Sprint rolled out 41 new 4G LTE markets today, expanding its high-speed network to a total of 151 markets across the country. While the carrier continues to lag behind competitors Verizon and AT&T, it recently brought its LTE network to parts of NY, including Brooklyn and the Bronx, as part of its long-delayed promise to bring 4G LTE to 100 cities.
New markets added to Sprint’s 4G LTE network today include Portland, OR; Salinas and Oakland, CA; Philadelphia and Lebanon, PA; Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Ocala, Palm Coast, Jacksonville, Homosassa Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, and Daytona Beach, FL; Laredo, Nacogdoches, Brownsville and Harlingen, TX; Wausau, Baraboo and Beaver Dam, WI; Nashville, Jackson and Dyersburg, TN; Faribault and Northfield, MN; Wilson, Rocky Mount, Fayetteville and Greenville, NC; Springfield, Fitchburg and Leominster, MA; and Kokomo, IN.
Sprint has struggled to upgrade its cellular network to 4G LTE as quickly as competing networks, and was recently the target of a few harsh jibes from T-Mobile CEO Jon Legere as he touted his own company’s 4G network at an event earlier this month. Sprint was also recently purchased by Japanese telecom giant SoftBank in a $21.6 billion merger, which should give it the capital it needs to expand faster.