Wireless Wednesday–Sprint’s Spark Network

January 22, 2014 — by WEBOOST


Happy Wireless Wednesday! Today we’re talking about Sprint and their new Spark Network. What is the Spark Network you ask? Well according directly to the folks at Sprint, Sprint Spark is a super-high-speed capability offering 50-60 Megabits per second (Mbps) peak speeds today with increasing speed potential over time.

“Sprint Spark is all about performance. When we bring Sprint Spark into a market, it is like trading up to the fastest sports car on the showroom floor. I am excited to see where we will take this technology in 2014 because I know we are bringing our customers an unprecedented network experience.”–Stephen Bye, chief technology officer for Sprint.

With the recent roll out of Sprint’s new Spark network some of our customers have questioned us about compatibility with our new line of 4G boosters. Our 4G boosters cover voice, 3G, and 4G LTE for all the major carriers. So, let’s take a closer look at Sprint Spark and find out what’s going on.

Sprint Spark is considered 4G LTE, but like mentioned above, it should reach speeds of up to 50-60 Megabits per second. This network will implement a combination of these bands: 800 MHz (the old iDEN frequencies), 1900 MHz, 2500 MHz (the old Wi-Max frequencies).

Our new 4G line of products will cover 700, 850, 1900, 1700/2100 MHz. This means that our new boosters will cover the 1900 MHz, but not the lower end of the 800 MHz band, and no coverage for the 2500 MHz. Although our new 4G boosters will not cover the Sprint Spark network, they will still support the voice and 3G for Sprint’s network.

Sprint Spark has already rolled out in the following cities:

  • Austin, Texas
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Tampa, Fla.

They plan to cover 100 of the largest cities in the U.S. within the next three years.

What do you think about Sprint Spark? Are you excited for it to roll out, or is it already in your city? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Facebook/Twitter. To read more about Sprint Spark, click here.



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    Comments (3)

    Dan on January 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm said:

    I live in San Antonio Texas and I am experiencing no difference in data performance. From my perspective I think its all hype and a Marketing strategy. I am a long time Sprint user and own a Galaxy S4 phone. I still have a slow data connection while accessing the internet at various locations around the city and a very slow data connection surrounding my home and I live less than 5 miles from the Airport well inside the foot print of Sprints coverage. I even got on the roof of my house and experienced no change in data usage.

      Jeremy on October 17, 2014 at 12:35 am said:

      Maybe you have had no improvement because the galaxy s4 isn’t compatible with the Spark network.

    Bob on February 22, 2016 at 6:54 am said:

    I love your products and have bought two 4G boosters in the past two years. My area uses Spark now and I really wish you guys could make a booster for it. Thanks!