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Orange County & Raleigh/Durham are scheduled to be in the Second Round of Sprint Network Vision/LTE Deployment in 2012

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blog-0989983001331753036.jpgby Robert Herron

Sprint 4G Rollout Updates

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:30 PM MDT

 

We ain't no ways tired! We are now prepared to tell you about two more Round Two markets in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012...

 

Orange County and Raleigh/Durham!

 

The Sprint Orange County market includes all of Orange County, California and the Raleigh/Durham market is the whole eastern third of the state of North Carolina, except for the coastal areas.

 

Sprint's Network Vision vendor Alcatel/Lucent will likely begin Network Vision and LTE deployment in these two Sprint markets in 2012. This is not an imminent start in the next few weeks. These are Second Round starts. Which means that the start of these markets is dependent on when the previous market before it wraps up. There is no way to determine at this point which markets will precede them. Even Sprint does not know definitively at this point.

 

Sprint's Orange County market

 

Sprint's Orange County market includes the whole county. Including the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Orange, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Westminster and Buena Park. It is bordered by the LA Metro market to the north, the Riverside/San Bernardino market to the east and the San Diego market to the south. The Orange County market will have 401 sites in total after Network Vision is complete.

 

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Sprint's Orange County Market. All 400+ Network Vision sites are shown for the Orange County market in this map. Click on image to enlarge.

 

Sprint's Raleigh/Durham market

 

Sprint's Raleigh/Durham market is the RDU suburbs, extending out to include alll of Eastern Central North Carolina. It includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Cary, Greenville, Lumberton, Southern Pines/Pinehurst, Kinston, Goldsboro and Wilson/Rocky Mount. It is bordered by the Richmond and Norfolk markets to the north, the Winston-Salem and Charlotte markets to the west and Myrtle Beach market to the south. A total of 501 Network Vision sites.

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Sprint's Raleigh/Durham Market. All of the approximately 500+ Network Vision sites are shown for the Raleigh/Durham 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 these markets, or any of the Second Round 2012 markets that will be announced after these. We are announcing these markets to you 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, work may start early. Things go late, these would likely start late. 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.

 

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 Orange County and Raleigh/Durham markets today, that brings the total of Network Vision markets announced to 28. We have have 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 releasing the next two Round Two markets for Sprint Network Vision and LTE deployment. We will be talking about it in a few hours in advance in a S4GRU Live Chat at 9:30 PM Mountain Time on Thursday evening. Come join us!

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800px-Downtown-Raleigh-from-Western-Boulevard-Overpass-20081012.jpegPhotos of Newport Beach and Raleigh skylines 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 Orange County and Raleigh/Durham market maps! Thank you!

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Yes yes yes!!!! I was just coming on to post how they need to get Raleigh up and running before I run to the competition for the speed. Ever since they have added the iPhone here in Raleigh the network has been slow to nill!! Most times I can't even stream music. They need to get this not only in spots, but thoroughly covering the area like Verizon and AT&T do.

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I just shat my skinny pant when I saw this article. 0_o Will picking up new 4G LTE phone to replace my aging Samsung Epic 4G for my birthday in June^__^

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Is there an update on the ETA when the Second Round will be? Since a lot stuff has changed in the last few months.......

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I'm not sure if this is an issue with NV, but the EVO LTE that I have and others that I know are having issues on specific towers in Fuquay Varina which is in the Raleigh market. It works just down highway 401 toward Raleigh fine. No explanation from Sprint.

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I'm not sure if this is an issue with NV, but the EVO LTE that I have and others that I know are having issues on specific towers in Fuquay Varina which is in the Raleigh market. It works just down highway 401 toward Raleigh fine. No explanation from Sprint.

 

I do not know of any NV work being started yet in the RDU market. I am sorry that I do not have more information at this time. :(

 

Robert

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The problem seems to be with many EVO LTE's in the area. I found a forum on Sprint.com that has many users with issues receiving calls in the Fuquay Varina area around Raleigh, NC. The calls are not ringing the EVO LTE's but will go through to other phones. Calling out works fine, just no calls received. Sprint has opened tickets then closed them saying there is no issue but many still have the issue, even when swapping out phones.

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Oh also, the tech I spoke to said that they show plans in August and September to be doing LTE and other upgrades. Got my fingers crossed.

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Oh also, the tech I spoke to said that they show plans in August and September to be doing LTE and other upgrades. Got my fingers crossed.

 

We have an article coming soon with specific schedule info about this market. Stay tuned.

 

Robert

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I'll believe this BS when I see it my 3G is crap in Yorba Linda(OC), Wimax is non-existent, I cant even open a webpage especially at my school. However, If sprint came through for me and put seamless LTE over YL, I would hop right over to best buy and pick me up an EVO 4G LTE like a giddy school girl.

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I'll believe this BS when I see it my 3G is crap in Yorba Linda(OC), Wimax is non-existent, I cant even open a webpage especially at my school. However, If sprint came through for me and put seamless LTE over YL, I would hop right over to best buy and pick me up an EVO 4G LTE like a giddy school girl.

 

Why would you come to an independent website and call our reporting BS? We are not Sprint and have no motive to BS you. We are just reporting information.

 

We will have an updated more detailed article on Orange County soon. The coverage will be seamless once its fully deployed. Sprint is installing LTE on every 3G site and on the same band as 3G. LTE coverage will be identical to 3G at market completion.

 

Robert

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Why would you come to an independent website and call our reporting BS? We are not Sprint and have no motive to BS you. We are just reporting information.We will have an updated more detailed article on Orange County soon. The coverage will be seamless once its fully deployed. Sprint is installing LTE on every 3G site and on the same band as 3G. LTE coverage will be identical to 3G at market completion.Robert

I apologize but you misunderstood. I was not saying that your reporting was BS you reported what Sprint said which is exactly what you are supposed to, however I've found Sprint mobile internet spotty and slow in areas that it exists at all and i found it hard to believe sprint will actually put out good 4G LTE. Do you think LTE will make areas that previously had unusable internet get a decent connection speed? Thank you for your site's coverage of Sprint's 4G LTE network.

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I apologize but you misunderstood. I was not saying that your reporting was BS you reported what Sprint said which is exactly what you are supposed to, however I've found Sprint mobile internet spotty and slow in areas that it exists at all and i found it hard to believe sprint will actually put out good 4G LTE. Do you think LTE will make areas that previously had unusable internet get a decent connection speed? Thank you for your site's coverage of Sprint's 4G LTE network.

 

Sprint's 4G LTE coverage will be similar to its 3G at first. So if you find Sprint 3G coverage spotty in the places you go, so will the LTE. However, in the second half of 2013, Sprint will start deploying LTE on 800MHz too. The coverage from 800 will be much more solid from 800 than 1900.

 

Robert

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