Sprint Ups The Ante, Adding More Cities To Its 4G LTE List
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online
Sprint announced on Friday that it will be expanding its 4G LTE service to an additional 20 cities in the coming months.
The wireless carrier announced that it will be expanding its 4G LTE coverage to cities in eight states, including California, Tennessee, and Florida.
“We´re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible, and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience the new network´s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We´re delivering all of that functionality at a very competitive price.”
Currently, Sprint is offering 4G LTE service in 24 metropolitan cities, and it announced last month that it would be spreading its coverage to more than 100 cities eventually.
San Francisco is one of the cities included in today’s announcement of cities that will be receiving the service in the coming months.
“During the pre-launch phase, Sprint customers with capable devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches,” Sprint said.
“Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, followed by continued enhancements in coverage, performance and reliability. Ultimately, Sprint´s 4G LTE coverage is expected to largely match the existing nationwide 3G footprint.”
Sprint’s coverage expansion is just playing catch-up to Verizon, which announced this week it would be surpassing 400 cities with 4G coverage.
Also in this week’s news was a report by Japan´s Nikkei newspaper that said that one of the country’s largest mobile-phone companies is looking to buy control of Sprint.
Softbank is reportedly looking to take a 75 percent stake in Sprint, which would give the Japanese carrier control over the U.S. company.
Sprint is trying to keep up with big players like Verizon and AT&T, and an investment by Softbank, as well as its 4G LTE development are steps that could try and help it be a tougher competitor.