Sprint on Wednesday activated a new, faster 4G network under the “LTE Plus” moniker, in some cases doubling peak connection speeds to 100 megabits per second or faster.
The network is presently available in 77 U.S. markets, such as New York City, San Francisco, Miami, and Austin. It’s based on the LTE Advanced standard and more specifically exploits technologies like beamforming and carrier aggregation, i.e. joining multiple channels.
Beyond raw speed, Sprint is also promising double the network capacity, and further signal range on the 2.5 gigahertz band. Two other bands — 800-megahertz and 1.9 gigahertz — are potentially slower, but serve as backups for better coverage. The 800 band is said to be intended for indoor reception.
We pay Comcast a tidy sum each month for 100Mbps intern, delivered via coax. Sprint is promising to match that speed, at least at peak delivery, wirelessly to 13 different smartphones including the iPhone 6S lineup.
Maybe it was a mistake to re-up with AT&T when we bought our new phones in September…
Anyway, no matter who your carrier is, speeds which would have been blazing fast on ethernet just a few years ago are coming to your mobile devices.
That’s not quite as cool as trading in my SUV for a flying car, but I’ll take it.