Sprint Gets Speedy With Samsung S7

Sprint says it will be able to deliver "real world" peak speeds of more than 200 Mbit/s with the newest Samsung Galaxy S7 running over its network.

Performance under lab conditions was even more impressive: "We've demonstrated [in the labs] speeds of more than 300 [Mbit/s] using the new Samsung Galaxy S7, one of the first devices on the market with hardware able to support three-channel carrier aggregation," says Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) in a statement.

Carrier aggregation is a method of bonding LTE radio channels that allows extra download speeds and capacity. Sprint says that the lab demonstration used 60MHz of 2.5GHz radio spectrum. (See Why You Should Care About LTE-Advanced (Eventually).)

Sprint says it now holds more than 160MHz of 2.5GHz spectrum in the top 100 US markets. The operator said that it was testing 5G "components" on the spectrum last week. (See Sprint: We're Building a 5G-Ready Network, Not a 4G Relic.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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