Sprint on Tuesday unveiled a batch of 45 new markets now covered by its LTE network. As has become Sprint’s custom, it focused on smaller cities and towns while leaving major metropolitan cities like San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., untouched. But Sprint did expand its mobile broadband coverage in New York City beyond Brooklyn and the Bronx, turning on LTE signals in parts of the Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.
Sprint only started its LTE rollout last summer so it was already playing catch-up with AT&T and Verizon Wireless, but it’s also been surpassed by T-Mobile. That carrier only launched its first LTE markets in March, but earlier this month it announced the completion of its nationwide rollout with 200 million people in 223 cities covered.
To be fair, T-Mobile’s completed network will have far less coverage than the other carriers as it focuses primarily on urban centers (Verizon wrapped up its first 4G rollout when it covered 298 million people in 500 cities and towns). Sprint is already in 230 markets, and it still has a lot more work planned.