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Sprint Beefs Up Their 4G LTE Markets Before Launch

Sprint announced today two more markets to it’s planned mid-year 4G/LTE roll out. Kansas City and Baltimore Maryland have joined the ranks of Sprint’s 4G/LTE cities.

At CES Sprint announced they would start rolling out 4G/LTE towards the middle of the year. When they made that announcement they announced that the flagship phone for their 4G/LTE roll out would be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. They also announced the LG Viper 4G/LTE which bares a strong resemblance to the LG Nitro HD on AT&T’s 4G/LTE network.

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The first cities to rollout Sprint’s 4G/LTE are Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Now, Baltimore and Kansas City will join in the fun.  It’s worthy to note that Baltimore was the first Sprint city for Sprint’s own branded Wimax. Baltimore was part of an acquisition of Xohm which was bought by Sprint prior to the launch of “4G” WiMax.

Kansas City is Sprint’s headquarters market. The other cities; Dallas, Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio were part of AT&T’s initial 4G/LTE rollout.

“Sprint is investing in its CDMA network and delivering on our commitment to ensure customers experience superior wireless voice and data service at an unbeatable value,” said Bob Azzi, Sprint senior vice president-Network. “We continue to deploy multi-mode base stations across Sprint’s nationwide cell sites and are expecting improvements in voice quality, signal density and data speeds. Today’s good news demonstrates the phenomenal progress that our teams are making toward implementing this new technology.”

AT&T was very critical of Sprint earlier this year for utilizing roaming agreements instead of building out network. This may have been backlash from Sprint’s criticism of the new defunked AT&T/T-Mobile merger. At any rate with Sprint’s original 4G/LTE cities we can’t help but wonder if there are some 4G/LTE roaming agreements in place already.

Source: Sprint


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