Sprint’s network improvement continues
Network performance is the key factor that affects a telecom company’s customer retention. Sprint’s (S) network continues to improve and is performing at peak levels despite its capex reductions.
Sprint’s strong postpaid phone net additions and its record-low churn rate in fiscal 2Q16 indicates that it’s becoming more competitive with its larger peers. Sprint improves its network speeds via carrier aggregation and a denser deployment of the 2.5 GHz spectrum.
According to Colin Gibbs’s October 25, 2016, report in FierceWireless, “Sprint said its LTE Plus Network has expanded to 250 markets and the operator has begun to roll out three-channel carrier aggregation in markets including Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Cleveland and Columbus in a move it said would enable peak download speeds of more than 200 Mbps on capable devices.”
Sprint’s network reliability has improved
Nielsen’s drive test data in the top 106 metro markets in the US showed that Sprint’s network reliability has improved significantly in recent years. Sprint’s network reliability is within less than 1% of AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), whereas Sprint’s reliability beats T-Mobile (TMUS). Also, Nielsen Mobile Performance data revealed that Sprint’s LTE Plus Network beat Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile in LTE download speeds.
In its Fastest Mobile Networks report, PC Magazine indicated that Sprint offered faster average download speeds versus AT&T and T-Mobile. Additionally, Sprint exceeded Verizon in terms of reliability.
Continue to the next part for a look at the latest RootMetrics network performance results.