Well, like they say, If you can’t beat them, join them. Just as many companies that first adopted HD DVD and lost heir battle to Blu-Ray, Sprint’s bet on WiMAX ended up in their latest move to LTE. The good news is that their plans to deploy it are right on track. So far, they’ve officially announced that their first LTE tower cluster is now operational in Kankakee, Illinois, just 60 miles south of Chicago. They’ve also confirmed that their field-testing of their LTE infrastructure is complete, so we could say their approach to compete is aggressive.
Sadly we’re still not sure what Sprint plans to do with LTE when it begins offering devices in mid-2012. We haven’t seen them slow down on their WiMAX offering, so it could be that they’ll begin offering USB dongles and some tablets first, and phones later. Or it could also be that LTE will be exclusive to only high-end Smartphones.
So far, we’ve seen Sprint struggle with their ability to offer good 3G speeds to customers after the launch of the iPhone 4S, so cross your fingers with this move.