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Report: Sprint to become "King of data speed"

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According to Strategy Analytics, Sprint will soon be "King of data speed". A report issued by the research firm says that the carriers are moving away from network coverage and are focusing on the speed of their respective pipelines. Guang Yang, Strategy Analytics' senior analyst for wireless networks and platforms, says that the TDD spectrum in the 2.5GHz band that Sprint acquired from Clearwire last year, is the key to allowing the nation's third largest carrier to provide its customers with "super high speed data connections."

Last month, Sprint along with Nokia Solutions and Networks tested a single sector of TD-LTE using an aggregated 120MHz of Sprint's TDD 2.5GHz spectrum, and set a TD-LTE speed record of 2.6Gbps. And Sprint says that it owns 150MHz of 2.5GHz spectrum in 90 of the top 100 markets. Yang goes on to add that Sprint plans this year to use 2 x 20MHz carrier aggregation, and 3 x 20MHz aggregation by the end of 2015. The result would be a strong LTE-Advanced network for Sprint.

Pointing to lower band spectrum owned by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint asked the FCC to devise a "weighted wireless broadband spectrum screen" that would come into play when the government auctions off spectrum. Sprint wants the FCC to give competitive advantages to spectrum under 1GHz. Both AT&T and Verizon responded with statements that accuse Sprint of excluding its 2.5GHz TDD spectrum from this category so that it can bid for more spectrum at the upcoming 600MHz auction, while making it difficult for the top two carriers to effect a winning bid.

Strategy Analytics also had kind words to say about the carrier's tri-band LTE service called Sprint Spark. The network works with circuitry on certain phones to figure out which of the three bands is best for a certain task. Using carrier aggregation, the three bands (800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz) offer speeds of 50 to 60Mbps and Chairman Dan Hesse has said that the technology could deliver real-world speeds of 150 to 180Mbps. Currently in 14 markets, Sprint Spark is expected to find its way into the top 100 U.S.markets within 3 years.

source: StrategyAnalytics via FierceWireless

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posted on 16 Mar 2014, 21:54 4

1. baldilocks (Posts: 501; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Doesn't matter when they have barely more coverage than T-Mobile...

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:07 7

8. lsutigers (Posts: 704; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Dude Sprint is way ahead of TMO coverage wise.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:15 2

11. sprockkets (Posts: 1146; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


That depends on where you are at. Far as I'm concerned both stink. But you can judge for yourself.

http://opensignal.com/coverage-maps/US/

That and 2.5ghz will barely work inside buildings vs 700 or 850mhz with att or verizon, but who cares huh.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:29 3

16. lsutigers (Posts: 704; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Spark is tri-band LTE which includes the refarmed Nextel 800mhz spectrum for building penetration.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:50 1

19. sprockkets (Posts: 1146; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


yeah but then you don't get all three for the speed.

In reality though, does it really matter when hell, who needs anything faster than 10mb for a phone or device. I'd like it to me a consistent 10mbps no matter what time of day rather than 2-40, with it being more 2 than 40 or whatever else.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:52

47. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


They're not even using the 800MHz spectrum from Nextel. That's later in 2014 lolol.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 05:50

26. reckless562 (Posts: 671; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


true abt the 2.5.....kinda sad huh......u know what??......the FCC should mandate the carriers each have one penatrating band minimum for data (which voice can travel over anyway) and one penatrating band minimum for voice. then we'd al be happy campers.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 13:03

69. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


I have heard that the LTE Advanced 2500 will penetrate buildings. I read this on S4GRU website by industry engineers.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 18:11

91. downphoenix (Posts: 2283; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Actually, what should happen is, instead of leasing out this spectrum to the companies, it should allocate it based on need. This business practice is the reason AT&T and Verizon has such the stranglehold on the market that they do.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:56

49. rallyguy (Posts: 526; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


It's coverage is better than their maps. I have had LTE for about a year now and Sprint doesn't even show it available in my state.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:34

56. youlookfoolish (Posts: 121; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


You are absolutely correct.

Coverage, speed, everything about network performance is completely subjective. Weather, handset and so many factors determine performance. Good post. And yes, they do both ultimately suck.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:14 1

63. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3840; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Go Sprint GO! lol

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 17:29

80. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


No when talking about either pop covered or sq miles covered its not close. But of course the TMo fans won't use facts.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 10:58

86. TheRequiem (Posts: 140; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Dont ever mention open signal again on here are you will forever be invalid, go away. The 8 channel radios and amps Sprint is using render the indoor building coverage inept, your out of the loop.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:18

12. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


sprint and tmobile suck compared to at&t and verizon's coverage in my area.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 05:52 2

27. reckless562 (Posts: 671; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


BUT THEYRE NOT UNLIMITED!!!!! ur a fool for living in a data cage......

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 01:15

22. Bernoulli (Posts: 1436; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


people with sprint roam at my school's library, while Verizon, att AND Tmobile get LTE, kinda sad...

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 07:19 4

35. lsutigers (Posts: 704; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Verizon barely pulls a 1xRTT 2G signal at a place I frequent, while Sprint and AT&T have full LTE service. What's your point? Every carrier has dead zones...

