Sprint now has 300 cities and towns in its LTE footprint, but it still has some big holes to fill, like San Francisco.
AT&T was targeting 78 markets for its expanded LTE network this summer, but it’s already completed the upgrade in 68. That puts it well ahead of schedule.
The south gets special attention in this round as New Orleans, Miami and Tampa all join Sprint’s LTE footprint. This expansion is the first phase of a big 120-city rollout this summer.
AT&T is done with its major-metro phase of its LTE rollout. From here on out it will be building its new network in increasingly smaller cities and towns to hit its 250 million-person year-end coverage goal.
Sprint is launching its new LTE network footprint from the outside in. Rather than start with the big cities and then move to smaller markets, Sprint is starting in small cities and suburbs and building up to the big metro launches.