Sprint demonstrated 1 gigabit per second over-the-air speed at its lab near Silicon Valley, Calif. during a showcase of network technology that could ultimately yield the industry’s fastest wireless network speeds.
Named Sprint Spark, the super high-speed capability can deliver 50-60 Megabits per second peak speeds today. But given Sprint’s spectrum and technology assets, the company believes it is technically feasible over time to deliver more than 2 Gigabits per second per sector of over-the-air speed.
“We named this capability Sprint Spark for one simple reason: It’s the spark to bring to life the next generation of wireless,” said Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint. “We are leveraging our assets toward our goal to deliver the best customer experience in wireless. As both consumers and businesses discover its power, we believe Sprint Spark will ignite the demand for high-performance applications and create an incentive for app developers to fast track their innovations.”
The high-speed capability is expected to be achieved by combining Sprint’s 800 Megahertz (MHz), 1.9M Gigahertz (GHz) and 2.5GHz spectrum; TDD-LTE technology (2.5GHz only); and carrier aggregation in the 2.5GHz band; along with unique spectrum capacity.
Sprint plans to deploy Sprint Spark in about 100 of America’s largest cities over the next three years, with initial availability in five markets today. By the end of 2014, Sprint expects 100 million Americans will have tri-band or Sprint Spark coverage.
Sprint Spark could greatly improve the performance of bandwidth-intensive applications such as video, online gaming, virtual reality and advanced cloud services.