Report: Sprint to become "King of data speed"

Report: Sprint to become
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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90 Comments

1. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

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

8. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Dude Sprint is way ahead of TMO coverage wise.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

16. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

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

19. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

47. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

26. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

69. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

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

91. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

49. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

56. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

63. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Go Sprint GO! lol

80. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 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.

86. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 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.

12. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

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

27. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

36. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

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

65. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 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 .

70. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

87. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 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.

85. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 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.

39. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

48. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You're delusional.

54. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

81. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

What did he say wrong?

88. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

so are you.

59. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

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

60. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

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

79. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

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

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

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