Report: Sprint to become "King of data speed"

Report: Sprint to become "King of data speed"
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

84. diyi75

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

I love the Tmo Sprint fans on phonearena. Don't let the ads fool you, both are far, far behind Vz and Att's overall coverage and performance. Unlimited data(?) and sporadic lte speeds mean nothing when you can't connect. How many Vz or att fanboys do you know? Not many, we don't have to brag. You get what you paid for. Excuse me, my girl needs to make a phone call, her Sprint work phone has no signal at this time...lol

83. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

It's funny the only people talking trash about this T-Mobile fans. T-Mobile fans will make you hate their company. VZW & ATT customers don't care they are satisfied with their respective networks. I guess fear that once Sprint has faster data speeds T-Mobile will become irrelevant. That won't happen, don't worry, there will be a place in the market for them still and maybe one day their coverage will match the speed of the network. What use is a sports car that can't leave the neighborhood?

78. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Man, those 37 people on Sprints network are sure going to be happy campers!

75. DrSteinman

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

Spark, it'll be in 14 cities by late 2015 and then they'll move onto something else and slowly roll it out while they expand Spark to areas that aren't metropolitan areas. Time and time again. We're still on 3G up here in Seattle.

62. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1291; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Go home dear analyst, you are drunk...

44. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

This all sounds great in theory. Softbank running the show might put some pressure on the network team. But people are tired of promises. There has to be action. Major markets like DC still don't have standard LTE so it's tough to buy into future technology. The spectrum exist, and the money is there. In fact, Sprint made more in additional revenue than T-Mobile invested in their LTE network last year. That's just the money. I read somewhere, maybe Engadget that Sprint canned three of their network heads recently. It's a sign. But the new guys gotta take the money and do something with it.

46. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yeah like actually spend money to compete a call and not worrying if it will be dropped or having fast data speeds.

51. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Compete? Or Complete? Fast data speeds are great when you cover so few people like T-Mobile, right? How did T-Mobile do in Consumer Reports, or JD Power for network quality? Last you say? Even Root Metrics, T-Mobile won a few markets. And still finished last. Ha. Hard to sound smart when you're both incorrect and trolling with bad spelling.

68. Guti986

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

I've never had a dropped call in the 4 cities I've lived in while with sprint (since 2005). And since last year after they built up the network over here in Miami I've had 0 complaints with data speed. But in either case, good things on the horizon. :)

74. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The plural of anecdote is not data, but anecdotes.

76. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

37. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

lol Biggest joke of the year.

25. GeekMovement unregistered

Might as well change the title to Report: Sprint to become "King of data speed" in Chicago.

24. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

HAHAHA! MORE SPRINT OPTIMISM THAT'S ALL LIES. I'll believe it when I see it!

43. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Go back to T-Mobile dookie (that's your name in all circles not T-Mobile fan boy) you're drunk.

21. imyourpapi

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 04, 2014

Data speed sucks here in Sacramento!!!!

34. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

LIAR look at the coverage map fool!!! if u woulda stayed on WIMAX ud be fine!!! jus go back to a Galaxy s2 n ull be back to highspeed internet. its fast ppl, u can play xbox360 or ps4 on a wimax Connection really well via hotspot. jus did yesterday

66. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yea it does, I hated when I had to go there for work. So glad I switched to Verizon

20. WillieFDiaz

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

They been claiming they will be fastest and biggest since WiMAX launched in 2010... Now 1/4th the way through 2014 they still brag about how they are going to be fast yet all I ever seen is no coverage for LTE in my state and city, the small areas that actually have LTE are slower than any other 3G network, including Sprint itself. Sprint has a habit of press releasing crap weekly as well. The network that cried speed...yeah okay.

33. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

and where do u live sir? which podunk town do u call home?

18. AustinPaul

Posts: 161; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

A few months ago, I left Sprint after about 14 years. Honestly, for my area of Austin, I had excellent phone coverage. I very rarely dropped calls. My only issue was that downtown, I had terrible data and the phone would get hot and the battery would drop fast. I'm with AT&T now and a new Note 3. I am getting far better data speeds out and about, but I have issues quite often with calls that don't come through, I've dropped a few calls (Sprint is stronger in my area of West Austin), had VM messages that either don't come through, or arrive a few days later. Bottom line, I'm still pulling for Sprint and will go back to them, if they can pull it together at some point. Of course, I know that AT&T, or any of the others, won't be sitting still either.

42. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Your phone getting hot or your batter losing charge is on the manufacturer, not Sprint. Sprint is however, responsible for the poor data speeds. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come with Softbank putting pressure on the network team.

64. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

No, a weak signal would require the phone to use more power to keep in touch with the tower, leading to more heat.

67. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Don't tell him that. Sprint always offers the best and are #1 because he says so.

15. engineer-1701d unregistered

I know in 3 to 5 years sprint will be on top after the tests they did last summer and fall but your looking at years for now I will leave after 13 years of crappy service I'll do t mobile for 2 then I will see what's up

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Most of the other carriers can focus on data speed now, but Sprint still has a long way to go until its coverage is acceptable, which is what it should focus on before increasing data speeds.

13. mike2959

Posts: 700; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Sprint's network is like Frankenstein, Just pieced together. Different technology's, frequency's, bands, etc...and now their phones gotta figure out what's the best choice for data on the fly as you're using the phone? What a hot mess.

17. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

I agree with you that previously it was messy with running 3 separate networks, Sprint, Nextel and Clearwire but if you do some research, that is exactly the purpose of Network Vision, consolidation, flexibility, efficiency and capacity. Their upgraded network is one of the most advanced in the world and using different spectrum frequencies is a good thing. It allows them to address building penetration with 800mhz, 1900mhz main PCS band and 2.5ghz for high capacity/speeds. Every other carrier is adding additional spectrum bands.

32. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

lol its true!!!! n i have them

9. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

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