Sprint Spark: What Is It?

Posted Oct 30, 2013

Today Sprint Corporation announced a new service called Sprint Spark.  Sprint Spark is essentially an enhanced LTE service that will enable smartphone users to hit “unprecedented speeds” of between 50Mbps and 60Mbps.  Sprint showcased around 1Gbps this morning.  The service will enhance video and other bandwidth heavy apps.

The rollout is starting today with limited availability in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Tampa. Sprint will be deploying Spark in 100 of the largest cities across America in the next 3 years.  They are expecting that this will cover over 100 million people in the U.S.  Sprint’s 4G LTE service will hit about 250 million people by mid-2014.

“Sprint Spark is a combination of advanced capabilities, like 1x, 2x and 3x carrier aggregation for speed, 8T8R for coverage, MIMO for capacity, TDD for spectral efficiency, together with the most advanced devices offering both tri-band capability and high-definition voice for the best possible customer experience,” stated Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint.

The smartphones on the market today are not compatible with Spark.  Smartphones that have tri-band hardware that are capable of utilizing all spectrum bands that are used by Sprint Spark will start to arrive next month.  LG, HTC, and Samsung are a few of the companies that are initially going to develop smartphones that are compatible with Spark.