In December, 2010 Sprint unveiled Network Vision — a blueprint to deploy a cost-effective, innovative network plan to further enhance voice quality and data speeds for customers across the United States.
As part of the Network Vision blueprint, in March, 2011 Sprint announced fourth-quarter launch plans for next-generation push-to-talk capabilities powered by Sprint’s broadband CDMA network. During the fourth quarter, Sprint will offer an initial set of handsets -- from Kyocera and Motorola -- packed with features designed for workgroups that rely on push-to-talk and establish a new push-to-talk brand – Sprint® Direct Connect®.
Later in the year, these new devices will benefit greatly from being able to use PTT on 1XRTT and while roaming. These additions are expected to increase the CDMA PTT coverage greatly and provide a PTT footprint that will allow customers to use push-to-talk in a majority of the same places that the iDEN network covers today.
Network Vision upgrades are planned to begin at the end of 2011 (rolling staggered area upgrades over the next few years), which we expect will also provide additional coverage improvements to the CDMA footprint
Ok, I’ve seen Ready Link, I’ve seen PowerSource, I’ve seen Q-Chat. What is new this time?
Increased PTT Coverage – With the combination of CDMA PTT working over 1XRTT and roaming, the PTT coverage improvements that slated for later this year, Sprint Direct Connect will offer nearly three times the footprint of our current Nextel Direct Connect service and cover more than 309 million people across 2.7 million square miles.
800Mhz 1XRTT rollout with Network Vision will result in better in-building coverage for Sprint Direct Connect
Sprint Direct Connect PTT + 3G CDMA data + Android device - Our first Android PTT device on 3G will come with faster 3G data speeds so that customers can use larger data applications, a bigger screen ideal for web surfing and multi-media, and access to the open Android application market .
“Our customers are asking for broadband push-to-talk now,” said Paget Alves, president-Sprint Business. “We’ve seen steadily increasing demand for faster data speeds, better and broader coverage, and more applications on push-to-talk devices. Sprint Direct Connect is designed to solve for all three and is expected to come with sub-second push-to-talk call setup time initially in Sprint CDMA Rev. A (3G) coverage areas. Sub-second call setup is expected to expand across the United States with the implementation of Network Vision.”