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Last October Sprint officially announced their plans to upgrade to LTE, noting they hoped to cover 123 million “pops” (potential users) with LTE by the end of 2012, and 250 million by the end of 2013. Speaking at the Rural Cellular Association meeting this week in Orlando, Sprint’s network VP Bob Azzi stated they’ve got about 5-6,000 employees in the field working on the upgrades, and that they should have six markets up and running on LTE by the middle of the year. Not too surprisingly, Sprint this week also confirmed that they’re not launching any new WiMax devices. As an aside, a PC World writer posted screenshots of Sprint’s planned LTE network coverage on Twitter (green is their own network coverage, blue is roaming agreements).