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Sprint gives us its "State of the network" report

Sprint gives us its "State of the network" report
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.

source: Sprint

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