US mobile giant Sprint Corp has announced that it has extended its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and tri-band carrier aggregation (CA) ‘Sprint Spark’ networks to a total of 48 new markets. Sprint has launched LTE in 24 new markets, including Flagstaff (Arizona), Maui and The Big Island (both Hawaii) and Washington, DC-Arlington-Alexandria (Virginia). Meanwhile, a further 24 markets will see the launch of Sprint Spark, including Providence (Rhode Island), Shelby (North Carolina) and Spokane (Washington). The Sprint Spark network is capable of delivering peak speeds of 60Mbps, via the aggregation of Frequency Division Duplex LTE (FDD-LTE) 800MHz spectrum, 2500MHz Time Division Duplex (TDD)-LTE frequencies and 1900MHz spectrum.
With these additions to its network, Sprint now claims to cover more than 270 million people with LTE, including 125 million using the 2.5GHz band. Chief network officer John Saw commented: ‘We have an incredible amount of work ahead, but I’m confident we have the right plan, the right team, and the right assets to compete. Clearly, we have momentum.’ Going forward, Saw expects Sprint Spark to come online in Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Nashville, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, and Washington, DC in late February.