Sprint Nextel Corp. has added five more Long Term Evolution (LTE) markets to its lineup as the
Apple Inc. iPhone 5, which can use the faster data transfer technology, is arriving on its network.
Sprint is now up 24 towns and cities that have street-level 4G coverage. It maintains that it will launch over 100 4G towns and cities in the coming months but still isn't putting any definite dates out yet. The operator has launched LTE in Wichita, Topeka and Lawrence, Kans.; Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.; and Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.
See Sprint's fresh 4G footprint below:
View Sprint 4G LTE Markets in a larger map
Why this matters
Thanks to Apple Inc. and Samsung Corp., users are now starting to buy 4G LTE devices in large numbers so having the coverage actually starts to become an issue. Sprint said that it had sold 1 million LTE devices earlier this month. iPhone 5 sales, which hit 5 million in the first weekend, have the potential to add a considerable number of new 4G connections to the fledgling network. (See Apple Sells 5M iPhones in First Weekend and iPhone 5 Could Cause Local Data Crunches in US.)
â€” Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile