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Sprint Goes 4G LTE in 34 More Markets

Dan Jones
9/16/2013
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Sprint is not ceding the race for third place in 4G in the US so easily. The operator announced Monday morning that it has turned on LTE in 34 new towns and cities. It now has 185 markets live with the technology.

The new markets are:

  • Alexandria, La.
  • Allegan, Mich.
  • Amarillo, Texas
  • Anniston/Oxford, Ala.
  • Bay City, Mich.
  • Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas
  • Bedford, Pa.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Del Rio, Texas
  • Enid, Okla.
  • Fort Atkinson, Wis.
  • Greenville, Miss.
  • Houma/Bayou Cane/Thibodaux, La.
  • Juniata and Mifflin counties, Pa.
  • Kinston, N.C.
  • Lake Charles, La.
  • Lawton, Okla.
  • Longview, Texas
  • Lufkin, Texas
  • Lumberton, N.C.
  • Macon, Ga.
  • Marshfield/Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  • Midland, Texas
  • Monroe, Mich.
  • Montgomery, Ala.
  • Muskogee, Okla.
  • Oklahoma City
  • Ruston, La.
  • Salem, Ore.
  • San Angelo, Texas
  • Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Stillwater, Okla.
  • Victoria, Texas
  • Whitewater, Wis.

Here's where the US operators stand with LTE deployments now.

Table 1: 4G LTE Markets in the US

Operator 4G technology Number of markets Average download speeds
AT&T LTE (Also markets HSPA+ as 4G) 400 18.6 Mbit/s
Cricket (Leap Wireless) LTE 11 3-15 times faster than Leap's 3G
C-Spire LTE 40 markets up, 3 more coming soon Data speeds up to 10 times faster
MetroPCS LTE 30 markets 2-15 Mbit/s (depending on market)
Sprint LTE & WiMax 185 LTE, 71 WiMax 10.3 Mbit/s
T-Mobile LTE (Also markets HSPA+ as “4G”) 154 markets 25 Mbit/s (on unloaded network)
U.S. Cellular LTE 92 markets Up to 10 times faster than 3G
Verizon Wireless LTE 500 markets 14.3 Mbit/s
Sources: Carrier data, Light Reading, OpenSignal, RootMetrics

Why this matters
T-Mobile US Inc. announced new markets that overtook Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S)'s footprint on Friday. Sprint is now back in bronze position with this latest update. However, the issue with its many deployments so far has been that it tends to launch LTE in many small and midsized towns and cities. For instance, the operator hasn't yet gone live with an NYC-wide deployment.

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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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DanJones
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DanJones,
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9/17/2013 | 3:48:13 PM
Re: what's left?
I double-checked with Sprint, they say they count Bronx & Brooklyn as one market. Staten Island will be considered as part of the same market when they launch that too.So it seemslike they count NYC as one market.

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DanJones,
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9/17/2013 | 12:57:56 PM
Re: what's left?
Manhattan is a hard RF environment to deploy with all the skyscrappers.
albreznick
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albreznick,
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9/17/2013 | 11:57:08 AM
Re: what's left?
So they only left out the two largest boroughs in NYC with a combined 4-5 million people, eh? Ah, no biggie. Why are they leaving the best for last? Too complicated and costly? 
milan03
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milan03,
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9/17/2013 | 12:49:11 AM
Re: what's left?
Well, other carriers count Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Jamaica (part of Queens), Flushing (part of Queens), even Yonkers as one single New York City Metro market.

... Sprint? Not so much. Way to boost market count, but never disclose the amount of pops covered. http://i.imgur.com/u085Z7R.png
@jopocop
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@jopocop,
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9/16/2013 | 8:45:34 PM
Sprint 4G Map
Here is a fairly up to date Sprint 4G USA map.

They are building up some coverages in metro areas, but, there is obviously a great deal of work to be done to reach substantial coverages.

 

One of my contacts in Houston reports that as he drives around the Houston area, the LTE signal turns on and off failry regularly in patchy 4G areas.  

 

Sprint essentially announced network vision in October 2011, and they began to activate about July, 2012.  They were originally targeting about the end of 2013 to cover a high percentage of USA POP.  We can see that Sprint could be around 6-9 months behind where they originally hoped to be.  But today's news indicates that they are pushing harder to catch up in the race.  

 

http://www.sensorly.com/map/4G/US/USA/Sprint/lte_310sprint
DanJones
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DanJones,
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9/16/2013 | 6:05:38 PM
Re: what's left?
They're aiming for 200M people in the US covered by year's end. Manhattan and Queens still need LTE service for starters. 300M is generally accepted as the bulk of the American populace covered so they'll have a way to go.
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albreznick,
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9/16/2013 | 5:28:06 PM
what's left?
So, Dan, what major markets does Sprint have left to cover? Or have they now extendsed LTE pretty much every place they could?
DanJones
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DanJones,
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9/16/2013 | 12:21:48 PM
PoPs covered
Trying to find out from Sprint what the PoPs covered figure is.
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