Republic provides you with a phone and service to enjoy what is usually the fastest network available in the world today—WiFi. This “network” is only continuing to grow both here and abroad, which means great things for all of us. But it’s a top priority at Republic to give you even broader coverage to account for those times when you’re WiFi-high-and-dry. That’s why you’ve got cellular service on your phone (plus free data roaming) working seamlessly with your native access to WiFi. Today we’ll take a look at some major improvements to our cell network that are currently underway, and what you can expect in terms of improved coverage and quality.
Our cell network has seen incredible upgrades over the past two years through a major buildout known as Network Vision—resulting in both a strengthened 3G network plus the buildout of hundreds of 4G LTE markets nationwide. Here’s a look at the progress to date, and where the future is headed for the network that’s got all of our backs.
Nationwide Improvements to 3G Network
Across the country, our cell network’s been getting major upgrades over the past few years, including the enhancement of our 3G service, tower by tower, to give you better service than ever. This is super important for all of us, since the 3G plan is the most popular. When the 3G expansion is completed, you can expect stronger signals, fewer dropped calls and an overall better experience when using cell.
The goal of the 3G expansion is to ensure that you have service virtually wherever you need it. Our cell network’s spectrum advantage—with bands in both the 1900 MHz and 800 MHz ranges—allows for more opportunity to build network capacity and to bring stronger signal indoors with fewer dropped/blocked calls. It also means service you can count on, with a more reliable data connection with faster download speeds and quicker access to email, surfing, streaming and more.
To learn more about these cell network upgrade plans, check out this video.
4G Deployment—at Warp Speed
Getting up to speed on 4G nationwide is a huge priority for our cell network right now, and many of our members are experiencing it day after day. This is good news for those of you who like to have blazing fast speeds during those times you’re away from WiFi. In 2013 alone, the 4G LTE cell network we use grew from 50 markets to 340—and nothing about this build is slowing down. Here’s a complete list of all LTE cities launched to date.
You can expect to see an additional 25-50 markets launched by mid-2014, covering 250 million POPs (Points-Of-Presence) by that time. This means even greater access to the highest cell data speeds available today, giving you more flexibility to use your phones everywhere to stream video content, crank through email, play games and more…with options nearly as limitless as WiFi coverage!
The Bottom Line
At Republic, we’re psyched about what these major network improvements mean for the cellular aspect of our service. Today, you have access to the best of both worlds—lightning fast WiFi everywhere you can find it plus modern 3G and 4G LTE networks (depending on the plan they choose). We look forward to seeing the cell network evolve in the months and year ahead.
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