Sprint is looking to make up a lot of lost ground with a recent announcement to build and activate their new 4G LTE network in over 100 new cities. So far, Sprint LTE has been difficult to find unless you happen to live in a city where it was initially launched. Outside of that, customers have had to deal with WiMAX or Sprint’s tired 3G network.
The LTE roll-out initially began in the South and Midwest with Kansas City, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta. Since then, the Sprint LTE coverage map has been slowly growing. Although it hasn’t stretched far beyond the initial launch points, Sprint claims that their network vision will eventually bring LTE to their entire 3G coverage area.
The list of cities included in the massive 100 city list range from backwater burgs to major metropolitan areas. Even Puerto Rico is getting in on the Sprint LTE action. Given the locations listed, it appears Sprint is focusing this major roll out in the Southern and Eastern portions of the United States. The furthest West they’re going will be Arkansas and the furthest North they’re going will be Massachusetts and Indiana. Customers outside of that umbrella won’t be seeing LTE just yet.
According to the press release, Sprint will focus mostly on the Washignton D.C., Boston, and Baltimore areas first. The rest is to be completed afterward. A little Easter Egg for customers is that they may be able to obtain LTE coverage before it’s officially completed. If you happen to live in those areas with a Sprint LTE-enabled device, keep an eye on your notification bars.
This is bittersweet for Sprint customers. It shows they are dedicated to their Network Vision, but it’s hard not to look at the listed cities without a little bit of envy. Especially for the residents of Ohio, who will surely notice that Sprint intends on delivering Sprint LTE to Columbus, Indiana and Cleveland, Tennessee.
It has been a slow and frustrating process for Sprint customers. Especially for those who already own LTE-enabled devices. However, Sprint is actually on track to complete their LTE build—as well as their 3G rebuild—within the time frame they specified. Albeit it’s 2013, but on schedule is far better than behind schedule.