OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — New quarterly data from Ookla® is here, and I’m excited to share Speedtest Intelligence® results showing continued improvement in our network performance. Sprint had its best-ever showing with the fastest average download speed in 123 cities.1 And we continue to be the most improved carrier in the country, with national average download speeds up a significant 31.5% year-over-year.2

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Customers are getting great download speeds across the country from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Providence, Rhode Island. And in many cities the average download speeds are even more impressive – Beverly Hills, CA at 43.51 Mbps; Boulder, CO at 57.51 Mbps; Coeur d’Alene, ID at 44.69 Mbps; Jackson, NJ at 59.04 Mbps; and Reston, VA at 47.2 Mbps to name a few. 1

These results are being driven by our Next-Gen Network strategy and our largest network investment in years.  Some key aspects of our network build contributing to our improved performance include:

  • Triband Upgrades – As we upgrade more macro sites to use all three of our spectrum bands (800 MHz, 1.9 GHz, and 2.5 GHz) customers get our best network experience.
  • Small Cells – We’re rolling out more of our 2.5 GHz spectrum for faster data speeds than before by adding more indoor and outdoor small cells to our network. We have a fantastic variety of flexible small cell solutions from Sprint Magic Box to mini macros to strand mounts that are making an impact in customers’ homes, businesses and communities.
  • LTE Advanced Technology – More and more Sprint customers with capable devices are benefiting from faster data speeds than before as we utilize some of the most advanced technologies in wireless – High Performance User Equipment (HPUE), 256 QAM, 4X4 MIMO, multiple carrier aggregation and more. We’ve also begun to deploy Massive MIMO technology, which is adding significant capacity to our 4G network and is a key bridge to Sprint 5G service launching in the first half of 2019.

Our Next-Gen Network build is unlocking our deep 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings, and we’re excited to provide millions of customers across the country with an even better experience than before on a network that’s built for unlimited. The investment we’re making is delivering better coverage, reliability and speed, and it’s building a strong LTE Advanced foundation for our launch of mobile 5G next year.

1 Analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data average download speeds from 7/1/18 to 9/30/18 for all mobile results.
2 Analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data comparing average download speeds from September 2017 to September 2018 for all mobile results. 


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