Sprint released a "State of the network" report on Thursday after the nation's third largest carrier released a list of 36 markets expected to receive Sprint LTE in the coming months. Currently, Sprint has 49 markets lit up with LTE. The mobile operator also has enhanced its 3G signal in 70 markets. With Network Vision, Sprint customers are hearing enhanced voice quality, faster data speeds, better signal strength whenmakingcalls or using the internet and fewer dropped calls.
Sprint started rolling out its LTE service in July with peak download speeds at 25Mbps. Average download speed is said to be in the 6 to 8 Mbps range with an average 2-3 Mbps for uploads. Compare that to Sprint's peak 3G speeds of 3.1Mbps and average download and upload speeds of 350-500Kbps, and 600Kbps to 1.4Mbps respectively.
The 36 cities that will soon be the recipient of Sprint LTE include: Abbeville, La.; Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas; Blytheville, Ark.; Brainerd, Minn.; Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn.; Brownsville/Harlingen, Texas; Crowley, La. Dalton, Ga.; Duluth, Minn. Dunn, N.C.; /Chapel Hill, N.C.; Eau Claire, Wisc; Greenwood, S.C.; Jackson, Tenn.; La Crosse, Wisc.; Lafayette, La.; Lawton, Okla.; Little Rock/North Little Rock/Conway, Ark.; Mankato/North Mankato, Minn.; Muskogee, Okla.; New Haven/Milford, Conn.; New Iberia, La.; North Wilkesboro, N.C.; Oklahoma City; Palm Coast, Fla.; Pine Bluff, Ark.; Ponca City, Okla.; Raleigh/Cary, N.C.; Rochester, Minn.; Salinas, Calif.; San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif.; Santa Cruz/Watsonville, Calif.; Springfield, Mass.; Searcy, Ark; St. Cloud, Minn. and Stillwater, Okla.
Sprint will have 150 million POPs by the end of the year, rising to 250 million at the end of 2013 and 300 million in 2014 when the build out is expected to be completed.
With the network investments we made in 2012 and as the only national wireless carrier to offer truly unlimited 4G LTE data plans, we continue to offer better value than our competitors. But our commitment to an exceptional wireless experience doesn’t stop there. We are an aggressive path to complete the rollout of Network Vision, and we expect to accelerate this momentum in 2013."-Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 19, 2012 – This year Sprint (NYSE: S) has made a significant investment in its wireless network to better meet the needs of its wireless customers. From the rollout of 4G LTE to the upgrade of thousands of 3G sites across the country to thousands of voice and data capacity additions, Sprint has focused resources and funds to improve its overall network quality and performance. Sprint has hit a deployment stride and is making measurable progress on its goal to bring Network Vision to customers nationwide.
Sprint has launched 4G LTE in 49 markets – including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Baltimore – and sites are on-air and implementation is under way in hundreds more. In fact, Sprint has announced nearly 150 markets that should see an official LTE launch in the coming months, including 36 markets that have been added today.* Sprint also has implemented 3G service improvements in more than 70 markets, from Asheville, N.C., to Philadelphia and from Hudson, N.Y., to Santa Barbara, Calif.
Through Network Vision, voice quality is enhanced and Sprint customers in upgraded areas are seeing better performance on their smartphones, mobile broadband connection cards and mobile hotspots when using the Sprint 4G LTE and 3G networks. Customers can expect to experience the following performance improvements:
Faster data speeds that enable instant Web access for news updates, HD viewing and game-playing, quicker video downloads and clear video chats. Better signal strength when making a call or using the Web. Fewer dropped calls for peace of mind when talking to friends, family or colleagues. Improved voice quality and less static or background noise when making phone calls.
“With the network investments we made in 2012 and as the only national wireless carrier to offer truly unlimited 4G LTE data plans, we continue to offer better value than our competitors,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “But our commitment to an exceptional wireless experience doesn’t stop there. We are an aggressive path to complete the rollout of Network Vision, and we expect to accelerate this momentum in 2013.”
Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers service in 49 marketsi. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE. For detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the address, please visitwww.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often, as the maps will be updated when coverage in these markets is enhanced.
*Markets slated to receive LTE in the coming months are: Abbeville, La. Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas Blytheville, Ark. Brainerd, Minn. Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn. Brownsville/Harlingen, Texas Crowley, La. Dalton, Ga. Duluth, Minn. Dunn, N.C. Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C. Eau Claire, Wisc. Greenwood, S.C. Jackson, Tenn. La Crosse, Wisc. Lafayette, La. Lawton, Okla. Little Rock/North Little Rock/Conway, Ark. Mankato/North Mankato, Minn. Muskogee, Okla. New Haven/Milford, Conn. New Iberia, La. North Wilkesboro, N.C. Oklahoma City Palm Coast, Fla. Pine Bluff, Ark. Ponca City, Okla. Raleigh/Cary, N.C. Rochester, Minn. Salinas, Calif. San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif. Santa Cruz/Watsonville, Calif. Springfield, Mass. Searcy, Ark. St. Cloud, Minn. Stillwater, Okla.
I haven't really noticed sprint doing that well here. Most of the stores I used to see have closed, and I see more AT&T, T-Mobile, straight talk, verizon, and U.S. Cellular users than anything, and mostly AT&T, T-Mo, and cricket stores (excepting big-box stores).
that list isnt complete, as well as it could be like it is here in va beach. the towers are going up but its not "fully launched" so they dont announce it. i get lte in about 3 places around here though on my gs3
How in the hell does Dunn, Chapel Hill, North Wilkesboro, Raleigh, and Cary get 4G LTE before Charlotte in NC!? Chapell Hill and Raleigh can get a pass since those are estentially college towns, but the other locations make zero sense! Ugh!!! -_-
I believe they said a while back, that current WiMax cities wouldnt be getting any LTE in the first round of the LTE rollout. I could be wrong, but ive heard it multiple times. Which is why Cleveland, OH still only have wimax but no mention of LTE.
Greenwood?? Really well... ive been rolling with sprint long enough enough they always come through even late so ill wait and see how this pans out.. seems they are hitting all small markets before deploying into big markets interesting tatic.
I love when these lists come out. It's the same for every carrier when they release a list "Hey WHAT ABOUT MY CITY! YOU SUCK (Insert Carrier Name Here)!" Unless they released 4G in every city simultaneously no one would ever be happy, that's why it's called a "roll-out" people. I didn't see Sprint "thumping their chest" @ajac09, it was simply a statement as to their progress thus far and their plans, get real man. Should they just not EVER say anything about their plans or what they've done unless it covers your specific cities, or should they just wait and only release statements that say "We've covered the entire United States....enjoy your 4G".
These are my favorite posts to read comments on, every carrier get bashed when they name cities, Sprint is playing catch up, they can't do it all at once and they've been pretty aggressive, if you don't like it....switch. Then when your new carrier rolls out 5G and your city isn't the first city upgraded..... bitch and switch again.
Lol everyone does have there own experiences of course but I have had them all to & here in a big city of Vegas Sprint overall is the slowest and other places ive gone as well. Just google it. There 3g is the slowest overall. Again nice to have unlimited but not if your looking at a screen buffering and still need wifi all the time mostly. Plus an airave for decent indoor coverage. There wimax was a joke as well pretty much. I am not a "fanboy" really of anything right now except windowsphone & would gladly take Sprint's good deals if you got good service! You really do get what ya pay for sometimes.
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