Sprint customers will be glad to hear that 4G LTE network technology will be available to them over the next couple of years as the accompany plans an aggressive deployment of Sprint 4G networks consolidated under its ‘Network Vision’ plans.
While looking to keep up with AT&T’s commencement of 4G LTE services and Verizon’s already established networks, Sprint has partnered with LightSquared to enhance its network and keep competitive in the wireless market.
“Our progress deploying Network Vision enables Sprint to extend and evolve our 4G leadership and to improve the experience for 3G customers. Our next-generation network and cutting-edge device lineup, combined with the industry’s best pricing plans, give Sprint customers the best experience in wireless,” according to Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.
Sprint’s goal is to consolidate its multiple network technologies into one with increased efficiency and enhanced coverage. Sprint 4G LTE is preceded by Clearwire WiMAX 4G, based on devices such as the HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Epic 4G Touch, and Nexus 4G — all of which Sprint is committed to covering through 2012.
Sprint has cleared hurdles to establish its new services, combining its old networks under one LTE-optimized umbrella. According to Engadget, the conversion from CDMA to LTE is under way as Sprint 4G cell sites are currently making the switch with the assistance of Samsung, Alcatel Lucent and Ericsson.
”The companies have partnered with Sprint to install multimode 3G and 4G base stations to handle the network’s future traffic, essential for deploying the multitude of frequencies required by hosted devices.”
This is especially of note as Sprint is looking to take steps towards using Wi-Fi offloading to relieve network congestion and allow for a more efficient mobile experience. However, investors did not respond positively to the Sprint 4G LTE announcement, as the company looks to fund its costly endeavor while effectively cutting off its once lucrative partnership with Clearwire. Regardless, the network carrier seems determined to regain market share from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile by branding Sprint 4G and packaging it as a solid wireless experience.