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  • Buy Sprint: We Agree With Jim Cramer [View article]
    Clearwire's spectrum is TD, but they set it up in 2 20mhz channels for the test.

    Verizon and AT&T achieved ~45 mbps on their empty network (light load) LTE trials in 2009 and 2010. Clearwire doubled that running the same kinds of trials.

    Clearwire could deploy that 20+20 mhz config, give users up to twice the throughput as the competition (in ideal conditions), and still have the majority of their spectrum left over.
    Aug 1 12:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Sprint: We Agree With Jim Cramer [View article]
    Verizon and AT&T each have double the subs compared to Sprint.

    Beginning next year, Sprint is also converting more 1900 mhz spectrum to LTE, adding LTE/LTE-advanced to the 800 mhz spectrum they're bringing online, and leveraging the 150+mhz of 2.5Ghz spectrum they've put into Clearwire with at least one 20x20 TD LTE config that was tested back in Jan 2011 (they hit 90.1 mbps... there's a video of it on youtube). 2.5 Ghz doesn't have the best range or building penetration but it's perfect to help keep data traffic nice and fast in densely populated areas while users are outside or in light structures. The lower freqs will be more than sufficient to handle the rest.

    Verizon and AT&T each need to slowly and carefully shift their customers off of their 3G spectrum before converting it to LTE. Their 700 mhz bands are going to have to handle a massive amount of traffic before more spectrum is added to their LTE networks... even with data caps. Their existing LTE networks are going to slow down to the advertised 5-12 mbps speeds right around the time Sprint's network goes turbo.
    Jul 31 06:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Sprint: We Agree With Jim Cramer [View article]
    Welcome to the friggin' party, guys. Took you all long enough to see Sprint's potential.

    One thing that needs more emphasis is Sprint's unlimited data... they're the only US wireless carrier still offering completely unlimited data as we enter the popularization of LTE devices, notably the upcoming iPhone which is heavily rumored to have LTE as a marquee feature.

    iPhone users like to use new marquee features to extremes. A spike in LTE use coupled with user naivete about data usage will likely lead to users on Sprint's competing carriers to experience throttling and/or billshock. User irritation/frustration... with Sprint's competition is likely to go public around the same time as Sprint's vastly improved network speeds start becoming common knowledge.

    As Sprint brings their 800 mhz spectrum into the fold (as well as any LTE-Advanced deployment plans) and starts leveraging Clearwire's planned 2013 LTE deployment, their entire network will see speeds increase rather dramatically over the 2013-2014 time period.

    If Sprint keeps unlimited data plans for phones going and sticks to their network rollout plans, they have a strong chance of seeing a rather impressive influx of users and a very positive public image moving forward.
    Jul 30 10:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment