July 26, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Sprint recently launched 4G LTE in a handful of cities, but the Now Network already has its eyes on a few more cities. Sprint announced that “before Labor Day,” it will deliver LTE service to the following areas:
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Gainesville, Georgia
- Manhattan/Junction City, Kansas
- Sherman-Denison, Texas
LTE is an important part of Sprint’s “network vision” strategy said to improve network call quality and increase the areas where faster download speeds are available. The company is already selling LTE-capable phones in the HTC EVO 4G LTE, LG Viper, and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, despite not having much of an LTE network to warrant those names.
Despite launching LTE service later than AT&T and Verizon, Sprint remains confident it can rapidly deploy service in key markets. On its quarterly earnings call earlier this morning, the company was confident that it would meet its 2012 projections for market launches this year.
“We’ve got several hundred [cell tower sites] that uh, basically, we have birds nesting on them,” Steve Elfman, Sprint Networks Operations President, said during the earnings call. “Once the birds leave, we’ll be able to turn those sites on.”
Those of you scratching your heads wondering why birds might affect service, some birds are protected species and their nesting sites cannot be disturbed by human intervention. As a result, Sprint has to wait until nesting season completes to utilize the towers and launch in these areas.