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Over the coming weeks the service will extend to more than 2,000 square miles and 11 million people, giving Sprint the largest initial 5G coverage footprint in the US.
Sprint has switched on 5G mobile service in areas across four cities in the US: Kansas City, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.
In Kansas, the wireless service covers approximately 225 square miles and 625,000 people from the downtown area to Overland Park.
According to Sprint, 5G will power new experiences for wireless customers in Kansas City, from gaming and entertainment services, to Internet of Things (IoT) and business applications.
The service is also expected to launch in areas of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington DC in the coming weeks.
“The speed and connectivity offered through 5G will help our city implement the latest technologies and remain on the cutting edge of innovation”
Sprint mobile 5G will cover approximately 2,180 square miles and 11.5 million people in total across all nine market areas, which the operator claims will be the largest initial 5G coverage footprint in the US.
“As the most connected smart city in the country, Kansas City is pleased to be one of the nation’s first 5G cities,” said Sly James, mayor. “The speed and connectivity offered through 5G will help our city implement the latest technologies and remain on the cutting edge of innovation.”
At the foundation of Sprint 5G is Massive Mimo that reportedly dramatically improves network capacity. In Kansas City, Sprint is using 64T64R (64 transmitters 64 receivers) 5G Massive Mimo radios from Ericsson.
These radios support split-mode, enabling Sprint to simultaneously deliver LTE Advanced and 5G NR service. Sprint’s 5G radios run on its 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum, and are deployed on Sprint’s existing 4G cell sites, providing a nearly identical footprint for both 2.5 GHz LTE and 5G NR coverage.
“I’ve been serving the Jackson County area for more than 30 years, witnessing firsthand the evolution of Kansas City into a national leader when it comes to technological innovation,” added US Congressman Emanuel Cleaver.
“When Sprint rolled out the 4G service I witnessed the significant impact it had on local business and economic growth. I believe wholeheartedly that 5G will be no different. It will offer new, innovative opportunities for business owners and local communities that other areas won’t be able to match.”
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