Aug 30 AT 10:36 AM Anthony Domanico 14 Comments

Sprint holding “Strategy Update” on October 7th, LTE on the way?


Sprint is holding an invitation-only “strategy update” on October 7th in New York City, Engadget reports. Though we don’t know for sure what they will be announcing, we believe it’s safe to assume that the announcement will not be iPhone 5 related. Instead, it will probably focus on the future of Sprint’s next-generation mobile network.

As you may recall, Sprint told Engadget that they were going to outline significant 4G plans in the fall of 2011. Since that announcement, we’ve learned of a lengthy agreement between Sprint and LightSquared focused on the buildout of an LTE network. We’ve not learned much more about the arrangement since it was signed in June, but we can be sure that Sprint and Lightsquared likely have been actively working on the network over the past few months.

Also up on the rumor chart is a more closely knit partnership or takeover of Clearwire, which would also facilitate in building an LTE network. Bloomberg noted a few weeks ago that Sprint was already in talks to potentially purchase Clearwire. This would expand their existing partnership in the development of an LTE-Advanced network and create the capability to deliver theoretical speeds of 100Mbps.

Though the picture of what Sprint will actually announce (and who they will partner with) is murky at best, it appears the number 3 network in the US will soon have an LTE network to replace the WiMAX that performed poorly against other carrier’s LTE and HSPA+ networks in PCMag’s network performance test.

Of course, we won’t know for sure until the eve of the event in October. We like a healthy bit of speculation here at Android and Me, and encourage you do to the same.  What do you guys think Sprint will announce in October? Be creative and leave us your thoughts below!

Source: Engadget

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  • Carlos Estremera

    CORRECTION: “PC world’s network performance test” – should be PC Mag…

    • Anthony Domanico

      Haha. Thanks. I get those two mixed up all the damn time. I’m like a website dyslexic.

  • Chris

    Why did they even bother with WiMAX in the first place?

  • carlos

    They went with wimax more than likely because it was a cheap deadly available technology. But to be fair the wimax standard has been around for some time.

    • Anthony Domanico

      And it’s not like WiMax is awful technology. When you can connect, the speeds are killer. I get about 10mbps down, 1.5 mbps up in Minneapolis.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I suspect Mr. Hesse will announce the new wimax/lightsquare/clearwater network. Network and technology wise sprint is much more further ahead than people think. October 7th will be a fun day…

    • squiddy20

      It’s “Clearwire”, dumbass. For a “Sprint fanboy” you sure don’t know all that much about Sprint and it’s affiliates. How sad. And if Sprint is soooo far ahead “network and technology wise”, then why is Clear’s Wimax network getting thrown in the trash in favor of Lightsquared’s LTE?

      • Ron

        wimax was cheaper to build out and an available standard. Most equipment is upgradeable to lte with firmware update, even handsets.. That’s why they are further along than most expect.

    • snowbdr89

      Wtf is clearwater dick u moron?

  • dmeetris

    Sprint is much more ahead then people thank they are this also would be a big step for sprint…..go sprint

  • kazahani

    For all of our sakes I hope Sprint doesn’t screw this up. Without them we will all be at the mercy of The Duopoly…

  • Interpol91

    Since I’m on Sprint I hope it is something big concerning LTE. They’ve got to make a move quick because it’s lame how Arizona and San Diego don’t have any 4G service from Sprint yet.

  • Dirty_Azkals

    Nextel iDen is dead (chirp)
    Buy a damn Sprint phone already (chirp)
    No more Nextel phones will be made, enjoy yours until it breaks (chirp)

    Spint – The CDMA/WiMAX/LTE and soon to be dead iDen Now Network

    • Dirty_Azkals

      lol, *Sprint