Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, speaking at CTIA this morning, made clear which 4G standard he thinks will be dominant in the future. And it's not the one his company uses.
Hesse's comment, that LTE will likely be the larger of the two 4G standards, came a day after Sprint announced the world's first ever 3G/4G phone, the HTC Evo. The issue: getting to market sooner. While LTE might be the more popular 4G standard in the future (AT&T and Verizon are both backing it), WiMax was available now, with an established infrastructure from Sprint partner Clearwire. In Sprint's eyes, being first was more important than being biggest.
Is that going to hurt them in the long run? Unlikely. As Hesse also said, they can always add other technologies later if need be. And as Matt pointed out last year, the two technologies are actually remarkably similar and could someday be harmonised. But today - as the interest garnered in yesterday's Evo announcement proves - the benefits having a head start on the next generation's network can't be underestimated.