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by Robert Herron

Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 8:19 AM MDT

 

On this Friday morning, Sprint's marketing cranked out a new Press Release adding 20 additional communities that Sprint anticipates having at least a prelaunch amount of service available to use by its LTE customers before the end of the year.

 

All of these appear to be in areas where Sprint is already working. But just expanding out to other communities within those markets. A couple are a repeat from the previous 100 city list from Sprint, like Warsaw, Marion and South Bend, Indiana and Sebring, Florida. However, I know there are a lot of Ft. Wayne customers who are now happy to see they will not get left behind their Hoosier State counterparts in South Bend.

 

It is no accident that Sprint outlines that the LTE signals that are discovered in these areas are "prelaunch." Sprint is trying to set expectations that these are advance LTE signals that will be usable to customers. It's great that Sprint will allow these sites to be usable pretty quickly after they are complete. But as we have seen around our forums and our social media pages, there is a pretty vocal part of their customer base who expects to have wall to wall coverage immediately upon receiving their first LTE signal. It is important that these people understand that they are getting to use their LTE sites really early, before the whole network is ready. And this is a good thing.

 

Most markets will take a long time from prelaunch phase until they have ubiquitous coverage over the whole area. A few months to a year, depending on the market.

 

EDIT 8:44 AM MDT: After further review, Joplin, MO is the first city in the Missouri market. So there is one new market where deployment is now expanding to. This should be taken as good news that work will also be starting in St. Louis, Springfield, Columbia and Jefferson City in the not-too-distant future.

 

 

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

 

Sprint Adding 4G LTE to More Than 20 Additional Cities in Coming Months

 

Millions of power data users in several major cities will soon enjoy a 4G LTE experience with the only truly unlimited 4G LTE plans from a national carrier

 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 12, 2012 - Continuing its aggressive push to deliver an enhanced top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that its 4G LTE network build is progressing in more than 20 additional cities within its nationwide 3G footprint.

 

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

  • San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA
  • Cape Coral-Ft Meyers, FL
  • Dyersburg-Union City-Martin, TN
  • Emporia, KS
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Greenwood, MS
  • Joplin, MO
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN
  • Lexington Park, MD
  • Marion, IN
  • Napa, CA
  • Naples-Marco Island, FL
  • Ottawa-Streator, IL
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
  • Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
  • Sebring, FL
  • South Bend-Mishawaka, IN
  • Terre Haute, IN
  • Vallejo-Fairfield, CA
  • Warsaw, IN

“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”

 

During the pre-launch phase, Sprint customers with capable 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, followed by continued enhancements in coverage, performance and reliability. Ultimately, Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage is expected to largely match the existing nationwide 3G footprint.

 

Last month, Sprint announced more than 100 cities where Sprint 4G LTE is on its way, including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C. The network build out has begun in these cities in addition to those announced In September. The LTE build out is part of Network Vision, an investment program that will also deliver an improved 3G experience to Sprint customers.

 

Today, Sprint offers the new 4G LTE service in 24 metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore; Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Lawrence, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; Newnan, Ga.; Rome, Ga.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Topeka, Kan.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.; and Wichita, Kan.

 

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, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C., and will continue to improve in the weeks and months ahead.

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 a leading 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.

 

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 wonder if Sprint has a big deal with the Orthopedic companies based in Warsaw, IN??? There are some big medical device companies in that small town??? Maybe why an otherwise small rural town gets LTE??? I

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I wonder if Sprint has a big deal with the Orthopedic companies based in Warsaw, IN??? There are some big medical device companies in that small town??? Maybe why an otherwise small rural town gets LTE??? I

 

Warsaw is getting done because it is part of the Ft. Wayne/South Bend market. Deployment is done over an entire market, not city specific. Sprint has broken their 97 markets into hundreds of communities in their press releases so it can compete with AT&T and Verizon in how they have planned their press releases to be city instead of market specific.

 

This is much like how Ocala, Gainesville and St. Augustine will be under development at the same time as Jacksonville, because they are all apart of the same market.

 

Robert

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Joplin is extreme SW of Missouri, I can't see how that is related to St Louis any more than Kansas City was.

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So I wonder why they didn't include Indy getting done right now. everywhere else in the state except the indy market

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Are these in addition to the 100 markets they realeased before? Or are these the current 20 out of the previous 100?

 

 

-Luis

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Are these in addition to the 100 markets they realeased before? Or are these the current 20 out of the previous 100?-Luis

These are additional markets on top of the 100 already announced
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Joplin is extreme SW of Missouri, I can't see how that is related to St Louis any more than Kansas City was.

