Wireless Industry News » Sprint Bringing LTE to Smaller Carriers, and Vice Versa
Sprint, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and the NetAmerica Alliance are teaming up to help smaller rural carriers accelerate their deployment of LTE and, in turn, provide nationwide LTE roaming agreements between those carriers and Sprint.
For its part, Sprint is offering up access to its network and some of its 800 MHz and 1900 MHz spectrum in certain markets. In addition, starting January 2015, Sprint will begin rolling out handsets that support Band 12 in the lower 700 MHz spectrum block in which many smaller carriers either hold licenses or currently deploy LTE. This will help open up an LTE device ecosystem for smaller carriers and give them more incentive to build LTE networks.
In return, CCA members and NetAmerica Alliance members allow Sprint LTE customers to roam their networks. This also means that any members of this small market alliance will be able to let their customers roam on Sprint’s LTE network. Read the full article