I have called Sprint the king of 4G for many reasons. They make tomorrow look good for us all. Now I am going to reveal how easy it will be for Sprint to enter the LTE space and how they can change technology mid stream. Beceem is now shipping their BCS500 chips which are Wimax and LTE, along with about six or more radios, including CDMA, EV-DO, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. These chips will hand off seamlessly between Wimax and LTE.
This is the easiest and most logical path for Sprint to take toward the LTE path. It is much easier to start seeding the device market with devices embedded with this BCS500 chip than any other solution they might have. Once they have the device side in check, deploying LTE is a snap.
This is also where 4G is supposed to be taking us. With this chip, consumers will start to get more choices. As these chips will be embedded in all the carrier devices, consumers will be able to buy a device, and go with what ever carrier they choose including Sprint, AT&T and Verizon–the companies that offer LTE. Of course Sprint needs this more than any other carrier, because they have more wireless technology than all the carriers combined. Sprint will have two 4G technologies, and they need this more than any other carrier to move forward and compete.
And this is why I think we will be hearing from Sprint very soon on their 4G plans. They sometimes don’t like to reveal to much, but the carriers know what is happening with devices. This should also change the direction of Clear, as they are the largest wholesaler for Sprint, and they need to have their devices embedded with this BCS500 chip as well to stay competitive. So a win win scenario is in the making, and Sprint again comes out the winner. I have often said Sprint is the driving force behind 4G, and they are certainly in the drivers seat.
Sprint really just needs to let technology catch up to their way of thinking. This could not be any better news for Sprint, or Clear. However this is not good news for the other carriers as this will put Sprint in the lead with 4GX2 space and 6X the spectrum. No matter what the press thinks, Sprint has this 4G thing on the right road. And the winners will be you: the consumer.
Remember that 4G is not just about speed, it’s about new ways of thinking and concepts that are still being developed to take us in new directions. Most of all, 4G is about giving us choices as to how we choose to use this technology, and to take the monopoly out of the game.