Sprint has announced that they have launching 4G LTE to another batch of markets. The 4G LTE network is being added to 70 more cities, including Green Bay, Wisconsin; Orlando, Florida; San Diego, California; and St. Louis, Missouri. By adding 70 more cities, Sprint will now have 300 cities across the U.S. having access to LTE markets. Sprint also redeployed the 800MHz spectrum for LTE and 3G in an attempt to improve the coverage of voice and data.
Another service that Sprint is touting is called Sprint Spark. Sprint Spark uses three spectrum frequencies to expand 4G wireless speeds to around 50 to 60 megabits per second with a goal of hitting 1 gigabit per second as a standard. Sprint Spark is currently available in NYC, L.A., Chicago, Tampa, and Miami.
Sprint wants to cover 250 million Americans with 4G LTE by the middle of 2014. By the end of 2014, Sprint is expecting 100 million people in the U.S. to have Sprint Spark or 2.5GHz coverage.
“In 2013, we made major improvements across our 3G and 4G LTE network,” stated Bob Azzi, Sprint’s chief network officer. “In the growing number of markets where the upgrades are nearly complete, our customers are noticing. Re-engineering our entire network has been a big undertaking, but now it’s delivering tangible benefits to our customers. With the announcement of Sprint Spark, the increasing availability of 4G LTE and the improvements we have made to our voice network, we’re full speed ahead for 2014.”