Reports have hinted that Sprint (NYSE:S) may be gradually increasing the coverage of its LTE network and it may be offered in more than six cities when it will be initially unveiled this coming June. This will allow the third biggest service provider to have its LTE network in time for the possible release of the iPhone 5 of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).
Apparently Sprint is not revealing too many details on its LTE network even as more reports about the iPhone 5 continue to emerge. Reports have also indicated that the LTE network of the service provider will be ready once the iPhone 5 of Apple enters the market.
A leaked document reportedly listed a number of areas that were not included in the official list of cities that Sprint revealed in an earlier press release. For the moment the LTE network of Sprint is reportedly already functional in one city in Illinois and that the company is reportedly testing a number of other areas for its LTE network.
This indicates that the service provider is working on making its LTE network up and ready once the iPhone 5 is offered in the market.
The rating of Sprint was earlier reduced by Craig Moffett from Bernstein Research since the possible LTE support for the iPhone 5 will put Sprint at a disadvantage. With the possible LTE support for the iPhone 5, consumers may opt to sign up with either AT&T or Verizon since both networks offer a bigger LTE network compared to Sprint.
However with the recent reports it may be possible that the LTE network of Sprint will be ready once the iPhone 5 is offered into the market. This will also prove the prediction of Moffett to be wrong since the service provider may have a bigger LTE network coverage than what was initially reported.
This will also allow the company to offer another option for consumers when they make their decision on the carrier that they will sign up for when they purchase the upcoming iPhone 5.