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 07:52 1

36. silencer271 (Posts: 149; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


depends on locaton. Here sprint is dead last in coverage.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:23

65. Omarc07 (Posts: 236; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


like they say depends were u live i dont like tmobile i have verizon rite now but if i had to choose id choose tmobile anyday over sprint i gave both a try 2 months ago on tmobile i had an s4 on sprint an lg g2 which supposedly works on there spark network . Sprint was horrible here in los angeles SLOOOW data txt messagin all messed up it said they sent but other person never got them,sprint spark was slow i was able to get it in east la and montebello but speed was 2 to 5 mbps dwn dropped calls i had a lot and call quality was PRETTY bad couldnt hear the other person half the time.Now tmobile on the other hand was the opposite clear HD calls ,FAST data up to 40 mbps no dropped calls yes not one call dropped ,ONLY reason i didnt stay and i got verizon was cuz they give me a discount from were i work .

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 13:07 1

70. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Spark isn't complete yet, and here in NYC people are getting 60 MBS with Spark devices. When it's all said and done Sprint will be a force to be reckoned with.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 11:00

87. TheRequiem (Posts: 140; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Sprint Spark is the fastest in the country, I have tested almost 7000 cell sites, your full of crap, 2-5 mbps? I think you mean standard LTE, the average I get out of Sprint's 2.5ghz band is at least 35mbps.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 10:57

85. TheRequiem (Posts: 140; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


I can personally attest to this, I test networks around the country for 3 carriers and Sprint's Spark at the 2.5 ghz band clearly blows everyone out of the water.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:19 1

39. youlookfoolish (Posts: 121; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


T-Mobile's latest commercial pegs them at 51,000 towers. Sprint has over 55,000. That's not barely. Sprints footprint is MUCH larger. The point of this article drives home that speed will match coverage eventually.

T-Mobile still has and will likely always until they day they are sold the smallest coverage footprint. Not conjecture. Fact. Proven. Hard numbers.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:54

48. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You're delusional.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:26

54. youlookfoolish (Posts: 121; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


I'm delusional because I don't agree with your perspective?

It can't be because I am using cold, hard, substantiated facts right? Using facts is the opposite of delusional. Ha.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 17:30

81. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


What did he say wrong?

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 11:00

88. TheRequiem (Posts: 140; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


so are you.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:42 2

59. bestmvno (Posts: 123; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


51,000/56,000= 92.7%. Sprint has approximately 7.3% more towers. That is indeed barely.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:52

60. youlookfoolish (Posts: 121; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


You realize that is potentially up to 5,000 square miles right? Not quite barely.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 16:31 2

79. bestmvno (Posts: 123; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


5000? The USA is 3.79 million square miles. So Sprint has 0.14% more coverage based on your numbers by area.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 21:55 1

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Sprint Spark is a really good example of marketing. Verizon and T-Mobile are laughing at Sprint.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:05 7

7. lsutigers (Posts: 704; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


On a recent competitive bid to renew wireless services our company tested Sprint Spark phones and hotspots and we were able to achieve 40-60mbps consistently...We also tested the other big 3 carriers but Sprint had the fastest speeds in Spark markets by far.

So it's not just good marketing, Spark is real and the speeds are fast.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 05:54

28. reckless562 (Posts: 671; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


where do u live if i might ask? i live in Los angeles County for example

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 07:54

38. silencer271 (Posts: 149; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


I get 50-60 on AT&T in my area already and thats what I've gotten evey LTE AT&T phone I've ever used.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:29 3

55. youlookfoolish (Posts: 121; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


T-Mobile fan boys are delusional (PapaSmurf's word of the day).

They don't care about truth or fact. They just want to tell you T-Mobile is the best although it is firmly rooted in last place in almost every conceivable metric. Customer count, coverage foot print, revenue. It's amazing T-Mobile has loyal fans, I'll give them that. But man, as a company T-Mobile sucks.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:35 1

57. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


How are those drop calls and connection time outs on your browser going for you? You're defending Sprint, the worst carrier in the US with the worst customer experience of all four carriers. Cool.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:48 1

77. lsutigers (Posts: 704; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


I know you are an absolute TMO die hard fan lover but I use both Verizon and Sprint and almost NEVER drop calls on either one. The Sprint voice network is solid and the coverage blows TMO out of the water. Sprint's footprint is similar to AT&T's which are both smaller than VZW. TMO is a distant 4th in coverage.

I know you like to talk alot of smack about Sprint but their data speeds in upgraded LTE markets have been plenty fast, 6-30mbps consistently and that is not including Spark because most of our company (15k+ lines) is on iPhone 5. BTW, do you know what the difference between 6mbps and 30mbps is on a mobile phone??

NOTHING!!! You can't tell.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 17:32

82. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


All you do drop opinion. Bring some facts to the arguement.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 11:01

89. TheRequiem (Posts: 140; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Good luck with your Verizon sanctions and thanks for supporting the duopoly of America you fool.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:21

40. youlookfoolish (Posts: 121; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


Hello again T-Mobile fan.

