announced the expansion of its 4G WiMAX network to six new
major metropolitan areas today. Sprint customers in Los Angeles;
Miami; Washington, D.C.,; Cleveland; Cincinnati; and Columbus, Ohio,
can now all take advantage of the high-speed network.
the addition of the six new cities, Sprint's 4G network is now
available in 68 markets across the United States, with San Francisco
expected to join the fold on December 28.
have witnessed a great demand from our customers for 4G speeds, power
and capabilities in these cities already and today they officially
have it,” Matt Carter, president-Sprint 4G, said in a press
release. “We are proud to deliver on our commitment to serve our
customers and deliver 4G to more major metropolitan areas in 2010.”
has been preparing
for the major launches in L.A. and San Francisco for months.
The company originally planned to cover 63 markets by year's end, but
that number appears to have been expanded over the last month.
and Clearwire (which Sprint owns through majority-stock) are the only
two companies in the U.S. that have employed WiMAX as their 4G
wireless technology. While Clearwire has begun testing Long Term
Evolution (LTE), Sprint has
openly admitted that its spotty 4G coverage has cost it
customers. And Sprint has not ruled out employing LTE --
like Verizon, AT&T,
to -- in the future.