Sprint CEO: Our 4G Strategy Is WiMAX, Full Stop!

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  1. Full Stop for Sprint. 20 Billion in debt and the inability to see not so much as one step into the future will be the cause of this hodge-podge company’s demise. Dead Stop.

  2. Bad move by Sprint.

    By putting all its eggs in the WiMAX basket, Sprint will be isolated in an LTE world.

    Basically the entire planet is moving to LTE, which will become as ubiquitous as GSM was. Because the vast majority of worldwide handset sales will be to LTE networks, the best and most desired handsets will be available on LTE networks first. This is one reason why Verizon is migrating from CDMA to LTE.

    Business users and travelers won’t want to use a WiMAX network because they won’t be able to travel to most international destinations with it.

    Going WiMAX is a bizarre move by Sprint, and CEO Dan Hesse will have to take the blame when the public shows its preference for LTE.

    1. The point of WiMAX is you get more coverage with less towers and greater speeds than LTE. That means better blanket coverage in major cities and better coverage in rural areas. Much akin to CDMA hence the best blanket coverage is with Sprint/Verizon as opposed AT&T/T-Mobile. So it’s not a bizarre move it’s a natural progression of the blanket coverage that you get with CDMA. Logical step for a cash strapped carrier to move to a platform that gives better coverage with less towers, hence less overhead. So if Sprint is placing all it’s eggs in one basket what is Verizon doing? Putting all it’s eggs in the LTE basket?

      1. Yes, the analogy to CDMA is fair enough.

        CDMA gave a much greater range than GSM. At distances longer than 20 miles (30km), phasing errors make the GSM signal unusable. Despite that, GSM trumped over CDMA.

        CDMA networks previously existed in many western countries outside the USA. Most have now been cancelled and dismantled (or are in the process of being phased out). CDMA remains in patches of Eastern Europe, and a few third-world countries, who chose it because it requires less towers.

        WiMAX will become isolated just like CDMA. WiMAX will be used by some third-world nations that do not currently have extensive copper phone networks.

        That’s not a good situation for US customers. Nobody wants to be on a little-used mobile system. Sprint should be planning an LTE network to match its competitors.

      2. Old analogy, but beta was technically better than VCR…which won?

        Newer version…Blu Ray vs HD DVD. Blu Ray won due to content availability…ie ecosystem support.

        Also, the spectrum position of Clearwire(2GHz) kills the whole tower spacing argument. They will need many more transmitters than LTE @ 700MHz for coverage. And speed? They are both OFDMA based technologies. Both will be comparable from a througput perspective and have more speed than most consumers will need in the near term.

        All things being equal, go with global support.

  3. Verizon is not going going to use LTE for voice, neither will AT&T. LTE is a data-only standard. In the future, when Voice Over IP becomes as mature as the legacy circuit based telephone, then maybe. But until then, Old-Fashioned circuit telephone is here with us. The carriers will not invest in new equipment until they are absolute certain VoIP is mature. VoIP still has issues that need to be resolved(QoS, 911, MisMatched standards,etc.). Why fix something that isn’t broken? Especially when that system has a century of history.

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