Laughing? How? T-Mobile is going to laugh as it gets bought out (potentially by Sprint)? Verizon is laughing how? By begging the US Government to give them more spectrum and focusing on Sprint as a model?

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:38

45. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What? You do know Verizon has the best coverage and the fastest speeds, right? They're using 2x20MHz in their top markets now, and is spreading throughout the country. Verizon and T-Mobile have the fastest data speeds of all carriers. AT&T is catching up, but Sprint is still dead last. The 800MHz band isn't even in use at all until the end of the year so you sound uneducated on the topic. Please do some research before trying to bash.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:00

50. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Here you go. You're living up to your username I see. :)

http://gigaom.com/2014/01/30/4g-vs-4g-comparing-lte-networks-in-the-us/

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:20 2

52. youlookfoolish (Posts: 121; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


I see you still haven't the foggiest idea.

Once again trolling a Sprint thread out of some hurt emotion that your last place carrier might be assimilated. So you chase the closest car you see.

This article that you are actually commenting on states Sprint has the tech to be the best. Read it. It might do you good. Or, you can read this.

www.computerworld.com%2Fs%2Farticle%2F9244834%2FVerizon_LTE_getting_AWS_upgrades_even_as_execs_admit_to_some_performance_hot_spots_&ei=ugMnU_v9EpOL0QHH_oCIAw&usg=AFQjCNELfVC0tu9iHSLKgs5L2NnypD-0HQ&bvm=bv.62922401,d.dmQ

That is Verizon saying yea, our LTE is not great. Ha. You are too easy. You should act like Dookie and Jedi and reduce yourself to using profanity and stealing insults from movies when facts don't support your argument and you look foolish. :)

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:41 1

58. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You're so blind it's funny and sad at the same time. Verizon's LTE is getting over 70mbps in their 2x20MHz markets, as well as T-Mobile. With AT&T stepping their game up this year by adding more bandwidth for their users, the speeds have increased as well.

Sprint, on the other hand, is promoting Spark as if it's the best thing in the world. News flash, the 800MHz band isn't even in play so good luck trying to argue with me on that. Is it an improvement over their first gen LTE? Yes. Is it better than what's available now? Nope. Oh, and for a company that has billions in revenue and can easily infrastructure the fastest LTE network, they choose not to. Shows how much your company loves you. Google Sprint Spark Chicago and read he terrible reviews from actual customers. Seems like the people in my city hate Sprint more than the mayor.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 11:02

90. TheRequiem (Posts: 140; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Verizon's LTE is consistently slower then AT&T in over 300 markets and when Sprint Spark launches in a market, it becomes 4th... your an idiot. T-Mobile is faster then Verizon, hahahaha

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:24

53. youlookfoolish (Posts: 121; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


http://m.computerworld.com/s/article/9244834/Verizon_LTE_getting_AWS_upgrades_even_as_execs_admit_to_some_performance_hot_spots_?mm_ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

Bad link.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 21:56 8

3. MrOCD (unregistered)


I say every carrier should completely cover the US with their network, and then focus on giving us unnecessarily fast speeds.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 05:54

29. reckless562 (Posts: 671; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


well DUH!!! thats the wet dream there bub!!

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 21:57 2

4. GTX_Ti (unregistered)


The word Sprint itself means running at full speed.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:14 4

10. Kishin (Posts: 582; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Sprint has not been trying cause their called Sprint even though they know they lack that speed..where have they been since 2011?
Spark is a start though..

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:02

5. AdamLeonard (Posts: 44; Member since: 24 Aug 2011)


Agree. I live in one of the 14 markets and get sh** for penetration and speed. Nexus 5 is the best phone they have and there's no Spark update and all they've said for months when I call is "it's coming."

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:52

61. SellPhones82 (Posts: 488; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Have you tried manually enabling Spark on your N5? You need your MSL code but I just enabled the two additional bands over the weekend and notice faster data speeds even though I'm not in a "Spark" market.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2530061

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 13:14

71. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Rofl I enabled my Nexus 5 to Spark protocols in November. I have received band 41 Spark signal intermittently however no speed test were made since I was driving.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 22:35

92. AdamLeonard (Posts: 44; Member since: 24 Aug 2011)


Did it and it didn't make any difference.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:05 5

6. threeline (Posts: 256; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


There goes Sprint dangling the carrot again! Not gonna fool me again Sprint.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 05:57

30. reckless562 (Posts: 671; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


lmao!! where do u live?? but-fuckln Egypt?? lol they even got 4G probablly (its a real place btw, called the Inland empire in California)

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:13 1

9. wkm001 (Posts: 32; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


I love Android but it has taught me, buy a phone for what it is now, not what it might be. The “Sprint Network" in my area is awful right now. Thanks nTelos.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 01:22 1

23. a_merryman (Posts: 628; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Ahhh, agreed, nTelos has done an absolutely awful job. Of course then you have Shentel right down the road finishing their build-out before even Sprint....long story short, I also hate nTelos. Luckily I'm closer to DC and it seems like the build-out up here is getting close to completion.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 05:58

31. reckless562 (Posts: 671; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


WHO do u have??? idk what ur talkin bout

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