Sprint on Friday rolled out LTE Plus service in New York City, adding the major metropolitan area to 190 other markets across the country with the service.
According to Sprint, LTE Plus utilizes the carrier’s tri-band spectrum to increase the speed and capacity of its network. Combined with two-channel carrier aggregation, Sprint said the service creates a wider lane for network traffic that allows faster speeds. The service was previously available in markets including Boston, Chicago, Houston and Las Vegas.
“Our 2.5GHz spectrum excels at moving high volumes of data at very fast speeds, and our deep 2.5GHz holdings give us more capacity than any other carrier in the U.S.,” Sprint CTO John Saw said in a statement. “This is a tremendous advantage, allowing us to keep adding the capacity and speed needed to serve New Yorker’s demand for data now and well into the future.”
Sprint said it has added more than 900 2.5 GHz cell cites in the New York Metropolitan Area since the start of the year, and also added or upgraded service at popular sites like Rockefeller Center, the 9/11 Memorial, JFK International Airport, the Jacob Javits Center and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
The carrier said its new LTE Plus service has nearly doubled the network capacity and speed available to its customers in the five boroughs. In some places, Sprint said, peak speeds can exceed 100 mbps on capable devices.
But LTE Plus isn’t Sprint only undertaking in New York City.
The carrier said it is contracted to deploy 4G LTE service to 279 underground stations on New York’s subway system. That service will be available to customers next year, Sprint said.