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Sprint announces faster LTE Plus network, launching today in 77 markets

Sprint has announced the rollout of its LTE Plus network, available now in 77 of the carrier's markets. Built using LTE Advanced technologies like carrier aggregation and beamforming, Sprint's LTE Plus is meant to deliver faster speeds and more consistent service.

Sprint LTE Plus is built off of two key technologies, carrier aggregation and beamforming. Carrier aggregation allows Sprint to use multiple channels on their spectrum to create a larger data "pipe", leading to increased capacity and potentially faster speeds. Beamforming allows carriers to target signal directly at customers. Combined with three spectrum bands, you get the following, according to Sprint:

  • Faster service with double the network capacity and speed, and peak speeds in excess of 100Mbps on capable devices
  • Stronger service with smart antenna technology that extends the cell signal further at 2.5GHz
  • More reliable service utilizing three bands of spectrum – 1.9GHz for broad coverage, 800MHz for better indoor service, and 2.5GHz for even faster data speeds

Sprint has launched LTE Plus in the 77 markets with support for these technologies, including New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. The carrier already carries 13 devices with support for LTE Plus, including the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Sprint has also announced plans to increase the number of cell sites with support for their 2.5GHz, 1.9GHz, and 800MHz spectrum for a faster LTE Plus rollout.

Source: Sprint

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

9 Comments
  • Where, exactly? Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Click on he source link. There's a map, along with a TON of information. Sent from the iMore App
  • The map has one dot for Colorado but doesn't say if that's Denver or where Sent from the iMore App
  • All their focus on their new network means nothing when LTE connectivity is limited and sporadic. You'll spend most of your time using Sprint's horrendously bad 3G. Best case scenario, their Unlimited plans will result in congested towers. Sent from the iMore App
  • I can promise you that those speeds do not exist in the Cleveland market. Sent from the iMore App
  • I get good LTE here in RI Sent from the iMore App
  • Why is it taking Sprint so long getting their LTE Network up and running correctly? I remember when Sprint had a jump on other Carriers but yet they are the 4th horse in a 4 horse race. My sister sticks with Sprint because like many she uses her phone for texting and calls. I need high speed data. My sister has 3G mostly on her iPhone while on Sprint. Pretty pathetic when you are in a suburb outside of Boston. Sent from the iMore App
  • They spent a crap ton of money on rolling out WIMAXX 4G knowing full well that the rest of the world was about to roll out the GSM based LTE.
  • I'll believe this from Sprint when I see it. They've been talking big on their network for a while. Where it works it's great. It's just doesn't do that in very many places. Hell, they just rebuilt two of the towers I can see from my office but I'm still sitting here on spotty 3G. This is just a rebrand of Spark, isn't it? And my iPhone 6 is compatible? I clicked on the link and I didn't see a list of the compatible devices.