Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sprint to cover 100M POPs with 2.5Ghz LTE by the end of 2014

According to Fierce Wireless Sprint will be launching 2.5Ghz LTE by the end of 2014. This frequency was originally used on the older 4G WiMAX frequencies and will be repurposed as additional LTE frequency so they can have additional spectrum between 700Mhz, 1900Mhz and 2.5Ghz 4G LTE. Right now Sprint has 230 markets covered with 4G LTE and plans to cover 200 million POPs by the end of 2013 on their existing 1.9Ghz LTE frequency. When Sprint launches 2.5Ghz LTE they will have the fastest LTE network available capable of 50-60Mbps on an unloaded cell in their tests. Right now Verizon covers 301 million POPs with LTE and is also deploying AWS spectrum, but even the AWS bands don’t have as much available spectrum as Sprint does giving them a possible long term advantage. For now most Sprint customers with LTE can expect to see an average of 6-8Mbps download.

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