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Sprint Marketing Updates 4G LTE City List where work is under way and adds 36 more communities including Louisiana market start

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by Robert Herron
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 10:20 AM MST

 

In the latest news from Sprint, they have added another 36 additional communities that they anticipate having at least a prelaunch amount of service available to use by its LTE customers in the "coming months." We were not able to confirm any dates for these cities with any of our sources this morning, but I would imagine there will be a usable amount of service in these areas by the end of March. Most of these markets will not be a surprise to S4GRU members, with the exception of the Louisiana market. As this is a new market that we have never announced.

In this announcement, Sprint did not identify that these communities will be in a prelaunch stage. However, this will be the case. We here at S4GRU appreciate that Sprint is opening up LTE sites to be used as soon as they are complete. Even though it creates a patchy and non cohesive LTE network over cities that they have prelaunch service, I for one, enjoy being able to use LTE when and where it is available.

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 size and deployment rate. See the city list below and their corresponding markets:

  • Abbeville, LA (Louisiana market)
  • Beaumont/Port Arthur, TX (Louisiana market)
  • Blytheville, AR (Arkansas market)
  • Brainerd, MN (Minnesota market)
  • Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, CT (Southern Connecticut market)
  • Brownsville/Harlingen, TX (South Texas market)
  • Crowley, LA (Louisiana market)
  • Dalton, GA (Nashville market)
  • Duluth, MN (Minnesota market)
  • Dunn, NC (Raleigh/Durham market)
  • Durham/Chapel Hill, NC (Raleigh/Durham market)
  • Eau Claire, WI (Minnesota market)
  • Greenwood, SC (South Carolina market)
  • La Crosse, WI (Minnesota market)
  • Jackson, TN (Memphis market)
  • Lafayette, LA (Louisiana market)
  • Lawton, OK (Oklahoma market)
  • Little Rock/North Little Rock/Conway, AR (Arkansas market)
  • Mankato/North Mankato, MN (Minnesota market)
  • Muskogee, OK (Oklahoma market)
  • New Haven/Milford, CT (Southern Connecticut market)
  • New Iberia, LA (Louisiana market)
  • North Wilkesboro, NC (Charlotte market)
  • Oklahoma City, OK (Oklahoma market)
  • Palm Coast, FL (Orlando market)
  • Pine Bluff, AR (Arkansas market)
  • Ponca City, OK (Oklahoma market)
  • Raleigh/Cary, NC (Raleigh/Durham market)
  • San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, CA (South Bay market)
  • Salinas, CA (South Bay market)
  • Santa Cruz/Watsonville, CA (South Bay market)
  • Searcy, AR (Arkansas market)
  • Springfield, MA (Boston market)
  • St. Cloud, MN (Minnesota market)
  • Stillwater, OK (Oklahoma market)

 

EDIT: There seems to be a lot of confusion out there, especially among Facebook readers, that cities have been removed from Sprint's LTE deployment list. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! The list above are "additional" cities being added to the list. Sprint has now announced approximately 150 cities total where work is under way. No cities have been removed. In fact, Sprint will start work in every market in 2013. Sprint is deploying LTE nationwide as a part of its Network Vision upgrades.

 

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Sprint Reports Significant Progress in Deployment of Network Upgrades in 2012: 49 Markets Covered To Date With 4G LTE; 3G Network Upgrades Proceed Nationwide

 

 

 

 

Customers enjoy blazing speeds of Sprint 4G LTE; in the coming months, nearly 150 more markets, including 36 announced today, will enjoy 4G LTE

Customers in more than 70 markets coast-to-coast are beginning to enjoy the improved coverage, call quality and data speeds of improved 3G

 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 19, 2012 - This year Sprint (NYSE: S) has made a significant investment in its wireless network to better meet the needs of its wireless customers. From the rollout of 4G LTE to the upgrade of thousands of 3G sites across the country to thousands of voice and data capacity additions, Sprint has focused resources and funds to improve its overall network quality and performance. Sprint has hit a deployment stride and is making measurable progress on its goal to bring Network Vision to customers nationwide.

 

Sprint has launched 4G LTE in 49 markets – including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Baltimore – and sites are on-air and implementation is under way in hundreds more. In fact, Sprint has announced nearly 150 markets that should see an official LTE launch in the coming months, including 36 markets that have been added today.* Sprint also has implemented 3G service improvements in more than 70 markets, from Asheville, N.C., to Philadelphia and from Hudson, N.Y., to Santa Barbara, Calif.

