OVERLAND PARK, Kan.� Sprint announced its �LTE Plus� service has expanded to 191 markets, including New York City.�
The network aggregates Sprint�s spectrum holdings in the 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands to increase coverage and capacity. The company claims to provide peak network speeds in excess of 100 megabits per second, in addition to better reliability due to the use of the three spectrum bands, and hardware enhancements in the form of �smart� antenna technology designed to extend the cell signal for the coverage-challenged 2.5 GHz band.
End users must have a device compatible with the various bands in order to see the full network benefits; that selection has steadily grown to includeApple�s latest iPhone productsandSamsung�s latest Galaxy smartphones.�
Rcrwiresless.com�reports that in New York, Sprint has turned on a second 2.5 GHz channel at more than 900 cell sites across the city with a claimed doubling of network speed and capacity at those sites. Sprint also said it was contracted to complete all seven phases of 279 underground stations in the New York City subway project, with the carrier�s LTE deployment in that program set for completion in 2017.