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Carrier aggregation is a feature of the LTE-Advanced standard that brings together bands of spectrum to create wider lanes, allowing more data traffic to travel at higher rates. Sprint has deployed three-channel carrier aggregation on more than 500 cell sites in Chicago and will continue to expand.
In optimal conditions, 3-channel CA can increase network throughput by 50% over the standard two-channel carrier network, providing higher speeds and improved user experience. This type of network can reduce the download time for a 1GB video by as much as one-third, compared to a two-channel CA network.
Sprint currently offers six devices that support three-channel carrier aggregation, with its portfolio expected to grow. The functionality will be enabled via an automatic software upgrade when the network deployment is finished.