Sprint activates EV-DO Rev A in 10 more markets

Dec 12 2006 - 03:28 PM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel

Sprint has upgraded its data network to EV-DO Revision A in 10 more markets around the country. Rev A adds significantly faster upload speeds compared to the older Rev 0 technology. The latest batch of upgrades includes many of the countries biggest markets: New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Detroit, Denver, Baltimore, Providence and New Jersey.

Sprint claims that their Rev A network now covers over 60 million people which exceeds their original year-end goal of 40 million. The upgrades started in October with San Diego.

The speed increase in uploading with EV-DO Rev A are dramatic:

Revision 0Revision A
Max download2Mbps3.1Mpbs
Avg download400-700kbps450-800kbps
Max upload144kbps1.8Mbps
Avg upload70-144kbbs300-400kbbs

Sprint also announced some new Rev A capable hardware today, the USB equipped Novatel Wireless Ovation U720.