Telecom Operators

Sprint tops download speed in 15 US cities, data shows

Sprint customers in the United States are experiencing a better network experience than ever, the company said, with national average download speeds up 28 percent in seven months, according to Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data.

The data also shows that Sprint, the fourth ranked telecom operator in the United States, now ranks number one for the fastest average download speed in 15 cities including Atlanta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Seattle, Washington.

The new data comes on the heels of another recent independent report stating that in the past six months Sprint’s 4G LTE availability had improved to nearly rival AT&T, and Sprint’s average speeds had also improved.

Separately, the report also stated that Verizon and AT&T’s average speeds slowed due to their introduction of unlimited data plans. However, Verizon and AT&T results are indicative of each carriers’ average download speed change only and do not reflect a comparison of speeds to other carriers.

“We’ve been offering unlimited data for nearly 10 years and we have a long history managing customer demand which is why our speeds are improving while others have slowed,” said Dr. John Saw, Sprint’s CTO. “Sprint also has far more spectrum capacity than any other US carrier and our data performance and speeds continue to improve as we deploy more of our 2.5 GHz spectrum.”

Sprint’s newest innovation, Sprint Magic Box, is improving data speeds for thousands of its customers areas such as Kansas City, North Boone School District, and some residents at the Denver Housing Authority where Sprint Magic Box increased download speeds by more than 300 percent in that location.

“The extension of our toolbox with new small cell solutions such as Sprint Magic Box, airpoles, strand mounts and other tools, are making a real difference for customers in cities across the country,” said Günther Ottendorfer, Chief Operating Officer, Technology, at Sprint. “These low-cost, easy-to-deploy solutions are a great way to quickly improve data service and add more capacity in an unlimited network where it’s needed.”

Sprint also continues to expand its portfolio of High Performance User Equipment (HPUE) capable devices. Many of the most feature-rich smartphones are HPUE-enabled including Galaxy S8, LG G6 and HTC U11. HPUE can extend Sprint’s existing 2.5GHz coverage by up to 30 percent bringing faster data speeds to customers in more locations, including indoors.

Looking ahead, Sprint says it’s preparing for four-channel carrier aggregation, higher order and Massive MIMO, 256 QAM, and Gigabit Class LTE. These technologies are designed to add more capacity to the network and make more efficient use of Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum resulting in an improved network experience for all its customers.