Wireless carrier Sprint announced Monday that the 4G LTE network build is under way in more than 100 additional cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint. The list includes nearly a dozen Puerto Rico municipalities, according to a company statement.
As a result, the next-generation wireless service will become available in coming months in Aguadilla, Isabela, San Sebastián, Coamo, Guayama, Mayagüez, Ponce, San Germán, Cabo Rojo, Yauco and San Juan.
“We’re committed to delivering a cutting-edge network as quickly as possible, one that provides a greater level of reliability and speed to our 3G and 4G customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint.
“We know our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We want to deliver a network that delivers mobile access, productivity and entertainment at a highly competitive price point,” he said in the statement.
The local list of towns joins major U.S. cities where 4G LTE will also be availab,e namely Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.
During the pre-launch phase, customers with 4G LTE- ready devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in those areas and will be able to use the network before it officially launches.
Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, at which it “expects coverage, performance and reliability to get even better.”
Eventually, the markets will fill in until coverage largely matches the existing nationwide 3G footprint. By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have completed the nationwide build out of the all-new 3G and 4G network, the company said.
Currently, Sprint offers the new 4G LTE service in 19 metropolitan areas: Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Newnan, Ga.; Rome, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Gainesville, Ga.; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Kansas City, Mo./Kansas City, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; Waco, Texas; and St. Joseph, Mo.
As part of its overall network strategy, Sprint is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. Such improvements are also underway locally, as this media outlet reported last year.