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  • Clearwire and Cricket Announce Long-Term Wholesale 4G LTE Agreement



    SOURCE: Hispanic Business


    Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and Clearwire Corp. today announced that they have entered into a five-year wholesale agreement. With the agreement, Cricket will become the second operator to have signed on to leverage Clearwire's forthcoming LTE Advanced-ready network, which will provide capacity off-load services to supplement Cricket's own LTE network. Cricket currently plans to deploy LTE across approximately two-thirds of its current network footprint over the next two to three years and to cover up to approximately 25 million POPs with LTE network technology in 2012.

    "The high-speed 4G LTE networks we are deploying will complement our robust 3G network and allow us to continue innovating value for our Cricket customers," said Doug Hutcheson, President and CEO of Leap Wireless International, Inc., Cricket's parent company. "We believe this agreement with Clearwire provides us with an attractive option to supplement our own LTE build-out strategy and gives us the flexibility to access additional 4G capacity where needed as data-centric devices continue to become more popular."

    "This long-term partnership with Cricket is a key step forward in the development of Clearwire's wholesale LTE business model," said Erik Prusch, President and CEO of Clearwire. "Not all LTE networks are created equally. We have always believed that our unmatched spectrum portfolio offers a compelling resource that can and will enable wireless operators to thrive in the 4G marketplace of the future. We are very pleased to provide Cricket with additional mobile broadband resources to supplement their own LTE build and we plan to continue to actively seek new opportunities to serve the needs of other 4G providers."

    Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


    This article was originally published in forum thread: Clearwire and Cricket Announce Long-Term Wholesale 4G LTE Agreement started by CU-News View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. akaine2001's Avatar
      akaine2001 -
      This is going to suck for flashing man omg i am depressed now
    1. Chris Rodriguez's Avatar
      Chris Rodriguez -
      I think a lot is up in the air. Once it comes out we'll be able to figure out what can and can't be done....
    1. gsdreams's Avatar
      gsdreams -
      LTE runs off a GSM Type of technology. All you should need to do is come up with a Cricket LTE SIM Card and install it into the flashed device.

      It really should create much of an issue.
    1. Chris Rodriguez's Avatar
      Chris Rodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by gsdreams View Post
      LTE runs off a GSM Type of technology. All you should need to do is come up with a Cricket LTE SIM Card and install it into the flashed device.

      It really should create much of an issue.
      The issue will be with frequencies amongst other things I'm sure...

      Will MetroPCS LTE phones work on other LTE networks, and vice versa? Not for now, but maybe in the future. MetroPCS is doing LTE on the 1700 MHz frequency, and nobody else is, so the MetroPCS phones only work on its frequency. Verizon phones won't work on Metro's frequency.
      “But Verizon may be designing its phones to only run on Verizon's very specific wireless frequency, locking out all other possible carriers. Verizon and AT&T both run their LTE networks in the 700-MHz band. But Verizon's network is mostly in 746-787MHz, while AT&T's will be primarily in 704-746MHz. Some Verizon and AT&T spectrum overlaps in an area called the "lower B block," but not much. Verizon could build its phones to exclude AT&T's frequencies, and vice versa.

      MetroPCS runs an LTE network in the 1700-MHz band, where AT&T has said it intends to also set up LTE in the future. Verizon owns some 1700Mhz spectrum, but hasn't announced any plans for it. Cricket's future LTE network will also be in the 1700-MHz band. LightSquared, another LTE entrant, has proposed a network in yet another band, at 1500MHz.




      We'll have to see what bands Cricket phones will run on. If you're going to use a SIM card, you're going to have to have a phone that is unlocked and will allow that. It's most likely not going to be that easy. I hope it works. I'd love to have a Sprint LTE phone on Cricket.
    1. asuddendeath's Avatar
      asuddendeath -
      What about the new cricket merc? Will it run on the lte? Few people at the cricket stores told me it would

      Sent from my M886 using Tapatalk
    1. Chris Rodriguez's Avatar
      Chris Rodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by asuddendeath View Post
      What about the new cricket merc? Will it run on the lte? Few people at the cricket stores told me it would

      Sent from my M886 using Tapatalk
      There is no LTE radio on the Mercury. I don't know why people say this. I am positive they didn't plan out that far ahead. Somebody prove me wrong.
    1. Android Titan's Avatar
      Android Titan -
      Lol then this means cricket most likely will be getting new phones cause none of there phones have a the radio in them do they?

      Sent from my DROID3 using Tapatalk
    1. knewsom32's Avatar
      knewsom32 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Android Titan View Post
      Lol then this means cricket most likely will be getting new phones cause none of there phones have a the radio in them do they?

      Sent from my DROID3 using Tapatalk
      No, they don't. New phones will be coming out once 4G gets up and running on actual phones and not just broadband.
    1. Android Titan's Avatar
      Android Titan -
      You wouldn't know when there going to start doing 4 g do you?

      Sent from my DROID3 using Tapatalk
    1. indica's Avatar
      indica -
      LTE phones are scheduled for the end of this year, beginning of next year . no guarantee.

      i found this little gem

      Attachment 1985

      more reading->
      'Clearwire and Sprint will work collaboratively to support the ecosystem for TDD-LTE in Band Class 41 for devices'
      souce-> Sprint and Clearwire Announce New Agreements (NASDAQ:CLWR)

      E-UTRA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      "2496 MHz to 2690 MHz"

      LTE Frequency Bands and Spectrum Allocations :: Radio-Electronics.Com
    1. derrickblogs's Avatar
      derrickblogs -
      Wow now this is really good news, well lets stop talking about it and lets get it rolling.
      I can not wait! I am using a damn Thunderbolt on Cricket and I just finally got the 3g working thanks to my new tech buddy Shaun John, you guys have no idea getting your phone flashed if the wrong person does it you can forget about thinking your going to have a good day, this might drive you insane.
    1. salas's Avatar
      salas -
      im still using Clears Wi-Max
    1. butterflylady1984's Avatar
      butterflylady1984 -
      i so agree with gsdreams about All you should need to do is come up with a Cricket LTE SIM Card and install it into the flashed device.that would be great thumbs up on that one.
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