According to a Sprint press release, the company turned LTE on in parts of 41 new markets today, including Jacksonville, Florida; Daytona Beach, Florida; Flint, Michigan; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Oakland, California; and Portland, Oregon.
Sprint’s Network Vision consolidates multiple networks for increased efficiency. Sprint is reclaiming Nextel’s 800 MHz frequencies which can provide enhanced 3G and 4G coverage over their primary 1.9 GHz PCS band. Integrated antennas and basestations, covering the 800 Mhz, 1.9 GHz, and 2.6 GHz bands, are expected to lower operational and energy costs while enhancing coverage.
Sprint’s 1900 MHz LTE network provides peak speeds of of 25 Mbp while Clearwire’s planned TD-LTE network is expected to support theoretical peak speeds of up to 168 Mbps by 2014.
The first devices to access Sprint’s 2.5 GHz LTE service will be the NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot and NETGEAR 341U USB stick along with the MiFi 500 LTE by Novatel Wireless. Those devices went on sale July 19.
Samsung today announced the world’s first commercial devices capable of TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE seamless handover technology. The Samsung LTE-A phone is powered by a Snapdragon 800, Qualcomm’s fastest chip, which also integrates an LTE modem.
Samsung is launching TDD/FDD Dual Mode LTE versions of the Samsung GALAXY S4 and Samsung GALAXY S4 mini for seamless voice and data switching between the two different types of LTE networks. Samsung says it is the first player in the global mobile industry to provide dual-mode (TDD-LTE/FDD-LTE) smartphones, although ZTE’s Grand Era LTE also launched in Hong Kong with dual-mode LTE.
Sprint plans to cover at least 200 million POPs with LTE. T-Mobile’s LTE network now covers 157 million POPs in 116 markets, and the company expects to cover 200 million POPs with LTE by year-end and is launching wider, 2×10 MHz channels for LTE.
Verizon now covers 301 million POPs with LTE, reports FierceWireless. By the end of the year, AT&T Mobility plans to cover 270 million POPs with LTE.