Sprint Says Carrier Aggregation to Boost Spark Past 120Mbps
Sprint's chief network officer, John Saw, said the company plans to deploy carrier aggregation across portions of its Spark network late this year that should improve theoretical maximum download speeds to 120Mbps. Sprint will add a third channel to this planned two-channel configuration by the end of 2015 that it says will boost theoretical download speeds to 180Mbps. Sprint Spark is the company's tri-band LTE network that offers faster speeds than the rest of Sprint's LTE network. The company has launched Spark in 18 markets so far, and plans to cover 100 million POPs with Spark by the end of the year. Saw didn't say which markets might be first to see the speed bump. Sprint Spark currently offers max download speeds of about 50Mbps, with real-world speeds averaging between 12 and 15Mbps.
2.5 GHz is irrelevant to the majority of POPs...
These THEORETICAL 120 Mbps speeds mean absolutely nothing for 100% of Sprint's LTE handsets already sold. They still haven't said anything about adding a 2nd 1900mhz carrier (not for aggregation, but for capacity), the 2.5 GHz carriers won't do much good for people in suburban or rural areas, because of the distance limitations and fragilty of the 2.5 GHz spectrum.
They should be more focused on rolling out their SMR 850 LTE carrier that they poached from Nextel, as well as rolling out a 2nd PCS LTE carrier. If their 850 LTE doesn't work as ...
Verizon, T-Mobile, and some AT&T customers already have REAL-WORLD 100 Mbps speeds in areas where they've deployed 20x20 AWS. This is on top of their 700 spectrum and soon-to-be 850 and 1900 LTE.
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