Sprint Nextel announced that its LTE network rollout will soon extend to 28 additional cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint. The operator said work on its LTE networks has begin across the South in places such as Albany, Ga., Decatur, Ala., Hot Springs, Ark., Branson, Mo., and Paris, Texas. In addition, Bay City, Mich., Gettysburg, Pa., and Winona, Minn., will soon get LTE service as will Bremerton/Silverdale, Wash. During the pre-launch phase, Sprint customers with capable devices may begin to see LTE coverage in the new rollout areas and are being encouraged to use the service before its commercial launch in those markets. Sprint has announced nearly 200 markets where it is currently building out LTE, and it officially offers LTE service in 49 cities. For more information, see this Sprint release.