This year Sprint
(NYSE: S) set the stage for a dynamic 2014 with significant network
improvements on behalf of its business customers and consumers. The
company's achievements were punctuated by the launch of Sprint Spark™, a
network capability that uses three spectrum frequencies to deliver peak
4G LTE wireless data speeds of 50-60Mbps. Sprint Spark is also expected
to deliver significantly improved call quality and clarity as it rolls
out HD Voice.
Sprint's 2013 progress is further highlighted by today's announcement of
the introduction of LTE in 70 new markets, which includes Green Bay,
Wis; Orlando, Fla; San Diego; and St. Louis, bringing the total number
of LTE markets to 300.
These advances are made possible because of the continued rollout of
Sprint's Network Vision program in 2013, which includes a complete
upgrade of the 3G network and deployment of 4G LTE. As part of that
program, Sprint is redeploying its 800MHz spectrum for LTE and 3G with
the goal of delivering improved in-building coverage for voice and data.
"In 2013, we made major improvements across our 3G and 4G LTE network,"
said Bob Azzi, chief network officer. "In the growing number of markets
where the upgrades are nearly complete, our customers are noticing.
Re-engineering our entire network has been a big undertaking, but now
it's delivering tangible benefits to our customers. With the
announcement of Sprint Spark, the increasing availability of 4G LTE and
the improvements we have made to our voice network, we're full speed
ahead for 2014."
These network improvements are designed to serve the immediate and
future needs of customers who, using Sprint's market-leading unlimited
data, text and calling plans, are constantly embracing new ways to
communicate. With the future in mind, Sprint completed a number of
corporate and technical milestones during 2013, including:
Sprint 4G LTE is now available in 300 markets, including today's
Sprint (NYSE:S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 54 million
customers at the end of the third quarter of 2013 and is widely
recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative
technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national
carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data
services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost
Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international
push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The
American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved
company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the
last five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
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