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.
- T-Mobile up to 154 Markets, 280M PoPs With LTE
- AT&T Hits 400 4G LTE Markets
- Fall Into 4G: LTE State-of-Play in the USA
- Sprint Now Over 150 4G Markets
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading