OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- Can you hear that? Sprint (NYSE:S) customers are having a better network experience than ever with national average download speeds up 28 percent in seven months, according to Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data. Ookla data also shows Sprint now ranks #1 for the fastest average download speed in 15 cities such as Atlanta, Denver, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle [note 1].

The new data comes on the heels of another recent independent report stating that in the past six months Sprint’s 4G LTE availability had improved to nearly rival AT&T, and Sprint’s average speeds had also improved. Separately, the report also stated that Verizon and AT&T's average speeds slowed due to their introduction of unlimited data plans [note 2].

"We've been offering unlimited data for nearly 10 years and we have a long history managing customer demand which is why our speeds are improving while others have slowed," Dr. John Saw, Sprint CTO. "Sprint also has far more spectrum capacity than any other U.S. carrier and our data performance and speeds continue to improve as we deploy more of our 2.5 GHz spectrum."

Improving LTE Availability and Speed

Sprint continues to expand its toolbox of solutions for adding network coverage and capacity to provide customers with a great unlimited data experience. Sprint’s newest innovation, Sprint Magic Box, is improving data speeds for thousands of its customers such as the City of Kansas City, North Boone School District, and some residents at the Denver Housing Authority where Sprint Magic Box increased download speeds by more than 300 percent in that location.

"The extension of our toolbox with new small cell solutions such as Sprint Magic Box, airpoles, strand mounts and other tools, are making a real difference for customers in cities across the country," said Günther Ottendorfer, Chief Operating Officer, Technology, at Sprint. "These low-cost, easy-to-deploy solutions are a great way to quickly improve data service and add more capacity in an unlimited network where it’s needed."

Sprint also continues to expand its portfolio of High Performance User Equipment (HPUE) capable devices. Many of the hottest and most feature-rich smartphones are HPUE-enabled including Galaxy S8, LG G6 and HTC U11. HPUE can extend Sprint’s existing 2.5GHz coverage by up to 30 percent bringing faster data speeds to customers in more locations, including indoors.

Looking ahead, Sprint is preparing for four-channel carrier aggregation, higher order and Massive MIMO, 256 QAM, and Gigabit Class LTE. These technologies are designed to add more capacity to the network and make more efficient use of Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum resulting in an improved network ex

perience for all Sprint customers.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE:S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 53.7 million connections as of June 30, 2017 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years.

Note 1: National average download speed increase is Sprint’s analysis of Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data from December 2016 to July 2017 for all mobile results. Fastest download speeds in 15 cities is Sprint’s analysis of Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data from May 2017 - July 2017 for all mobile results.

Note 2: Verizon and AT&T results are indicative of each carriers’ average download speed change only and do not reflect a comparison of speeds to other carriers.