Sprint 4G Rollout Updates
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 3:00 AM MST
Will Dionne Warwick be invited to Sprint's Launch Party in San Jose? Who knows? But Sprint 4G Rollout Updates can tell you that the first market in the Second Round of Network Vision/LTE Deployment in 2012 is Sprint's South Bay market. Which is in the heart of the Silicon Valley. We can definitely see why this is a priority to Sprint.
Sammy wants to bring some LTE Tech to California's Tech Capital
Sprint's Network Vision vendor Samsung will begin to deploy Network Vision and LTE in the Sprint South Bay market in 2012. This is not an imminent start in the next few weeks. This is a Second Round start. Which means that the start of this market is dependent on when the previous market before it wraps up. And it would make sense in this instance, that Samsung would move to the San Jose market directly after or partially overlapping with the their work in the adjacent SF Bay market.
Sprint's South Bay market covers Santa Clara County (including San Jose, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Milpitas, Morgan Hill and Gilroy), Santa Cruz County (Santa Cruz and Watsonville), Monterey County (Monterey/Seaside, Carmel, Pacific Grove and Salinas) and San Benito County (Hollister and San Juan Bautista). The adjacent North LA, Upper Central Valley and Lower Central Valley are in separate markets and will deploy at a later date. The San Francisco Bay Sprint market should be nearing completion when South Bay work begins on converting its 378 sites to Network Vision multi-modal stations with 4G LTE.
Sprint's South Bay Market. All 375+ Network Vision sites are shown for the South Bay market in this map. Click on image to enlarge.
We would love to give you the date, but...
There is absolutely no way for S4GRU to be able to provide a start date for this market, or any of the Second Round 2012 markets that will be announced after this one. We are announcing this market for your information, to give Sprint customers a rough idea of when these second round markets can be anticipated.
There is absolutely no guarantee of the order in which these markets come live, because there is a lot of variability in the plan. The most significant variable being how quickly the preceding market before it wraps up. If things go quickly in the preceding market, South Bay could start early. Things go late, South Bay would likely start late. In fact, the spread of possible start dates for this market is nearly 5 months wide. And to complicate start dates in each market, Sprint has said they may elect to slow down Network Vision in future quarters if cash flow becomes strained.
Sprint has three different OEM 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 to complicate matters even further. First round market starts are much easier to predict, but second round and third round markets starts are increasingly difficult to predict and put dates to. 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 second round markets in the order that they are anticipating to start deployment, based on the schedules as they exist to date. For Samsung, the SF Bay and Chicago markets will be nearing completion before work starts to begin in their Second Round markets. South Bay and eight other markets are in Samsung's Second Round starts. We will announce three more of these eight on Friday and Saturday.
We won't stop digging for you!
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 South Bay today, that brings the total of Network Vision markets announced to thirteen. We have created a thread in our forums where we are keeping track of all the markets announced by Sprint and S4GRU.com.Click on this link here to view the Network Vision Market Running List.
Stay tuned to Sprint 4G Rollout Updates. On Friday we will be announcing the next two Samsung Round Two markets for Sprint Network Vision and LTE deployment. And in a special Saturday edition article, we will be announcing one additional market. Just to brighten up your weekend!
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Information about the source: The information for all of our Network Vision information has been freely provided by several 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 South Bay Market map! You're the best!