 

Through Network Vision, voice quality is enhanced and Sprint customers in upgraded areas are seeing better performance on their smartphones, mobile broadband connection cards and mobile hotspots when using the Sprint 4G LTE and 3G networks. Customers can expect to experience the following performance improvements:

  • Faster data speeds that enable instant Web access for news updates, HD viewing and game-playing, quicker video downloads and clear video chats.
  • Better signal strength when making a call or using the Web.
  • Fewer dropped calls for peace of mind when talking to friends, family or colleagues.
  • Improved voice quality and less static or background noise when making phone calls.

“With the network investments we made in 2012 and as the only national wireless carrier to offer truly unlimited 4G LTE data plans, we continue to offer better value than our competitors,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “But our commitment to an exceptional wireless experience doesn’t stop there. We are an aggressive path to complete the rollout of Network Vision, and we expect to accelerate this momentum in 2013.”

 

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers service in 49 marketsi. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE. For detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the address, please visitwww.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the maps will be updated when coverage in these markets is enhanced.

 

*Markets slated to receive LTE in the coming months are:

 

Abbeville, La. Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas Blytheville, Ark. Brainerd, Minn. Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn. Brownsville/Harlingen, Texas Crowley, La. Dalton, Ga. Duluth, Minn. Dunn, N.C. Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C. Eau Claire, Wisc. Greenwood, S.C. Jackson, Tenn. La Crosse, Wisc. Lafayette, La. Lawton, Okla. Little Rock/North Little Rock/Conway, Ark. Mankato/North Mankato, Minn. Muskogee, Okla. New Haven/Milford, Conn. New Iberia, La. North Wilkesboro, N.C. Oklahoma City Palm Coast, Fla. Pine Bluff, Ark. Ponca City, Okla. Raleigh/Cary, N.C. Rochester, Minn. Salinas, Calif. San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif. Santa Cruz/Watsonville, Calif. Springfield, Mass. Searcy, Ark. St. Cloud, Minn. Stillwater, Okla.

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I am in southern New Haven area, and travel throughout the whole city, Milford, West Haven. East Haven, North Haven, Brandford, etc. haven't seen anything regarding 4G service.. heck, one of the main corp Sprint store is in Orange Conn (southern New Haven county) and not even 4G there. you'd think if they were deploying LTE they would at least have coverage around Sprint stores first. maybe it helps boost sales when sale reps can show customers whats to come..

 

if work has just started i doubt there will be any reasonable coverage until much later.. i am patiently waiting :)

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I am in southern New Haven area, and travel throughout the whole city, Milford, West Haven. East Haven, North Haven, Brandford, etc. haven't seen anything regarding 4G service.. heck, one of the main corp Sprint store is in Orange Conn (southern New Haven county) and not even 4G there. you'd think if they were deploying LTE they would at least have coverage around Sprint stores first. maybe it helps boost sales when sale reps can show customers whats to come..if work has just started i doubt there will be any reasonable coverage until much later.. i am patiently waiting :)

 

Yes, work is just starting in this market. You probably will not see any evidence of work for a few weeks and the first LTE signals in a few months.

 

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Robert, there is some activity in the michigan area. Ive seen them out working on the towers, and have heard of other areas being worked on. Just no say in when they actually turn them on. Hopefully very soon, because the market here is falling and customers with this nextel switch are not taking it well at all.

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Robert, there is some activity in the michigan area. Ive seen them out working on the towers, and have heard of other areas being worked on. Just no say in when they actually turn them on. Hopefully very soon, because the market here is falling and customers with this nextel switch are not taking it well at all.

 

If you could take some photos of work in progress, we can confirm. We keep hearing reports of work occurring in Michigan, but we have yet to see bona fide evidence. You can post the pics in this thread: http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/2262-network-visionlte-east-michigan-market-detroitflintann-arbortri-cities/page__st__160

 

Thanks!

 

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Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk hurray? When can we expect a green light? How long does work take?

 

Work is under way. I wouldn't expect the first LTE testing signals for 60-90 days, though.

 

Robert

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What happened to Lake charles La.?. Does it really stop at Crowley La.?. Lake Charles is only about 60 more miles away.. "cmon man"..

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What happened to Lake charles La.?. Does it really stop at Crowley La.?. Lake Charles is only about 60 more miles away.. "cmon man"..

 

The entire Louisiana market is receiving deployments, including Lake Charles. However, Crowley has less sites and will likely launch first.

 

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Robert,

 

Question for you if a tower is updated and has LTE why does the LTE 4G not cover as much as 3g does?

 

Thank you as always

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Robert, Question for you if a tower is updated and has LTE why does the LTE 4G not cover as much as 3g does?Thank you as always

 

Maybe I have been waiting too long and getting cold feet.... but I am 'starting' to have less and less 'faith' in NV addressing the shortcomings of my local evdo coverage holes...

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Robert, Question for you if a tower is updated and has LTE why does the LTE 4G not cover as much as 3g does?Thank you as always

 

LTE has a more fragile airlink than 3G EVDO. Sprint 4G LTE on 1900MHz is more fragile at distances than it's 3G is on 1900MHz. Also, Verizon's LTE on 750MHz is more fragile at distances than it's 3G on 850MHz. In the most basic premise, the more data you cram into a slot of spectrum, the less it can handle it. Density of the network is key.

 

However, Sprint LTE is nowhere near fully deployed. In suburban and urban areas with full site density, there is more than sufficient overlapping coverage that there will not be many coverage issues. And where there will be, Sprint is rolling out small cells to fill in the gaps,

 

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LTE has a more fragile airlink than 3G EVDO. Sprint 4G LTE on 1900MHz is more fragile at distances than it's 3G is on 1900MHz. Also, Verizon's LTE on 750MHz is more fragile at distances than it's 3G on 850MHz. In the most basic premise, the more data you cram into a slot of spectrum, the less it can handle it. Density of the network is key.However, Sprint LTE is nowhere near fully deployed. In suburban and urban areas with full site density, there is more than sufficient overlapping coverage that there will not be many coverage issues. And where there will be, Sprint is rolling out small cells to fill in the gaps,Robert

 

I thought during Sprint's first media "event" where they rolled out this 3 stage NV plan the towers had a much larger coverage plume, and was a reason to have fewer sites. Not just for EVDO or LTE but both... Then ClearWire would have its overlay where needed... I understand the original plans have gone to ___ and that may be the reasons. But all that said I hope I'm not waiting for miracle LOL

 

great stuff as always Robert

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Glad to see La Crosse, WI on the list. Robert, Are there any specific details on this market?

 

Thanks for the great site and all the hard work.

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Do you think Boca Raton FL will ever get LTE? We were promised Wimax, but it never got here. Thanks for the great work.

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Glad to see La Crosse, WI on the list. Robert, Are there any specific details on this market?Thanks for the great site and all the hard work.

 

Not at this time. Work should be starting soon, though.

 

Robert

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Do you think Boca Raton FL will ever get LTE? We were promised Wimax, but it never got here. Thanks for the great work.

 

Your market is under deployment now. Boca will be getting upgraded as a part of work in your market.

 

Robert

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Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the U.S. state of Arizona, as well as the sixth most populous city in the United States of America, and is also the most populous state capital in the United States. Phoenix is home to 1,445,632 people according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data

 

Sprint subcontractors are starting to pull permits now to start work in the Phoenix market. Permits for over 60 sites have been filed. S4GRU Sponsors can see maps of the sites where permitting has occurred here: http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/2877-new-building-permits-for-phoenix-upgrades/ Work will be starting in Phoenix soon.

 

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Any update on the roll out for Raleigh/Durham - I just upgraded to have an LTE device... Would love to see some decent speeds for once.

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Robert, I notice a few discussion about smaller towns such as Northfield w/ roll out of LTE. I am wondering if Jordan MN is on that list as well? It's stuck between Mankato MN and Shakopee MN. I've been debating on purchasing the GS3.

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Robert, I notice a few discussion about smaller towns such as Northfield w/ roll out of LTE. I am wondering if Jordan MN is on that list as well? It's stuck between Mankato MN and Shakopee MN. I've been debating on purchasing the GS3.

 

There is already one LTE site live in Jordan, MN actually. You can check it out at Sensorly.com: http://sensorly.com/fullscreen/map/4G/US/USA/Sprint/lte_310sprint#q=jordan,minnesota

 

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Any update on the roll out for Raleigh/Durham - I just upgraded to have an LTE device... Would love to see some decent speeds for once.

 

There are a few sites live in the RDU market. However, the start of deployment there seems like it is off to a slow start. I hope to see more progress soon.

 

Robert

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