Sprint hits 300Mbps download speed on the Samsung Galaxy S7 while testing three-channel aggregation



Sprint announced today that  during tests, it was able to achieve a peak download speed of 300Mbps on an LTE connection using the Samsung Galaxy S7. The latter is one of the first handsets on the market to support the mobile operator's three-channel carrier aggregation. The carrier currently employs two-channel carrier aggregation for its LTE Plus service available in over 150 markets. While two-channel aggregation supports download speeds of 100Mbps, three-channel aggregation can reach download speeds of 200Mbps.

Three-channel aggregation allows for more traffic to travel through the wider channels, and at faster speeds. Think of it a road that has had its lanes widened to allow more cars to zoom by. Eventually, the three-channel carrier aggregation will be employed in Sprint's LTE Plus network. While two-channel aggregation uses 40MHz of spectrum on certain 2.5GHz cell sites, the three-channel aggregation employs 60MHz of spectrum on the same sites.

Sprint, which was surpassed by T-Mobile last year and is now the fourth largest wireless operator in the nation, has 160MHz of 2.5GHz spectrum in the top 100 markets. The carrier is busy at its lab in Reston, Virginia, continuing to test how fast it can get the Samsung Galaxy S7 to run on three-channel carrier aggregation. And Sprint will also be testing other handsets as well, preparing for the day that it can offer these faster speeds to Sprint customers.


Sprint is not participating in the FCC's upcoming auction of low-frequency 600MHz spectrum. The carrier says that it is has enough spectrum in hand, although it is higher frequency spectrum which does not travel as far or penetrate buildings as well as lower frequency spectrum (like the 600MHz air waves up for auction) can.

source: Sprint via Phonescoop

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27 Comments

1. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

On LTE here. I would only hit 200-400kbs down. On LTE! I used to get about 2mb down when they first put the towers up a little over a year ago. Shame.

5. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Wow... They've achieved just a LTE Cat. 6 speed on a Cat. 12 capable Galaxy S7? The US is way behind Asia in LTE!

7. tyrionTheWise unregistered

South Korea, not asia. Here in India you can't even get LTE in 99% of places. And those who have LTE barely use cat.4. I personally get about 50 Mbps, which is good enough, but nothing ground breaking. And I pay 4$ for 1 GB of this, which is a total ripoff. Fortunately I have unlimited WiFi at 150 Mbps.

20. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hi tyrion, it's being reported that the sd820 is crap slow next to the Samsung own CPU 8890 Seehttp://www.sammobile.com/2016/03/15/exynos-powered-galaxy-s7-appears-to-be-faster-than-its-snapdragon-820-counterpart/ I can report my s7 edge (uk) as had no slow downs at all and as not lagged and opens apps supper fast as per there video

22. engineer-1701d unregistered

You know what's funny is when I drive past resting on 66 pass through Springfield and I still only get .5 LTE download speed that's the reason why I left so they didn't hit three hundred megabytes per second is 300 kilobytes per second

25. TechSingularity

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LMAO kilobytes. Very accurate ! Never got good or decent basic service with Sprint. 15 years of this. Now on TMO

23. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Sprint for years promise one thing or another & never delivers

24. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

meanwhile im getting 3.2 dwn TOPS on my brand new galaxy s7 fRom tmobile here in LA . :)) LOL

27. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

They should focus more on hitting reasonable data speeds than this. 300mbps means nothing if you have to stand in a specific spot at a specific time of the day with a specific phone.

2. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Switched to an ATT MVNO and Im not looking back.

3. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Great. Now you can blow through your 1 GB data cap in 30 seconds.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

YEP lol.

6. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Which just sounds crazy. Unlimited data plan, or go home!

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I have 10gbs its more than enough, I have wifi and use less than 1.5gb of data each month. And didn't I ask you to stop replying to my comments????

10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its hexa-core. 3rd account IIRC

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I thought it was S.R.K or was that also Hexa-Core?

13. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

S.R.K is Arte. This one is hexa-core. Easily recognizable by similar posts.

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

SRK was like on my dick and spewing apple hate just like adreno so that;s why thought adreno was SRK.

17. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Excuse me???

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah, but those plans are becoming increasingly rare, even with modern tech improving the transmission rate, we are getting more and more devices, so what we get is also split amongst more, so yeah, true unlimited plans might be quite a bit off.

11. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

So in about ten seconds or less most people can use their cap every month that's pretty halarious. In the meantime when will all the truly unlimited data users be able to regularly download at 50mbs a second or even twenty

14. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I have unlimited data on Sprint and I live in an area well saturated with LTE. I rarely see 3G but my Note 4 does not support Carrier Aggregation so I have never gone above 50Gbps. I'll be eligibale for an upgrade once the Note 6 is out and should support 3xCA so this will be awesome.

15. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

Sprint always promise you the world and the stars but never deliver jack.

18. theo14461 unregistered

Sprint Blows!

19. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

We're peaking at 400 Mbps with KPN in the Netherlands using the S7 and carrier aggregation.

21. KingSam

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

What is this LTE you speak of? That is still a distant dream here in Jamaica. Operators overcharge for crap internet. Unlimited data doesn't even exist!

26. smacsteve

Posts: 86; Member since: May 16, 2012

Yeah, but you still can't talk and surf on that.

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