Sprint is making Chicago its chosen city to showcase its network, investments and civic commitment, as the carrier says that it will deploy LTE-Advanced in Chicago first, as well as add 115 stores and over 540 jobs before the end of the year and commit $250,000 to further the city's digital ambitions.
Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) announced its commitment to the Windy City on Monday in a press conference with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
On the network front, the initiative -- Sprint for Chicago -- will see the carrier building out hundreds of new Spark cell sites, as part of an expected investment of $45 million in its network infrastructure between now and the end of 2016. Chicago will also be the first city where Sprint deploys carrier aggregation between its LTE TDD spectrum in the 2.5GHz band with its LTE FDD spectrum in 1.9GHz, as well as deploys Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) antennas and 8T8R, or eight transmitters, eight receivers radio technology. (See Sprint Plans to Meld TDD, FDD LTE Spectrum and Sprint Promises 180Mbit/s 'Peaks' in 2015.)