Originally Posted by penchanted
I agree with others - Sprint will move to LTE. In another thread, someone mentioned that they were already doing trials for a WiMax-to-LTE conversion.
Yes. Sprint/Clearwire is not stupid. They could start laying out their 4g network infrastructure on WiMax far ahead of LTE and then transition over once LTE became standardized. It's actually a pretty smart move on their parts, especially Sprint; it probably saved them. Generating that buzz and putting out a 4G phone that on some levels could go toe to toe with the iPhone and not get KO'd in the 1st round was a big deal for them. Their cheap plans kept people hanging around, but what started stabilizing their image was 4G and the HTC Evo 4G.
And for anyone wanting proof of these LTE tests, here's some explanations on the testing including a video demonstrating some of the outstanding download and upload speed results.http://www.clear.com/blog/size-matters/
Again, WiMax was nothing more than a head start on a 4g infrastructure. It will either completely transition to LTE or coexist with LTE. I've read that WiMax may stay around as apparently it's better tech for supporting people with single-location cellular hot spots, as in a cellular hot spot in a home instead of a cable line into a modem. Not sure if that's still entirely true or if it'll really stick, but the bottom line is Clear and Sprint know full well that they'll be an LTE company sooner rather than later. WiMax will hang around at least for a couple years to support early-adopters, but LTE will be launched likely by next year if I had to guess.
And to be clear, the transition absolutely will not be at all equivalent to building an entirely new network. LTE will run on the current infrastructure. Some slight modifications will take place, but from what I've read, it's in many ways more of a software change than hardware. They knew this was coming and they planned ahead. Again, I say smart move on their part.