Sprint Corp. is revving up its wireless network speeds in Kansas City with the launch of its Spark service. A local economic development official said the higher data speed “is vitally important to attracting entrepreneurs, startups and new businesses to Kansas City.”
Spark launched in five markets last October and has expanded to six others, making Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint’s hometown market No. 12 to see the faster speeds. The local rollout also comes three weeks after RootMetrics, an independent network tester, reported that Sprint had the slowest wireless data network in the Kansas City area.
Consumers use data when they browse the Internet, watch videos, download apps and take advantage of other popular features of smartphones. The technology behind Spark’s faster speeds includes a vast amount of additional wireless spectrum that Sprint gained with its purchase last year of its longtime wireless network partner Clearwire Corp.