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Network Vision/LTE Deployment is starting now in Providence, Upstate NY Central, Southern Jersey and Delaware Markets ahead of schedule

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by Robert Herron
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 2:50 PM MDT

Four more Sprint markets that were slated to begin Network Vision/LTE deployments in 2013 are beginning early. Good news for Sprint customers in the Providence, Upstate NY Central, Southern Jersey and Delaware markets.

S4GRU has been able to confirm that Network Vision is now under way in these four markets, all of them being deployed by Alcatel Lucent. This past week, AlcaLu has completed 3G upgrades in a small handful of sites in each of these markets, with 4G yet to come. First LTE signals should start appearing sporadically in these markets in the next 30-60 days.

We currently do not have detailed schedules for these markets, so we will not be able to offer projected launch dates or completion dates at this time. However, near some of the first to be converted sites, Sprint customers can look forward to seeing improved 3G speeds and maybe even some testing/prelaunch LTE signals a few months earlier than originally planned.

You can join us here at S4GRU and track these depoyments. We have a thread we titled the Network Vision Deployment Running List where you can see a summary of all the Sprint markets currently under deployment. Additionally, we offer even more info where we track the completed sites to date on Interactive Maps in our Sponsor section. Information about sponsorship can be found here: S4GRU Sponsorship

 

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Sprint's Providence Market. Alcatel Lucent is starting Network Vision/LTE deployments in the Providence market. Cities that will be a part of this deployment include Providence, Newport, Cranston and Warwick. With only 144 sites, the market may wrap up relatively quickly. Click on Map to Enlarge.

 

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Sprint's Upstate NY Central Market. Alcatel Lucent has begun Network Vision/LTE deployments in the Upstate New York Central market. The market includes Syracuse, Utica, Rome, Binghamton, Elmira, Ithaca and Watertown. 257 sites total. Click on Map to Enlarge.

 

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Sprint's Southern Jersey Market. Alcatel Lucent has begun Network Vision/LTE deployments in the Southern Jersey market. The market includes Trenton, Camden, Atlantic City, Princeton, Cherry Hill, Vineland, Millville and Cape May. 302 sites total. Click on Map to Enlarge.

 

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Sprint's Delaware Market. Alcatel Lucent has begun Network Vision/LTE deployments in the Delaware market. The market includes Wilmington, Dover and the entire state of Delaware, and the small NE corner of Maryland. 139 sites total. Click on Map to Enlarge.

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Upstate NY central market isn't even listed as a second round market let alone 3rd round market.

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Upstate NY central market isn't even listed as a second round market let alone 3rd round market.

 

It is a 3rd Round market that is starting ahead of schedule.

 

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I think they forgot to tell Alcatel Lucent that there upgrading Connecticut lol :'(

 

I think the problem with Connecticut is Connecticut. It is a very difficult place to do business.

 

Robert

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I think this is great, but I am worried about markets that have been announced already. For instance NYC seems to be moving much slower than it should if it is to be launched soon, as they claim. Every week it seems 10 towers are done. Are the announced markets on-schedule, or are they running slightly behind?

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I think this is great, but I am worried about markets that have been announced already. For instance NYC seems to be moving much slower than it should if it is to be launched soon, as they claim. Every week it seems 10 towers are done. Are the announced markets on-schedule, or are they running slightly behind?

 

They are running behind. But they haven't slowed. It's pretty much the same rate NYC has always run. Paltry.

 

Although additional markets have no bearing on the rate existing markets deploy. Other markets have completely different subcontractors that do not even work in the preceding markets. So, I say, the more markets the merrier.

 

There are varying reasons why the markets are deploying at the rate they are. Some are related to backhaul deployments ahead of conversions, some are related to OEM equipment deliveries, and maybe even more factors than even I know of. But the issue really isn't the field workers. They are chomping at the bit!

 

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holy issshhh!!! i was just saying they forgot about Rhode Island!! woot woot!! im souped :) good stuff

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How can they be ahead of schedule and start 3rd round Markets when it seems nothing has been done yet in central Florida? 1st LTE sites were supposed to be present in September but I have yet to find one...Im happy that these markets are getting LTE but why dont some 2nd round Markets get ahead of schedule?...

 

Is something going on in central Florida(other than the birds) thats causing what seems to be a delay for us?

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How can they be ahead of schedule and start 3rd round Markets when it seems nothing has been done yet in central Florida? 1st LTE sites were supposed to be present in September but I have yet to find one...Im happy that these markets are getting LTE but why dont some 2nd round Markets get ahead of schedule?...Is something going on in central Florida(other than the birds) thats causing what seems to be a delay for us?

 

Several reasons. Number one...different vendors and different subcontractors. Florida markets are being deployed by Ericsson. These 3rd Round markets are being deployed by Alcatel Lucent. Alcatel Lucent is using different subcontractors in these markets, so it does not impact any other market for them to get started now if they are ready.

 

Number two...Florida markets were delayed because of Osprey nesting. The Osprey is federal protected through October 1st. Sprint had to stop production to not run afoul (or should I say aFOWL? :lol:) with the EPA and USFWS. So they pulled off afraid that workers may disturb nests and violate the law to keep working and possibly get Sprint in a lot of trouble.

 

Sprint and their contractors have been back to work in Florida since October 1st, now that the season is over. They are working as fast as they can and trying to make up ground. Sprint is still working to launch at least the major parts of their Florida markets before the end of the year.

 

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I guess the vendors can spread themselves thinner now that Sprint "brings" lte to citiies instead of launching them.

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I guess the vendors can spread themselves thinner now that Sprint "brings" lte to citiies instead of launching them.

 

No, not at all. The vendors have many different subcontractors. The subs that would work on Providence are different than the ones who work on Baltimore...etc., etc., etc. Work starting in another market has no virtually no impact on other markets.

 

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Very cool to see them starting work early, as the quicker they get this done the more money it saves on roaming and backhaul costs. Probably saves them a few bucks on tower leases as well since there is less equipment. This kicks Ericsson in the pants as they are getting way behind day by day.

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Sorry about the fbomb people.. Just a bit upset about having a 4g lte phone with no lte service.... Just seems pointless...

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It's great that they are starting early but we need to keep in mind that starting is no indication of when these markets will finish. San Diego is another Alca-Lu area that should have started but we have yet to see any official confirmation that anything is happening. I sometimes wonder if some of these third round markets are lighting up some towers just to make the national footprint look larger.

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You said Connecitcut is hard to do business with and i have seen that before Southern Connecticut was getting work done, my question is will we be seeing LTE service in the next 30 to 60 days since we are right between Rhode Isalnd in NY or do we have to wait longer

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There is about 25 towers in southern Connecticut that have permits and are being worked on or will be worked on soon

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There is about 25 towers in southern Connecticut that have permits and are being worked on or will be worked on soon

 

in the actual geographic southern part of the state? Or in what Sprint is calling Southern CT which as shown on the map is Northwestern corner near NY down to actual NYC area?

 

either way - awesome news!

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Just noticed 4G signal in Nanuet, NY tonight! I am so excited. I was hoping to maybe start seeing it in NYC by end of the year and maybe never in Rockland county, but man, this is a great surprise. Checked it from my Evo 4G LTE and the iPhone 5. Speedtest showed download speeds of between 10Mbps and 2Mbps. Upload speed was pretty bad at around 0.2Mbps. The signal reliability wasn't too great but what would you expect since Sprint has never announced LTE service for this area.

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Sprint loves RI we got Wimax fast and now Network Vision and LTE, I can't wait until Sprint has awesome coverage and I can throw that into the faces of Verizon users.

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