According to undisclosed sources who are apparently familiar with Sprint's LTE and Network Vision plans, it looks like Phoenix, Tucson/Yuma, Milwaukee, and Cleveland might be getting LTE and other Network Vision enhancements – including backhaul upgrades – much earlier than we thought.
All of these cities have been notably absent from both official press releases and various internal leaks. But if we are to believe this most recent leak, these areas might see LTE light up as early as this winter, instead of the spring or summer of 2013.
As we already know, Sprint has very ambitious plans to bring LTE to most of its existing footprint as early as the end of 2013, so it would make sense that major markets like these might be pushed up and completed sooner than expected. This would subsequently allow Sprint to fill in other LTE coverage gaps in more rural areas, while people in major metropolitan areas would be able to enjoy LTE and other general Network Vision enhancements.
Of course, Sprint could change its plans at any time, and leaks do prove to be false sometimes. But it's still nice to see that there's a glimmer of hope for markets like Phoenix. Sprint hasn't completely forgotten about you![S4GRU (2)]