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Sprint Says Chicago-Area Network Improved

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Dec 10, 2013, 12:02 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint today announced that it has completed a major upgrade of both its 3G and 4G networks in the metropolitan Chicago area. Sprint ripped out much of its legacy cell tower gear and replaced it with new equipment. The result, says Sprint, is stronger performance of its CDMA and LTE networks, including better voice calls and faster data. Sprint noted that it has worked hard to provide more coverage to sports arenas, major thoroughfares, shopping destinations, and business districts throughout the region. Last, Sprint said Sprint Spark, its next-generation LTE networking technology, is now widely available throughout the Chicago area. Spark soft-launched in limited fashion in late October. Sprint Spark relies on the company's three LTE bands and special network management technology to provide the fastest LTE speeds possible. In order to access Sprint Spark, customers need a tri-band LTE handset. To date, only the Samsung Galaxy Mega and S4 mini, and the LG G2 can access Spark.


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Dec 11, 2013, 8:03 AM

You can thank US Cellular for that...

You guys just got ALOT of spectrum from the US Cellular Purchase...but it wouldnt be a good business move to tell everyone that ;)
Most of their spectrum really came from Nextel (800Mhz) and Clearwire (2.5Ghz)... US Cellular helped fill the gaps on the spectrum they already had. (1900Mhz).

Dec 10, 2013, 3:55 PM

Only took how many years?

Chicago was one of the very first WiMAX and very first LTE cities announced, this was nearly half a decade ago...

So if Chicago is the ONLY city being announced to be fully completed with upgrades, this means Sprint is 10+ years behind on Network Vision, and it will not be completed by 2014-2015 as they claimed.

From my understanding as well, customers in Chicago are still having a plethora of issues with data speed, dropped calls, and diminished coverage in many areas.
you post is incorrect, other carriers just got LTE in those cities in last 2 years, sprint started a year ago and finishing
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