Sprint LTE coming to 100 new cities

Sprint, which is playing catch-up in the LTE game, has just confirmed 100 new cities for its growing network.

Currently the carrier only has about 15 markets covered by what has quickly become the new standard in 4G connectivity. This new announcement means the service will be rapidly expanding in the next few months.

Major markets like New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles are among the regions that will be covered by the end of the year.

Sprint has already landed LTE product support, notably from HTC which has become a very strong partner for the carrier.

Sprint was the first to the 4G game when it launched its Wimax network a couple years ago. It was a huge improvement over the existing 3G infrastructures, but over time it became less relevant.

Sprint’s ‘4G’ network was rendered almost obsolete when Verizon stepped in as the first player in the LTE market. So although Verizon was the last one to launch a 4G campaign, because it waited it was able to leapfrog ahead everyone else and offer the fastest network available.

Now, the competitors are playing catch-up. AT&T is also working on rolling out an LTE network, and is slightly ahead of Sprint.

Sprint says it will have its LTE rollout finished throughout the US by the end of 2013.