Spectrum provider, Clearwire or “Clear” who’s been providing Sprint (who owns a big stake Clearwire) with their 4G WiMax spectrum has begun the process of upgrading its 2.5GHz network over to LTE, TD-LTE which it says will be ready to go live by early 2013. When the company finally does go “live” with their LTE network, they expect to have 31 “Hot Zones” available, including cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York just to name a few. By mid-year, Clearwire says the remaining markets will be live.
While early 2013 is only 9 months away, for Sprint, that’s a long time. The Now Network is currently prepping its 1900MHz spectrum for LTE use and they’ve also recently begun to decommission their 800MHz iDen network, which will also be used for LTE. While the conversions and testing have begun, unfortunately, Sprint still has no LTE network to show for it, despite launching two LTE handset last week, the LG Viper 4G and the pure Google, Galaxy Nexus, both of which are only running on the company’s 3G CDMA network, forcing customers to wait for 4G LTE.
2013 can’t come soon enough, as a current Sprint customer…I’m not sure I’ll be able to wait. Any other Sprint customers out there? Do you plan to wait it out or make the jump to Verizon or AT&T for their already establish and growing 4G LTE network?