Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 1:01 PM MST
Sprint announced yesterday that in recent testing conducted in 17 markets, that their new CDMA-based Sprint Direct Connect met or exceeded all measurements. Sprint Direct Connect, or SDC, is the successor push-to-talk network that Sprint is implementing to replace its aging iDEN network it inherited from its merger with Nextel.
This come on the heels of recent developments of how the Nextel iDEN PTT sites are currently being reduced in some areas, in preparation of next years shut down. Sprint Network Senior VP Bob Azzi said of the results, "(this is) conclusive validation of Sprint's sustained push-to-talk leadership."
Sprint Direct Connect PTT will offer a much expanded footprint over the current Nextel iDEN legacy PTT network. Most of the expansion is due to the ability of the SDC devices being able to roam on other CDMA 3G networks. This roaming ability is expected to start opening up to current Sprint Direct Connect customers in the next few months.
The data experience for SDC customers is being touted as much improved over the 2G like speeds endured on Nextel's iDEN. Being CDMA based, the EVDO network will be seen as a much improved data solution for Sprint's PTT customers. Although, in some areas in the short term, Sprint's EVDO will perform at 2G like speeds. No surprise that Sprint didn't mention this point. However, the 3G EVDO data experience will demonstrably improve through Network Vision upgrades.