Continuing part 1 and part 2 of our series of gathering up all of the unofficial information on Sprint’s 4G LTE roll out, let’s get going with even more roll out info. And thanks again to S4GRU for doing all of the initial legwork!
- New York City, NY: More than 30 Network Vision sites have been completed so far, although none are broadcasting LTE yet. It is believed that Sprint will try for an October launch for LTE in this market, which covers all of the New York boroughs and extends up into Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley, through Newburgh and Poughkeepsie.
- Memphis, TN: This market covers western Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and northeast Arkansas, including Jackson, Dyersburg, Tupelo, Mississippi’s Golden Triangle (Columbus, Starkville, West Point), Greenwood and Jonesboro. Sprint is expected to begin Network Vision work in this market in September, with a potential LTE launch date in November.
- Southwest Florida: This market includes Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, and Collier counties, including the cities of Sarasota, Bradenton, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, and Naples. Network Vision work is expected to begin in early August, and sites should start coming online at the end of September. A formal LTE launch is expected in mid December.
- Central Jersey: LTE field testing in this area actually began in November 2011 in the Marlboro and Freehold areas. Supposedly 20 sites in this area are already broadcasting enhanced 3G and 4G LTE, and work is expected to begin soon in the rest of this market. A formal launch is expected in mid December.
- Nashville, TN: This market covers eastern Tennessee, and the tri-cities area of Western Virginia, includeing Chattanooga, Knoxville, Clarksville and Johnson City/Kingsport/Bristol. Network Vision is scheduled to begin in late July, with many sites coming online in August. A November launch is currently being predicted, although delay could be expected in this market.
- Orlando, FL: This area includes the east central part of the Florida peninsula, including Melbourne, Palm Bay, Port St. Lucie, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Palm Coast, Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Space Coast, Deltona and Vero Beach. Network Vision work should start this month in July, and sites will start coming online in September. The formal launch is expected in January.
- Tampa, FL: This market covers Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties, including the cities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Largo, Dunedin, Brandon, Plant City, Riverview, Palm Harbor, New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, Zephyrhills, Spring Hill and Brooksville. Network Vision is scheduled to start in this area in August, with sites coming online in September. December looks to be a likely time for a formal launch.
- Indianapolis, IN: This market covers all of central Indiana, including Bloomington, Lafayette, Anderson, Muncie, Kokomo and Columbus. Network Vision work is scheduled to start in August, with sites lighting up in September. A formal launch is expected in December.
- Philadelphia, PA: This area includes southeastern Pennsylvania, including Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Reading, and Pottstown. It does not include the Jersey suburbs. Network Vision work is underway now, with sites coming online later in July. A formal launch is predicted in the December/January timeframe.
- Raleigh/Durham, NC: This area covers eastern North Carolina, except for the coastal areas; this includes the cities of Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Greenville, Kinston, and Goldsboro. Network Vision work is currently underway, and sites should start coming live next month in August. A formal launch is expected in the December/January timeframe.
Keep in mind: this information is unofficial and based on inside information obtained by S4GRU. Things could change, and this also doesn’t represent everything that Sprint is doing right now. Additionally, Sprint generally blocks access to LTE until a market is formally launched, or a few days beforehand. Therefore, if Network Vision is active in your area right now, you might not be able to connect to LTE just yet; you should, however, be able to take advantage of enhanced 3G right away.[S4GRU]