- Austin & Charlotte LTE Deployments in 2012. Sprint’s Austin market basically covers all of Central Texas. Including the cities of Austin, Round Rock, Waco, Killeen/Fort Hood, Temple, Bryan/College Station, Lampasas, Stephenville and San Marcos. Sprint’s Charlotte market is the whole western portion of North Carolina and the part of South Carolina adjacent to the Charlotte metro area.
- Portland, Oregon and SW Washington in 2012. This includes the Oregon cities of Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Salem, Medford, Bend, Newport, Klamath Falls, Pendleton and Ontario. In Washington State it includes Vancouver, Battle Ground, Kelso, Longview and the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge.
- Seattle & Grand Rapids in 2012. Sprint’s West Washington market basically covers everything west of the Cascade crest and north of Longview. Including the cities of Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Olympia, Bellingham, Bremerton, Port Angeles, Aberdeen and Chehalis. Some 680 sites in total after Network Vision is complete.
- Network Vision in Atlanta. Cluster deployment is under way and testing is occurring.
- Sprint markets with sufficient PCS 1900 MHz bandwidth for an additional LTE 5 MHz x 5 MHz carrier channel in existing PCS A-F block spectrum will be the first to go.
In other carrier news, Verizon says its current spectrum holdings “will not provide sufficient capacity to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband–4G, in particular–by 2013 in some areas and by 2015 in many more.” Verizon’s FCC filing last week (pdf), was related to its planned purchase of AWS spectrum from cable operators.
Verizon said last week its LTE network, which covers 200 million POPs, provides 60 percent more spectral efficiency than its EV-DO network, but even that will not be enough. Verizon says it will continue to add additional cell sites, deploy the LTE Advanced standard, modify existing cell sites with new antennas and other equipment as well as deploy its AWS spectrum holdings.
T-Mobile, Sprint and DirecTV have filed with the FCC (pdf) to halt Verizon’s AWS spectrum acquisition.