Sprint may ‘dramatically boost’ LTE Plus capacity and coverage in the US


LTE Plus speeds on Sprint may not be too far from a sizeable buff up, as the company recently field-tested a new technology in the city of Suwon, South Korea, in a joint effort with Samsung. The Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) tech, which was the subject matter of the test, has potential to bring Sprint customers in the US better coverage and mobile Internet capabilities.

Massive MIMO is used in a variety of communication technologies, from Wi-Fi to 4G bands, and vastly increases the capacity of a wireless connection. In a wireless network, data is exchanged between receivers (or nodes) that use a given spectrum of radio waves. What Massive MIMO does is that it allows more than one data signal to be transmitted and received between nodes simultaneously over the same radio channel. It also allows beamforming, which enhances one or a few data signals.

During the tests, Samsung’s hardware, which was used for the entire operation, recorded peak speeds of 330 Mbps per channel, using a 20MHz channel of 2.5GHZ spectrum. The test means that Sprint customers in the US may soon benefit from much faster mobile Internet and, according to Sprint’s news release, allow the company to offer them Gigabit LTE service.


Sprint has already installed 8T8R (8 transmit, 8 receive) radios across its US grid and conducted the joint test with Samsung, in order to compare how both technologies performed in real-life. It has now announced that it plans to deploy Massive MIMO antennas in cities all over the country that would boost its 2.5GHz spectrum by up to eight times.

Should Sprint implement Massive MIMO in the US, customers would also get much better connection quality in areas where traffic is high, which would certainly be welcomed by many urbanites across the country.

source: Sprint

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14 Comments

1. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I think Sprint should change their slogan to "Always promising things we can't deliver."

9. palmguy

Posts: 979; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I worked at Sprint from '03-'12. Slogan should be "Always promising things we never delivery"

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

Exactly. Who remembers WiMax? Yeah...I don't either.

2. Eclectech

Posts: 346; Member since: May 01, 2013

...and I just left Sprint for T-Mobile. #SecondThoughts

6. det_bradlee

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

They'll be merged soon enough.

11. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

T-Mobile already has this tech in use on their LTE system.

12. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

T-Mobile's and Sprint's current MIMO is nothing like this. Sprint and T-Mobile are currently 4x4 MIMO. This new antenna system is 64x64.

15. 9690austin

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

I just left Sprint for T-Mobile because of the cheaper plans. I will say Sprint LTE speeds are by far a lot better than T-Mobile LTE here in Central Illinois. I've noticed that T-Mobile signal likes to fall off far quicker than Sprint. My Sprint phone wanted to hold onto the LTE signal before dropping to 3G but T-Mobile will drop from LTE to Edge quick.

3. rebretz

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

Does Sprint have any plans to increase coverage? They were supposed to roll out LTE in my area in 2011, didn't arrive until 2013 and it's a weak signal and doesn't even cover the entire city.

7. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

just curious what city?

4. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

If I wasn't living in atlanta I would have probably dropped sprint a long time ago but damn, not gonna lie, speeds in atlanta for me are off the charts. On a bad day I get 40mb to 50mb down and other times I get speeds well over 200 down.

5. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

The hell are you? My in building signal is god awful. Like under 1 mb download & im on unlimited

10. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

I'm on the southeast side, but yeah, when I'm inside it would switch to bands26 which won't get you those kinda speeds like you would on band 41 but the speeds are still more than sufficient.

8. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

There is a strong possibility of Sprint/T-Mobile merger. T Mobile did a great job of acquiring 600 MHz spectrum and merged company will definitely be a great competition for big blue and big red. I am still hoping that T-Mobile US can buy itself from DT like Verizon did from Vodafone

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