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Sprint's 3-Channel LTE Reaches 295Mbps

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Aug 12, 2016, 2:35 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sprint today said it has achieved peak download speeds of 295Mbps using three-channel carrier aggregation on the HTC 10 smartphone. Carrier aggregation pairs together multiple segments of spectrum to improve speed and capacity. The company has already deployed two-channel carrier aggregation in 237 markets around the country. It markets this service as LTE Plus, offering 100Mbps downloads to nearly two dozen devices. The company plans to offer 200Mbps service once it deploys three-channel carrier aggregation, though it declined to specify when that might be. The HTC 10 is one of several handsets that supports three-channel carrier aggregation, which binds together three spectrum bands. Sprint will enable three-channel carrier aggregation on supported devices (HTC 10, HTC 9, Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, LG G5) through a software update one the technology has launched.

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gloopey1

Aug 14, 2016, 8:38 PM

And the Winner Is...

The prize goes to all the trolls who love to naysay everything about a carrier or brand they dislike. On the other hand, those of us who use Sprint, either for work or personal, welcome this news because it means better things for us.

If you dislike Sprint or some other brand, here is a novel idea: don't purchase their products or services; it's that simple.
Oh, are your feelings hurt because many of us, a whole 15 MILLION of us have been generally screwed over by Sprint, its service, its horrible policies, and lackluster promises of something better? The fact that we bash the hell out of it on a daily ba...
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aeternavi

Aug 13, 2016, 7:05 AM

*also shrugs*

2 bands... why not 3 bands... why not 18 BANDS!!!!

Stacking coverage over existing coverage does nothing for Sprint's #1 reason why they will always be sub-par, and that's their overall coverage. No point offering ridiculous speeds if only less than 5% of the population can enjoy it.
Their thought was how T-Mobile was 15 years ago - Deploy the fastest speeds through the most populated urban areas, leave the slower networks in the rural areas and not expand coverage due to the high cost, even though they had national spectrum to do...
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cellphonesaretools

Aug 15, 2016, 7:19 AM

Grandstanding

All I can say is, since I dropped Sprint for AT&T six months ago, and spouse dropped Sprint for Verizon a year ago, we've never been happier with our cellular services. For us, Sprint was just plain lousy (southern California area), and it is a huge relief to be away from Sprint. As one poster pointed out, Sprint's main problem is its inferior coverage, and I will add, followed closely by it's long and well-known history of over-promising and under-delivering. This is likely more "grandstanding" by Sprint, grasping at straws to try to draw in unwary customers. Too bad the FCC can't just take all of Sprint's spectrum and divvy it up amongst the other carriers, at least all that spectrum would be put to good use by VZ/ATT/T-Mo, rather than th...
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thevorlon

Aug 14, 2016, 1:16 PM

Paul Marcarelli

Hello? What...No, I c....n't hea......ou ....n..w....
rwalford79

Aug 12, 2016, 2:53 PM

Meh *shrugs*

That's great and all, but lets be real here - unless you are standing next to a 2.5Ghz cell site, outdoors, on a 70F sunny day at Noon in a small town where no one has Sprint, you are likely to rarely ever see speeds like that, or even 1/10th that, or even 1/20th that. Basically Sprint can tout all they want this CA-3 and it won't really make any difference unless they did it all on their PCS spectrum where people can get service at least a little bit more than their high end spectrum covered areas.
 
 
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