Leap Continues Leap into 4G LTE Territory

The carrier may be smaller than the titans of cell towers that line the nation, but Leap is making huge progress in its expansion into 4G LTE territory.

On Thursday, Leap Wireless International announced the launch of 4G LTE service in its Cricket Las Vegas market.

And what happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas. Leap’s ambitions are taking the carrier to new heights as 2013 rapidly approaches. Leap, in fact, expects to offer 4G LTE service for smartphones across at least two-thirds of its network footprint over the next two to three years.

This introduction marks the second Cricket market launch in the Company’s planned, multi-year introduction of 4G LTE technology for smartphones to its customers. The Company initially launched its LTE service in its Tucson, Ariz. market in December, 2011.

“The introduction of Cricket 4G LTE in Las Vegas is another milestone in our transition to LTE as we continue to offer our customers high-quality products and services with the latest technology and the value they’ve come to expect,” says Doug Hutcheson, president and CEO of Leap. “We expect to launch LTE service in additional Cricket markets in 2012 and cover approximately 21 million covered POPs by the end of the year. In addition, we expect to introduce several high-quality LTE smartphones before the end of the year that will be attractive to our value conscious customers.”