With Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) rumored to be preparing to launch an LTE-enabled iPhone this week, Sprint (NYSE:S) has announced plans to expand its 4G network to 100 new cities. The carrier said work on building the network was currently underway and the launch would occur in “the coming months,” but did not offer a specific timeframe. However, customers with 4G LTE devices in the new areas are likely to start seeing new network coverage before the official launch.
“We are 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,” Bob Azzi, the network senior vice president at Sprint, said in a statement. “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.”
Some key cities that will be part of the expansion include Boston, Mass.; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans, La.; New York, N.Y.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Washington, D.C.
Last week rival carrier AT&T (NYSE:T) had announced the expansion of its 4G LTE coverage to 9 new markets, with 44 more coming before the end of the year.
Apple is widely expected to introduce the next-generation iPhone at an event on Wednesday and it is rumored that the device will be compatible with the faster 4G LTE networks around the U.S., Europe, and Asia.