Kansas-based Sprint Corp. has announced that it has deployed its LTE Plus service, Sprint’s version of LTE-Advanced in New York City, offering the customers fastest network and higher data speeds. The service is now available in 191 markets across the US.
Based on beam-forming and two-channel carrier aggregation technology, Sprint LTE Plus service provides customers real-world download speeds of up to 100Mbps. “The service gives customers more capacity so they get a much better experience. If they have the latest phones (compatible with Sprint’s technology), they get much higher speeds as well,” said chief technology officer John Saw in an interview.
With this latest deployment, Sprint completed the roll-out in major cities across the US, including Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Miami, and Los Angeles. New York is the largest metropolitan area to get access to the service.
Sprint has been criticized over the recent years for a poor network. The company was undergoing several network improvements for the past two years and LTE Plus is one in the long list. Sprint’s spectrum holdings include low-band 800MHz spectrum, mid-band 1900MHz, and lots of high-band 2.5GHz spectrum, making it capable of adopting new technologies such as carrier aggregation and beam-forming. The company expects to leverage its improved position to its benefit when 5G networks begin their rollouts around the year 2020.
The 16 devices sold by Sprint support the two-channel carrier aggregation. The devices include iPhone 6S and 6S Plus; HTC A9 and M9; LG G5, G4, and G Flex 2; Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, Note Edge, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Tab S2; as well as Sprint’s Pocket Wi-Fi mobile hotspot. According to Sprint, the Galaxy S7 also supports three-channel aggregation, which has shown to provide speeds of more than 300Mbps in lab tests. That will be rolled out to the network by the end of 2016.
Sprint has the fourth-largest US subscriber base. It said it will deploy more new network enhancements, such as service in all underground subway stations in New York, in the near future.