Sprint teams up with C Spire for multi-spectrum roaming tests; extends LTE to 21 new cities

19 Apr 2013

Sprint Nextel is reportedly working with Mississippi-based regional operator C Spire Wireless to enable Long Term Evolution (LTE) roaming across multiple spectrum bands. Speaking to Fierce Wireless at the Competitive Carriers Association conference in New Orleans, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that his company wants to become the preferred roaming partner for smaller operators across the US, and is working with the likes of C Spire and telecoms manufacturer Qualcomm to make that happen. Hesse clarified that Sprint is working on a solution that will allow LTE roaming across the 700MHz, 850MHz and 1900MHz frequency bands. To that end, Sprint and C Spire have already completed inter-carrier roaming tests.

In other news, Sprint has announced that it has extended its LTE network to 21 more markets, including Los Angeles, California; Memphis, Tennessee; and West Palm Beach, Florida.