Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Monday, February 27, 2012 - 9:59 AM MST
Great rejoicing begins in the City of Angels! Now Sprint 4G Rollout Updates and S4GRU.com are prepared to announce the next and final First Round Network Vision/LTE market Sprint is planning to start deployment during 2012.
Sprint's Network Vision vendor Alcatel/Lucent will begin to deploy Network Vision and LTE in the Sprint LA Metro market. We are announcing the Sprint markets that will start NV/LTE in 2012, roughly in order. There is absolutely no guarantee of the order in which these markets come live, because there is a lot of variability in the plan.
Sprint has three different vendors, with several different crews in many markets at once. There could be final permitting and design delays, some vendors and/or crews will work at different speeds, weather issues and any number of unforeseen circumstances. First round market starts are much easier to predict, but second round and third round markets starts are predicated on the timing of the previous market wrap up preceding it. This is likely the reason why Sprint has elected not to announce these markets themselves at this time. But we know you don't want to wait for Sprint to tell you!
With these caveats understood, we are releasing the Network Vision markets in the order that they anticipate to start deployment. For Alcatel/Lucent, Baltimore and Boston will start first. DC, NYC and the LA Metro market may start before they wrap up. There could be some overlap if A/L has the manpower to execute them sooner, given that the design work and permitting associated with all 5 markets is largely complete.
Sprint's LA Metro market covers all of Los Angeles County, including Santa Catalina Island and Avalon. Orange County, North LA, Riverside/San Bernardino, San Diego and Lower Central Valley are in separate markets and will deploy at a later date. Alcatel/Lucent will be preparing for mobilization in the near future and work should commence on converting these 1,063 sites to Network Vision standards. The entire market will take more than 8 months to complete, but there will be many sites coming online monthly for first round LTE device holders to enjoy.
Sprint's LA Metro Market. All 1,000+ Network Vision sites are shown for the LA Metro market in this map. Click on image to enlarge.
Sprint 4G Rollout Updates will continue to scour through the data and gather deployment information for your use. It is our intent to provide at a minimum, all the Sprint markets that will likely begin Network Vision/LTE upgrades in 2012. And we intend to do so in a series of articles over the next few weeks. We will not likely announce communities slated for 2013, because the dates we hold for 2013 markets appear very tentative and subject to change. With the many variables to sort out between now and 2013. Sprint could make significant shifts in deployment plans based on dynamic need change, funding, market permitting difficulties, etc.
With the release of Los Angeles today, that brings the total of Network Vision markets announced to twelve. Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Baltimore and Kansas City as announced by Sprint. Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., New York City and Los Angeles Metro announced by Sprint 4G Rollout Updates.
Stay tuned to Sprint 4G Rollout Updates. On Wednesday we will be announcing the first Round Two market for Sprint Network Vision and LTE deployment. The dates of starts for Round Two markets will be very dependent on how Round One markets do to stay on schedule, and perhaps to some extent, Sprint cash flow projections.
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Information about the source: The information for all of our Network Vision information has been obtained by several internal sources close to the Network Vision program who choose to remain anonymous. No source information will be released to protect anonymity.
Special thanks to S4GRU Member digiblur for creating the LA Metro Market map! Kudos!