Sprint deploys gigabit LTE in 225 cities2018-11-01 16:32 by Daniela
Tags: Sprint, LTE
Sprint today announced that its LTE Advanced network was now across the US, delivering up to 2X faster speeds than before. And in over 225 cities the company was now delivering gigabit-class LTE performance. They include cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.
"We have 21,000 small cells on air, including great progress we are making with Altice and Cox for strand mounts, so they will continue to fortify the in-footprint coverage," Sprint CTO John Saw said during the carrier's Q2 earnings call on Wednesday.
"As [for] outer footprint coverage, we are looking at adding new towers to expand our coverage into neighborhoods that have outgrown our legacy coverage. In the meantime, we are also benefiting from the roaming agreement we signed with T-Mobile that actually, they have a slightly bigger outer footprint coverage, and so we're able to leveraged that as well, as we are looking at building more new towers to expand our own footprint organically."
In February, Sprint announced that it was hoping to build out the first nationwide 5G network by early next year, and rolling out LTE Advanced is a huge part of making that happen. On top of rolling out LTE Advanced, Sprint is also bringing 5G capabilities to nine cities by the end of the year — including the likes of Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Customers won't be able to access these 5G capabilities until next year, but it's still quite a step forward.
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