Sprint plans to add more than 540 jobs and 115 stores in the Chicago area along with its first LTE-Advanced upgrade in the nation. LTE Advanced has the potential of delivering 100 Mbps wireless download speeds.
The impact on the city of Chicago proper will be 300 new jobs by the end of 2015. Sprint will also install hundreds of new cellular sites in the city at an expected cost of $45 million by the end of 2016, Sprint said in a statement.
LTE Advanced has become more common around the globe in the past year and is being used in more than 30 countries, including the U.S., according to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association. In some countries, LTE Advanced offers wireless download data speeds of up to 300 Mbps — potentially 30 times faster than basic LTE, which has download speeds of 10Mbps to 20Mbps.