Sprint sets 4G plans with LightSquared: WiMax with dash of LTE

Sprint sets 4G plans with LightSquared: WiMax with dash of LTE

Summary: Sprint will reportedly confirm a network deal with LightSquared that will give the company a little Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mojo.

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Sprint will reportedly confirm a network deal with LightSquared that will give the company a little Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mojo.

According to CNET News' Maggie Reardon, Sprint will confirm a pact with LightSquared when it releases earnings July 28. LightSquared, which is building out an LTE network, will use Sprint as the backbone to its service.

For Sprint, the LightSquared deal resolves a good bit of the mystery around its Network Vision. Simply put, Sprint's vision is that it will use multiple wireless technologies including both LTE and WiMax. Sprint teamed with Clearwire to offer WiMax in a move to get a jump on the 4G market initially.

The LightSquared deal makes sense since Sprint will have to answer the LTE ramp-up plans of Verizon and AT&T.

One big issue for the LTE-WiMax hybrid network will be the hand off between the two technologies. As noted before, the handoff from WiMax to 3G is jarring. And on LTE the hand-off is just as bad. What happens when you put WiMax, LTE and 3G in the network blender?

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  • Network Blender

    I agree that the mixing of technologies is going to cause problems. Right now, the phones have dual radios which increases costs and decreases battery life.

    The sooner everybody can ditch the legacy technologies (GSM, CDMA, EVDO, etc..), the better.
    otaddy
    • RE: Sprint sets 4G plans with LightSquared: WiMax with dash of LTE

      @otaddy

      Completely disagree, you need to keep the lighter networks to prevent the battery issues, GSM, CDMA, EVDO are all essential to voice communications, and 4G's varied offerings of services for data, turn it off if you want good battery life, and on if you need speed, just like sprint users are now doing.
      aiellenon
    • RE: Sprint sets 4G plans with LightSquared: WiMax with dash of LTE

      @otaddy Actually the biggest battery drain is when you are in low reception areas. I get much better life with my Nexus S 4G, even on the edge of the 4G service area, than I ever did with both my Droid Incredible and Droid X both of which were 3G devices.
      Snowsong
  • RE: Sprint sets 4G plans with LightSquared: WiMax with dash of LTE

    It's all fine and dandy to me. As my phone only supports WiMax anyway I doubt I'll see much of a difference, unless a bunch of people in my area scramble for LTE phones. Only thing I'm worried about is keeping my unlimited data.
    Snowsong