We’re moving aggressively in Las Vegas and other markets to rapidly improve speed and performance
By Eamon O’Leary, Regional Vice President, Network
We’re excited about a lot of things at Sprint these days, but for those of us that work on the network, our 2.5GHz carrier aggregation deployment probably tops the list. The roll-out of two-channel carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming is well underway, and the technology is being used to rapidly improve speeds and performance on high-traffic sites in 80 markets. We’re working aggressively and we’re applying what we learn along the way.
Independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics® routinely tests our network, and during their test in August 2015 we were experiencing optimization issues related to our carrier aggregation deployment. This test was a snapshot in time, the issue was limited to Las Vegas, and it was quickly resolved. In fact, RootMetrics in the last few weeks conducted five days of extensive data network testing in Las Vegas and found
that Sprint’s median download speed increased from 9.2Mbps to 18.4Mbps. Earlier this week one of my team members in Vegas with a carrier aggregation capable phone captured download speeds at more than 70Mbps along the strip, more than 80Mbps near Warm Springs and Rainbow, and saw download speeds range between 45-65Mbps near McCarren Airport.1
We’re also seeing strong data performance in other metro markets such as San Francisco and Chicago where carrier aggregation is being deployed. And we’re also excited about the potential of our 2.5GHz spectrum treasure trove which is well suited to move large amounts of data at very high speed. As customer’s demand for mobile data continues to grow, so too will the capacity of our network. #MoveForward
1Your actual results may vary.
Network performance based on RootMetrics Las Vegas (August 2015) RootScore Report for mobile performance as tested on best available plans and devices on 4 mobile networks across all available network types and, RootMetrics blog post published on September 30, 2015. The RootMetrics study results are not an endorsement of Sprint. Your results may vary. See www.rootmetrics.com for details.