Sprint Adds 20 New LTE Markets
Sprint has gone live with 20 new 4G markets this Monday, claiming that it now has 402 LTE towns and cities on air.
Here are the new markets that Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) announced today:
- Bakersfield, Calif.
- Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn.
- El Centro, Calif.
- Hot Springs, Ark.
- Kenosha, Wis.
- Lancaster, Pa.
- Mason City, Iowa
- Myrtle Beach, S.C.
- Nogales, Ariz.
- Omaha, Neb.
- Ocean City, N.J.
- Peoria, Ill.
- Provo/Orem, Utah
- Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.
- Shawnee, Okla.
- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
- Trenton/Ewing, N.J.
- Visalia/Porterville, Calif.
- Willimantic, Conn.
- Zanesville, Ohio
Here's how the operators stand with their LTE deployments in the US today:
Table 1: Major 4G LTE Deployments in the US
|Operator||4G technology||Number of markets||Average download speeds|
|AT&T||LTE (Also markets HSPA+ as 4G)||500+ markets (nearly 280M people covered now)||18.6 Mbit/s|
|Leap Wireless (Now owned by AT&T)||LTE||11 markets||3-15 times faster than Leap's 3G|
|C-Spire||LTE||43 markets||Data speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G|
|MetroPCS (Now owned by T-Mobile)||LTE||30 markets||2-15 Mbit/s (depending on market)|
|Sprint||LTE||402 markets (expects to cover 250M people by mid-year)||10.3 Mbit/s|
|T-Mobile||LTE (Also markets HSPA+ as 4G)||230+ markets (200M+ people covered now, expects to cover 250M by years end)||25 Mbit/s (on unloaded network)|
|U.S. Cellular||LTE||92 markets||Up to 10 times faster than 3G|
|Verizon Wireless||LTE||500+ markets (300M+ people covered now)||14.3 Mbit/s|
|Sources: Carrier data, Light Reading, OpenSignal, RootMetrics|
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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading