Sprint Adds 45 New 4G LTE Markets

Sprint is now at 230 LTE markets, including NYC, as it races T-Mobile for 4G bronze.

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

October 29, 2013

2 Min Read
Sprint Adds 45 New 4G LTE Markets

Sprint expanded its LTE footprint to 45 new markets Tuesday, and it finally delivered the new 4G service to Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, NY.

The new markets include Pensacola, Fla.; and Tallahassee, Fla.; Spokane, Wash.; and Lexington, Ky. Here's how Sprint stands compared to the other major players now.


4G technology

Number of markets

Average download speeds


LTE (also markets HSPA+ as 4G)


18.6 Mbit/s

Cricket (Leap Wireless)



3-15 times faster than Leap's 3G



40 markets up, 3 more coming soon

Data speeds up to 10 times faster



30 markets

2-15 Mbit/s (depending on market)


LTE & WiMax

230 LTE, 71 WiMax

10.3 Mbit/s


LTE (also markets HSPA+ as 4G)

223 markets

25 Mbit/s (on unloaded network)

U.S. Cellular


92 markets

Up to 10 times faster than 3G

Verizon Wireless


500+ markets

14.3 Mbit/s

Why this matters
Sprint is back in the race with T-Mobile US Inc. to take third place in US coverage with LTE. T-Mobile recently expanded to 223 markets, but Sprint now has more markets covered again.

However, there's one important figure missing in the Sprint 4G race. The carrier, unlike its rivals, doesn't reveal the number of potential customers it covers in the US. Light Reading double checked the number again with a Sprint spokeswoman Tuesday. "We have not provided an update on POPs covered," she told us.

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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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