& cplSiteName &

Sprint Adds 20 New LTE Markets

Dan Jones
3/17/2014
50%
50%

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 yearís 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

Related posts:

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(6)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/18/2014 | 1:15:26 PM
Re: Interesting that Sprint is claiming 402 markets...
From the user experience we're seeing even in this thread it would seem that maybe things haven't improved much yet.

Any more experiences?
KBode
50%
50%
KBode,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/18/2014 | 11:49:28 AM
Re: Interesting that Sprint is claiming 402 markets...
Their coverage maps and definition of what a launched market actually is have long been a little iffy, right? Have they gotten any better? I remember that study from Advanced Frequency Engineering in 2012 that had a lot to say about Sprint coverage:

"The results of site surveys and 4G LTE availability tests show that while Verizon and AT&T had ubiquitous LTE availability in the test markets, Sprint LTE service was not present or not accessible in 75-90 percent of Sprint's advertised LTE coverage area in the cities tested at time of testing."

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/advanced-frequency-engineering-releases-results-of-initial-study-of-availability-and-performance-of-sprint-4g-lte-network-and-comparison-with-att-and-verizon-in-selected-markets-172370831.html

 

I know Sprint's justification is they're engaged in "street-level coverage," but I'm guessing that doesn't much help annoyed customers who think their market is "launched."
LawD
50%
50%
LawD,
User Rank: Lightning
3/17/2014 | 4:40:47 PM
Re: Interesting that Sprint is claiming 402 markets...
Exactly. As one example, several of the Louisiana "markets" that were included in a previous round of additions barely exceed 10,000 people (each).
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/17/2014 | 4:14:16 PM
Re: Interesting that Sprint is claiming 402 markets...
Sprint's strategy is to get the LTE out as soon as they have street-level signal up.

Bob Azzi said this in summer 2012:

"We weren't planning to wait until we had all our cell sites covered," explained Azzi. Instead the cities went live "when we determined that we had a sufficient footprint that enough people could find it in enough places."

See: http://www.lightreading.com/mobile/4g-lte/sprints-4g-lte-scramble/d/d-id/697233

It's often debatable what "covered" really means in LTE terms:

http://www.lightreading.com/when-is-a-4g-lte-market-really-covered-anyway/a/d-id/703418
jabailo
50%
50%
jabailo,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/17/2014 | 4:04:21 PM
Re: Interesting that Sprint is claiming 402 markets...
I am a Virgin Mobile customer...which leases Sprint's network.   And I just recently updated my phone to an LG F3 with LTE/4G capability.

I live in the 98030 zipcode, which is a very dense suburban area with many apartments, and yet I have no 4G service.   However, when I go for my bike ride on a sparse trail, or to the gym, both further out into the edge of the suburbs, getting close ot a rural area, then the 4G icon comes on!

So maybe they are still testing it in low population areas.  They might want to make sure that people don't overwhelm it.   As I mentioned in a previous post, Virgin announced that although they say unlimited data, after 2.5GB are downloaded they shut down your speed to below 3G (sorry about all the G's, but we experts know the difference, right).

I wonder if they worry that people with unlimited 4G service will just ditch their regular internet service and use their phone as a hotspot, overwhelming the phone network with Netflix, etc.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
3/17/2014 | 1:54:48 PM
Interesting that Sprint is claiming 402 markets...
Interesting that Sprint is claiming 402 markets but doesn't yet cover 250M people, gives you an idea of market size I guess....
From The Founder
Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
TalkTalk Exec: Find Your North Star at Work

12|7|16   |   3:38   |   (0) comments


Women need to find their purpose, a professional North Star, and create a personal board for themselves, according to Alex Tempest, director of partners at TalkTalk Business.
LRTV Interviews
Verizon: Beware Unknown Unknowns

12|7|16   |   04:58   |   (0) comments


Chris Novak, director of the Verizon Enterprise Solutions Risk Team, explains that enterprises who don't conduct a thorough audit of their assets often leave some things unprotected because they don't know they exist. Many times these unprotected assets are part of corporate M&A activity but left unshielded they can become a hacker's playground, he tells Light ...
LRTV Interviews
ETSI's CTO Talks NFV, 5G & NGP

12|5|16   |   09:45   |   (0) comments


Adrian Scrase, CTO at standards body ETSI, talks about the various initiatives and specifications developments related to NFV, 5G and NGP (next-generation protocols) that will underpin next-gen networks.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Korn Ferry Consultant: How to Find, Cultivate & Be the Best Talent

11|30|16   |   4:10   |   (2) comments


Erin Callaghan, a managing consultant for Korn Ferry Futurestep, shares strategies for companies to improve how they recruit and for women to ensure they don't get lost in the pipeline.
LRTV Custom TV
We Can Make the World More Sustainable

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


GeSI is a global e-Sustainability Initiative organization bringing together 40 big multinational companies around the world. According to GeSI's report, information and communication technology can make the world more sustainable. Luis Neves, chairman of GeSI, shared with us his opinion at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
Finding a New Way to Engage Customers & Drive Revenue

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


Mobile revenues are declining. Digicel, a player in the Caribbean telecommunications/entertainment space, has found a new way to engage customers and drive revenue. John Quinn, CTO of Digicel, shared with us its story at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016)
LRTV Custom TV
Do You Really Need Gigabit Infrastructure?

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


Altibox is the biggest fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) player and the largest provider of video and TV in Norway. They started out with zero customers in 2002. Now they have close to half a million households and companies attached to their FTTH business. Nils Arne, CEO of Altibox shared with us their story and insight on 5G at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
BTís Openreach Strategy & Its Updates in 2016

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


A lot of developments at Openreach this year in terms of strategy and planned investments. Peter Bell, CIO of Openreach BT, shared with us the updates of Openreach at Ultra-broadband Forum (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
ITU: The Broadband Is Our Future

11|29|16   |     |   (0) comments


At Ultra-broadband Forum, Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of ITU, discussed how important it is for countries, companies and everybody to be working together to help to build the broadband and digital economies (UBBF2016).
LRTV Custom TV
Tackling 5G in Dallas

11|28|16   |     |   (0) comments


Here are our highlights of the 5G North America show in Dallas, Texas with Light Reading's Dan Jones.
LRTV Interviews
Cox Prepping for Virtualization Trials

11|14|16   |     |   (0) comments


In this video interview, Cox's Jeff Finkelstein discusses MSO's plans to test managed business services in early 2017 and tackle Distributed Access Architectures.
LRTV Custom TV
Drivers & Potential of NGP

11|11|16   |     |   (0) comments


ETSI has created an Industry Specification Group to work on Next Generation Protocols (NGP ISG), looking at evolving communications and networking protocols to provide the scale, security, mobility and ease of deployment required for the connected society of the 21st century. The NGP ISG will identify the requirements for next generation protocols and network ...
Upcoming Live Events
December 6-8, 2016, The Westin Excelsior, Rome
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Hot Topics
Cable Nodes Becoming a Choke Point
Brian Santo, Senior editor, Test & Measurement / Components, Light Reading, 12/5/2016
WiCipedia: After-School Coding, Salary Probing & Pro-Parenthood Companies
Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 12/2/2016
Consolidated Snaps Up Fairpoint for $1.5B
Iain Morris, News Editor, 12/5/2016
Altice FTTH Bill Could Hit Almost $9.6B in US
Iain Morris, News Editor, 12/1/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Eyal Waldman, CEO of Mellanox Technologies, speaks to Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, for an exclusive interview about the 100 GB cable challenge, cybersecurity and much more.
Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Even when there's a strong pipeline of female talent in the comms industry, it tends to leak all the way to the top. McKinsey & Company says women experience pipeline leakage at three primary points: being unable to enter, being stuck in the middle or being locked out of the top. Each pipeline pain point presents its own challenges, but also opportunities to stop the leak. Wireless operator Sprint is making a conscious effort to improve its own pipeline from new recruits to the C-suite, and it wants the rest of the industry to do the same. In this Women in Comms radio show, WiC Board Member and Sprint Vice President of Enterprise Sales Nelly Pitocco will give us her take on the industry's pipeline challenges. Pitocco, who joined Sprint in May and has spent 20 years in the comms industry, will also offer solutions, share how Sprint is tackling the challenge within its own organization and take your questions live on air.