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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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Robert- Thank you for the fast response, I appreciate the the map. Looks like my neighborhood is just out side of the coverage area Jordan MN in

Timberline Park.. In your opinion/experience, do you think the map shows it conserative and coverage is a bit more than displayed?

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Robert- Thank you for the fast response, I appreciate the the map. Looks like my neighborhood is just out side of the coverage area Jordan MN in Timberline Park.. In your opinion/experience, do you think the map shows it conserative and coverage is a bit more than displayed?

 

Sensorly shows crowd sourced data from users of the Sensorly app. It is far from exhaustive. There is much more coverage than what Sensorly members (which are largely S4GRU members) have plotted around Jordan so far.

 

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Robert, is there any chance West Michigan (Grand Rapids) will get started with the LTE rollout? Local store managers are telling customers 1Q. I was wondering if this could be verified or not, since West Michigan wasn't on the updated list.

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I would like to mention, that I have confirmed an LTE connection in Byron Center, MI. Which is the greater Greater Grand Rapids, MI area. I'm hoping this means more towers will roll out.

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Robert, is there any chance West Michigan (Grand Rapids) will get started with the LTE rollout? Local store managers are telling customers 1Q. I was wondering if this could be verified or not, since West Michigan wasn't on the updated list.

 

It's under way. The first two sites are live. More and more will go live every week or two.

 

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Robert, when the first site of LTE will go live for South Texas (Harlingen/Brownsville/McAllen)? Or when it be available for us?

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so whats up with the info "drought" so to speak on the network? Its been over a month and there has been no new info!

 

There was a fresh list of cities announced earlier this month. The info was placed in a thread rather than an article on the wall. I expect to see new cities officially launch with LTE in the next week.

 

Here was the latest list from a couple weeks ago: http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/3034-sprint-marketing-updates-4g-lte-city-list-where-work-is-under-way-and-adds-28-more-communities-including-michigan-and-arizona/

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Robert, when the first site of LTE will go live for South Texas (Harlingen/Brownsville/McAllen)? Or when it be available for us?

 

We know that work is now underway in that area, but it is hard to say when the first sites will go live. We don't have access to that kind of information. Probably in the next two months or so.

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Has anyone gotten word on when Sprint might announce Orange County as an active deployment market?

 

Sprint is actively deploying NV equipment in Orange county. Approximately 8% of sites in the area have received 3G upgrades. In the next couple of weeks, 4G sites will likely begin to be added. It may be up to a month or so before we start to see LTE go live in the area. At this point, the official launch is many months away, which is likely why Sprint has yet to mention Orange county in any of it's press releases.

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I would like to mention, that I have confirmed an LTE connection in Byron Center, MI. Which is the greater Greater Grand Rapids, MI area. I'm hoping this means more towers will roll out.

 

Thanks, I work pretty close to there. I've also noticed a tower in Cascade that has updated 3G, but that is the only one I've run into so far. I am hoping we get fully cut over to LTE soon, the 3G coverage in some places around GR is pretty bad. Thanks to Robert for his response as well.

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Has anyone heard when Salt Lake City, Utah will get LTE 4g? My signal is usually pretty stable except for a few spots (slow but fairly stable) suddenly yesterday I was losing data connection on Friday during commute back via train. Last time I had a cell act like that I was on another cellular network and they were implementing 3g. I could be full of it.....

 

Just curious to know if anyone has heard anything yet I know its not on any of the running lists.

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Has anyone heard when Salt Lake City, Utah will get LTE 4g? My signal is usually pretty stable except for a few spots (slow but fairly stable) suddenly yesterday I was losing data connection on Friday during commute back via train. Last time I had a cell act like that I was on another cellular network and they were implementing 3g. I could be full of it.....Just curious to know if anyone has heard anything yet I know its not on any of the running lists.

 

Right now, I don't think we have any more information other than later this year. I don't know what stage of the planning process the Utah market is in.

 

You would likely have better luck with an answer in the Markets section of the forums.

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So did Tucson Az get moved back? Word was it was in the second round with PHX which was supposed to start around Feb/March

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any word when they will start work in the Muskogee, OK area? I just want to know when i should get a new phone or just stay with the ones i have already

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So did Tucson Az get moved back? Word was it was in the second round with PHX which was supposed to start around Feb/March

 

Permitting work is underway, so not sure what you're concerned about. It 's still slated to start in the next couple of months, meaning February or March.

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any word when they will start work in the Muskogee, OK area? I just want to know when i should get a new phone or just stay with the ones i have already

 

Work is underway in the Oklahoma market. We cannot say when work is going to start in any one location. You should check the forums for more up-to-date information on the Oklahoma market.

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Any word about LTE in the Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg areas in FL?

 

when will pittsburgh pa get nv?

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We are finally seeing some progress here in the South Texas market (Brownsville).  4G works in some areas of the city.  Any idea when LTE will be up and running all over?

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Milwaukee Rollout has started.  Some individual sites across eastern and western WI have been turned on, but I am told that the tower upgrade has begun.

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