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Sprint adds 45 LTE markets, puts pressure on T-Mobile

The company now offers LTE service in 230 markets around the US, just off the pace of T-Mobile's 233 markets.


Sprint launched a major expansion of its 4G LTE coverage, the wireless carrier announced Tuesday.

Sprint rolled out it's high-speed service in 45 new markets, bringing its total coverage to 230 markets. Sprint's rollout included parts of Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, which finally brings its 4G LTE coverage to all five boroughs of New York. Other areas to see LTE access turned on include Abilene, Texas, Naples, Fla., and Red Bluff, Calif.

Sprint has been slow to expand its 4G LTE coverage as it works to overhaul its wireless network. With Tuesday's expansion, the carrier comes a long way in the ongoing race for LTE coverage around the US.

"Today's announcement means that we are continuing our nationwide network enhancements, tower by tower, to provide even more Sprint customers the speed and power of Sprint 4G LTE," said Bob Azzi, Sprint's senior vice president of network, in a statement.

Sprint is still slightly behind T-Mobile, however, which announced earlier this month that it's now covering 233 markets. Verizon, the country's leader in LTE availability, has over 500 markets. AT&T boasts that its network is the fastest and most reliable.

Here's a list of all of the new Sprint LTE markets.