March 17, 2014

Sprint Spark

Sprint Spark is a super-high-speed capability offering 50-60 Megabits per second (Mbps) peak speeds today with increasing speed potential over time.

“Sprint Spark is all about performance. When we bring Sprint Spark into a market, it is like trading up to the fastest sports car on the showroom floor. I am excited to see where we will take this technology in 2014 because I know we are bringing our customers an unprecedented network experience.” 
Stephen Bye, chief technology officer for Sprint.

Sprint Spark is a super-high-speed capability offering 50-60 Megabits per second (Mbps) peak speeds today with increasing speed potential over time.  Given Sprint’s spectrum and technology assets, it is technically feasible to deliver more than 2 Gigabits per second (Gbps) per sector of over-the-air speed. 

Sprint demonstrated 1 Gigabit per second over-the-air speed on Oct. 30 at a Sprint lab near Silicon Valley, Calif.

  • Sprint plans to deploy Sprint Spark in about 100 of America’s largest cities during the next three years, with initial availability in five markets.
  • Sprint 4G LTE service will be available by mid-2014 to approximately 250 million Americans, and Sprint expects 100 million Americans will have Sprint Spark or 2.5GHz coverage by the end of 2014.
Initial Markets
Sprint Spark is now available in the following 18 markets:
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Houston
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Kansas City
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Provo, Utah
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Trenton, N.J.
How it will be used
  • Sprint Spark provides the capacity to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications while opening the way for futuristic applications. Today, wireless networks and smartphones can book flights, locate children, store photos and music, video chat and much more. Sprint Spark supports a new generation of online gaming, virtual reality, advanced cloud services and other applications requiring very high bandwidth.
Igniting the Future – Sprint Spark

Click here to download a copy of the infographic in .pdf format.
How Sprint Spark Works

Sprint Spark combines 4G FDD1-LTE at 800 Megahertz (MHz) and 1.9 Gigahertz (GHz) and TDD1-LTE at 2.5GHz spectrum, TDD-LTE technology (2.5GHz), and carrier aggregation in the 2.5GHz band. These spectrum assets, technology and architecture are designed to deliver a seamless customer experience via tri-band wireless devices. Tri-band devices, named for their ability to accommodate multiple spectrum bands, support active hand-off mode between 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz, providing data session continuity as the device moves between spectrum bands. 

More information:

Press release - Sprint Spark and HD Voice Now Available in Salt Lake City and Jacksonville, Fla. 

Press release - Sprint Adds Six Markets to Initial Sprint Spark Launch; Mobile Peak Speeds Up to 60 Mbps Now Available in 11 Markets

Press release - Sprint Demonstrates 1 Gigabit Over-the-Air Speed at Silicon Valley Lab

Sprint.com/faster - Videos and other useful information on how Sprint Spark brings to life a new wave of applications and innovations. 

Media Contact: Kelly Schlageter, kelly.a.schlageter@sprint.com
  1.  Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) and Time Division Duplexing (TDD)
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* This news release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws. The statements in this news release regarding network performance, speeds, coverage and capabilities, business and network efficiencies, timing of deployment, and products and services, as well as other statements that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. The words “estimate,” “project,” “forecast,” intend,” “expect,” “should,” “believe,” “target,” “plan” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are estimates and projections reflecting management’s judgment based on currently available information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. With respect to these forward-looking statements, management has made assumptions regarding, among other things, feasibility of development and deployment of new technologies; efficiencies and cost savings of technologies; customer and network usage; service, coverage and quality; availability of devices; the timing of various events and the economic environment. Sprint believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. Sprint is not obligated to publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements to reflect events after the date of this release. Sprint provides a detailed discussion of risk factors in periodic SEC filings, including in its annual reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, respectively. 

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