When Sprint bought 54% of Clearwire shares, what were they thinking?! Now as the battle of which is the better technology, WiMax or LTE comes to a draw; Sprint now realizes their mistakes and are paying for it.
On Friday September 27, Sprint held a press conference revealing their new plans to integrate LTE into their network. The ETA on this new service from Sprint is right around early to mid 2012, seems relatively fast considering Sprint is far behind as the third largest carrier. Sprint had specifically stated that they will continue to support their WiMax network in addition to their LTE network.
Where and how do you suppose Sprint is getting it’s LTE? Well, Sprint made a fifteen year agreement with LightSquared, an LTE provider. When you get down the bare essentials, all that’s going to be happening is Sprint and LightSquared will exchange their service to benefit themselves. And the spectrum Sprint will be using is the notoriously interfering 1600Mhz from LightSqaured and their 1900Mhz spectrum they’ll free up by shuting down their iDen network. Can anyone else say finally?
I suppose they could be switching to LTE because most future smartphones will only support the LTE network because of it’s crazy fast speeds. In my opinion, Sprint should just sell off whatever is left of WiMax and use that to convert the rest of the company to LTE, potentially saving more loss on their terribly slow WiMax network.