Sprint LTE Plus Most Improved Network in 2017 - Nationwide Data Speeds Up 33% Year-on-Year

December 21, 2017

Sprint’s extended network toolbox is improving the experience for customers across the country. Based on Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence data, Sprint is the most improved network with national average download speeds up 33 percent year-over-year.1 And in more than 25 of 99 top markets, the company’s average download speeds increased anywhere from 40 percent to more than 100 percent, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Houston.2

When it comes to speed, Sprint is the most improved network to date in 2017, with plans to keep improving using our LTE Plus Densification and Optimization toolbox to deploy more 2.5 GHz spectrum. Tools in the toolbox include: multiple carrier aggregation, beamforming, HPUE, small cell solutions (i.e. Sprint Magic Box), airpoles, and strand mounts. As a result, Sprint is able to quickly deploy targeted, capital efficient capacity in our network to improve service and meet growing data demand.

What’s next? We’ll soon add Massive MIMO to the Sprint toolbox with field testing underway and deployment slated for the first half of next year. As demonstrated in Seattle, Massive MIMO will bring even more capacity and performance to the Sprint network – up to 10 times that of current LTE networks. The best part? In high-band TDD-LTE networks that can be done by simply exchanging antennas on cell sites.

We cannot wait to see what’s in store for the network in 2018!

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1 Average download speed increase based on Ookla’s analysis of Speedtest Intelligence data comparing Sept. 2016 to Sept. 2017 for all mobile results.
2 Average download speed increase based on Sprint’s analysis of Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data comparing Sept. 2016 to Sept. 2017 for all mobile results.