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Sprint dishes on its 4G roll out and finally coming to New YorkSprint talks about why it's taken so long to get LTE up and running and why only Brooklyn and Bronx have been lit up.
-Hi. It's Roger Cheng from CNET and we're here at the Hotel Manhattan. We're about to head up to the roof to check out a Sprint cell tower and talk with Sprint executive Iyad Tarazi about his progress in 4G LTE, why it's taking so long to get LTE here. Let's check it out. -We're on top of the building in New York on 15th and 7th Street. This right here is a cabinet for Network Vision. Inside it you will see equipment that's both 3G and 4G, 2 sets of spectrum 800 and 1.9 and this basically is a cabinet that's pretty built for LTE Advanced. It is the cabinet that we use to launch our LTE service and we're doing literally tens of thousands of these around the country, a thousand plus in New York at the same time. This right here behind you is the cabinet that is equipped today for WiMAX 4G and it's being upgraded as we speak for LTE on the 2.5 spectrum. -I asked Iyad why Sprint is taking so long to deploy 4G LTE in comparison to competition. -There's a lot to do. We're upgrading 3G, we're upgrading 4G. We're integrating 2 flavors of 4G. We're creating the backhaul and at the same time we're investing significantly in capacity. When we started this program a couple of years ago, we calculated that there will still be a lot of 3G devices. Customers will still carry a lot of 3G and voice will still be on 3G. Things like 911 testing have to be done. We upgrade the backhaul. We upgrade the equipment, a lot of work. Now at the same time we truly understand that customers want the service and wants us to finish as soon as possible and would like to construction grown out of the highway as soon as possible. We recognize that and no one at Sprint understands this better than the network team and all the effort and energy we're putting in to get through this transition as soon as possible. -The network rolling out a big city like New York is complicated, but Iyad said the company is making progress. -4G is coming to New York this month. We're announcing today the Bronx and Brooklyn. We feel that enough deployment has happened in these boroughs where you get to see 4G and a lot more times and you're able to expect it and see it and depend on it. However if you go anywhere else in New York you'll see a lot of 4G active and you're able to use it. We're just now at a point where we feel enough of it is out there in these other boroughs that we can tell you depend on it and see it and expect it. -For CNET news, I'm Roger Cheng.