Sprint Gets Approval for Further 800 MHz LTE in San Antonio
Friday, May 25, 2018 | Comments

The FCC agreed to allow Sprint to deploy its 800 MHz wideband operations in certain portions of the San Antonio National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) region 53 before 800 MHz band reconfiguration has been completed in that region. Granting the request will permit Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployment in a total of 39 counties — including 30 counties where the FCC has granted similar waiver relief — in addition to nine counties where Sprint has yet to deploy LTE.

The FCC said the remaining public-safety entities will be protected from harmful interference.

In 2014, Sprint received approval to deploy 800 MHz LTE in 30 San Antonio counties. Since then, Sprint said it has deployed LTE broadband services at nearly 300 sites in those counties, and now the carrier wants to deploy 800 MHz LTE operations at 821 – 824/866 – 869 MHz no closer than 70 miles in the 30 counties where it is deploying LTE and an additional nine counties within the region prior to full completion of 800 MHz band reconfiguration in that region.

Sprint provided concurrences from several public-safety agencies in the area. The FCC said the approval will facilitate more rapid broadband availability in areas close to Corpus Christi and Laredo while protecting ongoing public-safety operations in the old NPSPAC band until they are fully retuned.

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