Sprint has announced that it will shut down its WiMAX services in the U.S. by 2015. This will also include all the towers that it currently owns in the region. Sprint’s MVNOs relying on WiMAX networks won’t be able to access the networks once Sprint turns off its entire network. This will mean that over 6,000 towers will no longer be used by the carrier, which will directly impact a lot of users.
To make up for this, the carrier is looking to expand LTE services across the country with its tri-band Sprint Spark service which offers substantially faster speeds compared to conventional 4G LTE.
WiMAX never really caught on once 4G LTE networks made the entry into the U.S. cellular industry, so this move from Sprint surprises no one. Even in terms of LTE coverage, the carrier is far behind the likes of AT&T and Verizon Wireless, so the carrier has some catching up to do.
There’s still time for WiMAX to reach its last days though as Sprint plans to bring this plan to fruition by the end of 2015.
Via: Android Central