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*Exclusive* Sprint 4G LTE Baltimore Launch ***Updated***

Check out pics and Video from the Sprint 4G LTE Launch in Baltimore MD.

This event was held to launch the Sprint’s Network Vision 4G LTE service in Fells Point in downtown Baltimore. The service will be officially ready by September 4th. The areas that will have the service initially are Fells Point, The Inner Harbor, Pikesville, Federal Hill and other areas. Sprint will be using LTE on the 1900 frequency and it will have better building penetration then the previous WIMAX which they plan to support by 2015. Overall going to this new technology is greener and has a less footprint than WIMAX and it also has a higher throughput and room for expansion. During my initial tests using a Samsung Galaxy S III I was seeing an average of 15Mbps down and 7Mbps up, with a peak of 23Mbps down and 10Mbps up which is a major improvement from any data service Sprint has offered so far. Also this rollout will improve the 3G service which has been known to be very slow. Sprint told me that we can expect 6-8Mbps download on average with peaks up to 30Mbps, I’ll have to double check on the upload but I think its about half the download. One last thing that once in was inside a building I still saw 13Mbps down which is much better then I ever got using WIMAX. Sprint expects to be completed their LTE rollout by end of 2013.


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  • Jeff Ballard

    Sprint’s in building penetration for LTE should match it’s current EVDO 3G network.  Sprint is using similar PCS/1900Mhz spectrum for the initial LTE roll out.  WiMax existed in Clearwire’s BRS/2600Mhz spectrum that has virtually no in building penetration.

    When Nextel is shutdown next summer, Sprint will be deploying LTE in the SMR/800Mhz spectrum that has the best in building penetration of any spectrum Sprint owns.  You will need a device that supports LTE/800 (no current devices support that), but at that time coverage will be at its maximum.

    • Thanks for the response Jeff! That’s great info and it’s a great thing they’re making big improvements to their network because building penetration and data speeds had always been lackluster before LTE. I’m glad all of the carriers are going the LTE route it’s just better for the consumers!