History of LTE in the U.S

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U.S. LTE buildouts
2010 2011 2012 2013 Notes
Verizon Wireless -Launched LTE in 38 major metropolitan areas and in more than 60 commercial airports. (Source) -By the end of this year, Verizon’s 4G LTE network will be available in 190 U.S. markets, and will cover more than 200 million Americans. (Source) -Verizon’s LTE network will cover two-thirds of the country with LTE by mid-2012. (Source) -Verizon plans to cover its existing 3G footprint with LTE by the end of 2013. (Source) -Verizon currently operates the nation’s largest LTE network, offering average real-world speeds of 5-12 Mbps. The carrier recently purchased SpectrumCo’s AWS licensesfor $3.6 billionto boost its LTE capacity.
AT&T Mobility –AT&T has said it will have LTE service in 15 markets covering 70 million POPs by the end of this year. (Source) AT&T said it will launch LTE-Advanced in 2013. (Source)-The company has also said it expects to complete its LTE deployment by 2013, but has not given specific buildout targets.
-Much of AT&T’s LTE plans hinge on its planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, but that deal appears to be falling apart. Analysts generally agree AT&T could pursue anetwork-sharing agreementwith T-Mobile as an alternative to a purchase.
Sprint Nextel -Sprint plans to launch LTE in 5X5 of the G-Block of the 1900 MHz band, covering 123 million POPs by the end of 2012. (Source)-Sprint plans to deploy LTE service on its 800 MHz spectrum starting in 2012 and plans to launch its first LTE handsets in the second half of 2012. (Source) -Sprint will launch LTE-Advanced Release 10 in a 10×10 configuration on its 800 MHz spectrum in 2013. (Source)-Sprint said it will cover 250 million to 277 million POPs with LTE by the end of 2013. (Source)- Sprint said it expects to launch devices, including laptop cards and phones, that will utilize Clearwire’s TDD-LTE network in 2013. (Source) FollowingSprint’s agreement with Clearwire, the company’s LTE buildout plans becamemuch more clear. Further, if Sprint’steaming with LightSquaredpans out, Sprint could built LTE across at least 800 MHz, 1600 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2.5 GHz.
T-Mobile USA -T-Mobile covered around 200 million POPs, spanning 100 markets, with its HSPA+ 21 network. (Source) -T-Mobile said its HSPA+ 42 footprint will cover 163 markets and nearly 180 million POPs by the end of this year. (Source)-T-Mobile said its HSPA+21 footprint now covers 208 markets and 200 million POPs. (Source) T-Mobile’s current LTE plans hinge on AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. But if AT&T’s purchase falls through, as many now expect, T-Mobile does have optionsincluding a possible teaming with Dish Network.
Clearwire -Clearwire’s WiMAX network covers 130 million people in more than 70 cities across the U.S. (Source) -Sprint said it expects to launch devices including laptop cards and phones that will utilize Clearwire’s TDD-LTE network in 2013. (Source) -While Clearwire hasn’t detailed its TDD-LTE buildout plans, the company’srecent agreement with Sprintlikely will make the network a reality. Clearwire has said its initial TDD-LTE buildout will cover much of its current WiMAX footprint.
MetroPCS -MetroPCS (NASDAQ:PCS) launched its LTE service in Las Vegas in 2010, giving the flat-rate, prepaid carrier claim on the first commercial LTE launch in the United States. (Source) -MetroPCS’ LTE network covers 14 markets. (Source)
The company is also testing Voice over LTE technology. (Source)
-MetroPCS’ current LTE buildout appears largely finished, but MetroPCS has indicated it is interested in some kind oftransaction with Clearwire.
U.S. Cellular U.S. Cellular has said it expects to cover around 25 percent of its footprint with LTE by the end of 2011. (Source) U.S. Cellular has said it will cover another 25 percent of its footprint by the end of 2012. (Source)
Leap Wireless Leap plans to launch an LTE trial market in Tucson, Ariz., this year. (Source) Leap said it plans to cover a total of 25 million people with LTE by the end of 2012. (Source)
C Spire C Spire has said it plans to launch LTE by the end of this year. (Source)
Dish Although Dish hasn’t committed to a buildout timeline, the company’s application at the FCC promises a “substantial terrestrial network deployment” using LTE-Advanced network technology (source) in its 40 MHz of S-band satellite spectrum in the 2 GHz band.
LightSquared LightSquared plans to launch commercial service in an unspecified number of major markets in the second half of 2012 via 10×10 MHz channels  in the 1600 MHz band. The company has said its network will cover Sprint’s entire current 3G network footprint by 2014. (Source) LightSquared’s buildout plans are contingent on the company addressingGPS interference concerns.



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