News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday July 24, 2013.
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Sprint's 4G LTE network has mostly launched in smaller markets, but the carrier today announced plans to deliver 4G to two parts of the most densely populated city in the United States. Sprint says that its 4G LTE network will officially launch in Brooklyn and the Bronx beginning July 30. The carrier will also enhance its 3G network in the boroughs to improve call quality and reliability for devices that are not connected to LTE. As for the rest of New York City, Sprint customers will still have to wait an unknown number of months until they are able to find 4G connectivity. Testing is already underway throughout New York City, so there are very small pockets with LTE enabled. service will officially launch in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island "in the coming months."
Why the hold up? Well, CNET has a lengthy and very good article detailing the many missteps, challenges, and changing industry occurrences that have made Sprint find itself last among the major carriers in its 4G roll-out plans. The company still plans to reach millions more thanks to tri-band 4G LTE, but Sprints rollout is not as far along as it originally anticipatd.
Sprint also says that it plans to improve its reach by deploying service in the New York City subway through a partnership with Transit Wireless. Sprint, Boost, and Virgin customers will be able to use their phones at 36 subway stations in Manhattan early next year, and the service will extend to all 277 stations in NYC that have Transit Wireless later in 2014.source: Sprint
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