Sprint considering LTE for its 4G network

May 21, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sprint has revealed that the company is considering the option of moving to LTE technology even though it has already launched 4G networks using WiMax. An official at Sprint has been quoted by reports that the company is in the process of evaluating LTE technology and deciding on its core network.

The CDMA network currently operated by Sprint at 800 MHz and 1900 MHz spectrum bands is what the company is considering LTE technology for.
However, the company will not abandon WiMax technology for LTE as it does not believe the two to be mutually exclusive to each other. Though the company has not revealed a time-frame for when it might shift to LTE, in case it does so, the official has been quoted as saying that it would depend on the consumer’s reactions to the HTV Evo 4G smartphone releasing on Sprint’s network on June 4.
LTE technology had also merged as a preferred option after Sprint issued a request for proposal (RFP) for next generation technology. Companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola, Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corp and Ericsson could be some of the candidates for the RFP.
In case Sprint switches to LTE technology, it would include itself in the list of other companies such as Verizon, which have gone the LTE way.

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