US mobile giant Sprint Corp has confirmed that its tri-band carrier aggregation (3C) ‘LTE Plus’ network now covers 150 major markets. In a post on the cellco’s official blog, CTO John Saw commented: ‘The Sprint LTE Plus network has doubled to cover more than 150 markets, with service now available in twice as many cities from Boulder, Colorado, to West Palm Beach, Florida; and Cleveland, Ohio, to Syracuse, New York. LTE Plus takes advantage of Sprint’s rich tri-band spectrum portfolio, and it uses some of the world’s most advanced technologies in wireless, such as carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2015 Sprint rebranded the service, from ‘Sprint Spark’ to ‘LTE Plus’. The tri-band network aggregates 800MHz FDD-LTE spectrum (previously used by Sprint’s defunct iDEN network), 1900MHz ex-CDMA spectrum and 2500MHz TD-LTE frequencies, as previously utilised by WiMAX firm Clearwire. Dr Saw claims that the network is capable of delivering peak speeds in excess of 100Mbps on capable devices.