After making the decision to drop WiMAX, Sprint is expanding its 4G LTE coverage to 28 more cities around the nation in hopes that it could catch up with fellow top cellular companies, AT&T and Verizon.
In the past months, Sprint had been lagging behind in the 4G LTE race due to its efforts to hold on to WiMAX. Unfortunately at the time, WiMAX was losing fuel in the United States despite it’s rise in the Middle East and Africa. It’s fall started with Verizon when the company held victory over Clearwire, an internet service provider of WiMAX. Than AT&T had discontinued their use of WiMAX earlier this month in order to focus more on LTE. With an increase of demands from customers, Sprint opted to collaborate with Clearwire. However, this proved to be problematic for investors of Clearwire whom demanded Sprint to raise their $2.2 billion bid.
At this point, it didn’t take long for Sprint to realize it’s use of WiMAX was causing serious loss and decided to take up 4G LTE in hopes that it could recover. And now it’s doing just that.
Under Sprint’s Network Vision plan, which is estimated to cost $4 billion to $5 billion, the cellular company is shutting down its iDEN-based Nextel network and moving to 4G LTE while simultaneously improving its 3G coverage. Sprint now has faster wireless available in 49 networks, and has announced that LTE will be making it’s way to about 200 more areas. Late last year, the company reported that LTE may not arrive in the major markets of New York and San Francisco until March.
The 28 cities include, Albany, Ga.;Anderson, S.C.; Bay City, Mich.; Branson, Mo.; Bremerton/Silverdale, Wash. and Columbus, Ga.