It will start soon.

 

Robert

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What about Greenville sc / upstate sc for vision update and LTE? Lancaster sc is a very small market I thought?

Thanks for all your information.

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RobertWhat about Greenville sc / upstate sc for vision update and LTE? Lancaster sc is a very small market I thought? Thanks for all your information.

 

Lancaster is a part of the Charlotte market and is being upgraded with all the communities in that market. The Upstate part of SC is in the South Carolina market and will be upgraded with all the communities in that market. The SC market will begin deployment some time in 2013. Final scheduling of 2013 markets will be completed this Fall.

 

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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

Would this include the Marlton/Medford area that does have wimax currently? Or are they planning on doing this with the Philly market?

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Hey Robert,

 

I've been lurking on the site for a while now, mostly for 4G updates and I had a brief question. I currently have an HTC Evo 4G and my Wife has an VERY old HTC Hero. We're in Jacksonville, FL and I've been holding us both off from getting new phones (Evo LTE's) until we finally have LTE coverage since I can just use my WiMax coverage for the time being. Given the current circumstances, would you say it's a good bet to go ahead and get our new phones in October or are we probably looking closer to Jan 2013 before we have LTE coverage in Jax, FL?

 

Sorry to ask as I know most everyone else is asking as well but thanks in advance :)

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Hey Robert,I've been lurking on the site for a while now, mostly for 4G updates and I had a brief question. I currently have an HTC Evo 4G and my Wife has an VERY old HTC Hero. We're in Jacksonville, FL and I've been holding us both off from getting new phones (Evo LTE's) until we finally have LTE coverage since I can just use my WiMax coverage for the time being. Given the current circumstances, would you say it's a good bet to go ahead and get our new phones in October or are we probably looking closer to Jan 2013 before we have LTE coverage in Jax, FL?Sorry to ask as I know most everyone else is asking as well but thanks in advance :)

 

This list includes cities that Sprint is trying to get a launchable amount of service before the end of the year. So Jacksonville should have fair LTE coverage by December 31st. If you are dependent on WiMax, you either should wait to upgrade, or get a WiMax hotspot to keep with you when 3G data gets really bad.

 

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I have been looking on the Sprint site to see if I can find the release in which they announce Orlando as one of the cities to get LTE soon. I have not found it. Does anyone have a link to that release? Thanks.

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Looks like sprint is working their way around Detroit metro area since I'm sure we don't exist

I heard a rumor that Detroit is going to be last, because its really complicated with the Canadian boarder so close. Not to mention millions of people on that same network.

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