Sprint LTE network makes its bow in Kankakee, Illinois

10 Apr 2012

According to Fierce Wireless, Sprint Nextel, the United States’ third largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, has confirmed that its long-awaited Long Term Evolution (LTE) network is now up and running in Kankakee, a small town situated 60 miles south of Chicago. Although the network is also believed to be live in several other markets, the operator has declined to name them thus far. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, January 2012 saw Sprint CEO Dan Hesse confirm that the cellco’s planned LTE network was set to launch in Dallas, Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio during the first half of 2012.

Fierce Wireless, which describes Kankakee as an ‘odd choice’ as an LTE test-bed, notes that, according to 2010 data from the Census Bureau, the town’s population was just 27,537, and the median income was USD31,379, with 31% of residents classified as living below the poverty line.

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