Sprint LTE Roll Out to Start Early 2012

US wireless carrier Sprint is expected to roll out its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in early 2012.

Citing people familiar with the situation, CNET reveals that the company is already installing LTE network equipment in the country and is also conducting field tests in some areas.

Sprint, which is against the AT&T T-Mobile merger, plans to make the LTE service commercially available by the end of the first quarter in 2012 or in the beginning of the second quarter. Sources say that launch can also be postponed.

According to sources, the company is still to decide on which areas to include in its first round of LTE roll-out next year.

Earlier, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that the company will be unveiling its 4G LTE network at an event on October 7. Also, Sprint might also be getting the new iPhone when Apple launches it in October, bringing it at par with AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

The LTE roll out, which is going to cost between $4 billion to $5 billion over the next 5 years, is a part of Sprint’s Network Vision plan under which it plans to enhance and evolve its entire wireless network.