 

Joplin is in the Missouri market. Just as Wichita is in the Kansas City market. Since Sprint is updating markets, not individual cities, if they start work in Joplin, it would be assumed they are also working elsewhere in the Missouri market, ie. Springfield, Rolla, St. Louis.

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Are these in addition to the 100 markets they realeased before? Or are these the current 20 out of the previous 100?-Luis

 

In addition to.

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Does this mean that going forward, Sprint will not be blocking access to LTE as posts have indicated in the past? Blocking made sense for two reasons. 1) To ensure their network coverage is not slammed by the press and users upon launch

2) To ensure all kinks are worked out in case towers need to be taken up and down.

 

With 1) out of the day, and more experience with 2), blocking might no longer be necessary. Anyone know if that's the case?

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Does this mean that going forward, Sprint will not be blocking access to LTE as posts have indicated in the past?

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Anyone know if that's the case?

 

During the pre-launch phase, Sprint customers with capable 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, followed by continued enhancements in coverage, performance and reliability.

 

no one can say what future 'going forward' releases will say, but it appears that they are no longer blocking LTE in these new areas, and it would not make any sense to change that policy, unless there are some particular problems that happen or need to be avoided until hard launch.

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They might also be blocked for a shorter period of time. Say maybe a week rather than all the way until launch.

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Joplin is extreme SW of Missouri, I can't see how that is related to St Louis any more than Kansas City was.

 

Joplin is part of Sprint's Kansas City MTA PCS A block license and uses Sprint's Kansas City SID 04139. But not all market definitions match up. And Joplin, like Springfield, was an affiliate market -- first Roberts Wireless, then Alamosa PCS.

 

AJ

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Ha, that's funny that Union City and Martin expansion was fairly recent. Not too long ago Sprint didn't even have service there. Now they get 4GLTE. Nice. Hey, there's hope for an expanded footprint near where I live after all.

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I am very please to see more California cities on the list. As usual, nothing new from Alcatel-Lucent. slow pokes! just kidding.

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I wonder if Sprint has a big deal with the Orthopedic companies based in Warsaw, IN??? There are some big medical device companies in that small town??? Maybe why an otherwise small rural town gets LTE??? I

 

Warsaw is getting done because it is part of the Ft. Wayne/South Bend market. Deployment is done over an entire market, not city specific. Sprint has broken their 97 markets into hundreds of communities in their press releases so it can compete with AT&T and Verizon in how they have planned their press releases to be city instead of market specific.This is much like how Ocala, Gainesville and St. Augustine will be under development at the same time as Jacksonville, because they are all apart of the same market.Robert

 

Actually I wouldn't be surprised if this was the towards the top of the list because of this. AT&T and Verizon have done the same in the past. I think overall Sprint knows this market was severely underdeveloped by their former affiliate and they appear to be attempting to make it right. One step at a time.

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I don't even see Austin mentioned. I hope they keep our LTE a secret for a while longer.

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Joplin is part of Sprint's Kansas City MTA PCS A block license and uses Sprint's Kansas City SID 04139. But not all market definitions match up. And Joplin, like Springfield, was an affiliate market -- first Roberts Wireless, then Alamosa PCS.AJ

 

Sounds like if you look at Joplin one way its in the KC group for NV, look another way its in the St Louis NV group. You guys fight it out and post which group the deployment thinks its in. I hoping for STL but I know my luck.

 

Two other things.

 

Its month since the list of 100 LTE markets, anyone think Sprint will start doing a list like this once a month?

 

The last thing is "market" is confusing. The Kansas market and the Missouri market are one type of market, big area with lots of cities verses the list of 20 markets that are basically 20 city/towns.

 

Just my 2 cents. Sorry couldn't stay away till January, I tried.

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Sounds like if you look at Joplin one way its in the KC group for NV, look another way its in the St Louis NV group. You guys fight it out and post which group the deployment thinks its in. I hoping for STL but I know my luck.Two other things.Its month since the list of 100 LTE markets, anyone think Sprint will start doing a list like this once a month?The last thing is "market" is confusing. The Kansas market and the Missouri market are one type of market, big area with lots of cities verses the list of 20 markets that are basically 20 city/towns.Just my 2 cents. Sorry couldn't stay away till January, I tried.

 

No fighting. Joplin is a part of the Missouri market deployment. AJ's points are valid and appreciated, as always. But what he said is not contradictory in any way. ;)

 

Robert

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