Sprint rumored to add more cities for 4G LTE coverage

Internal documents suggest that the mobile network may be further along than suspected in bringing 4G LTE to cities across the U.S.

Although Sprint has been playing catch up with its competitors in securing 4G LTE markets, internal documents imply that the mobile network may be further along in its quest than previously thought.

According to the technology news site TechnoBuffalo, which received the documents, it seems that Sprint's Network Vision campaign has been in progress in Akron, Ohio; Chicago; Fort Worth, Texas; Nashville; New York; Rialto, Calif.; and Stockton, Calif., since last year. This means that these markets could possibly be next on the list to get 4G LTE activation.

In January, Sprint announced its plans to launch its 4G LTE service in 10 markets by midsummer, including major cities like Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and Atlanta. TechnoBuffalo reports that the mobile network also recently said that it "plans to have most of its 3G markets blanketed with 4G LTE in 2014."

Verizon Wireless and AT&T are both well under way with their own LTE deployments. Verizon announced last month that it planned to have "at least 400 markets" equipped with 4G LTE by the end of the year (it currently has about 200 sites around the U.S.) and AT&T already covers all five New York boroughs and a total of 32 markets with 4G LTE.

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Dara Kerr is a staff writer for CNET focused on the sharing economy and tech culture. She grew up in Colorado where she developed an affinity for collecting fool's gold and spirit animals.

 

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