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Sprint set to launch 5G in nine US cities

The communications services company has announced that standards-based 5G is on-air with a commercial service expected to be available in the first four cities in May

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Dallas will be among the first cities to offer commercial 5G
Dallas will be among the first cities to offer commercial 5G

Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Kansas City are expected to be among the first of nine US cities to offer a commercial 5G service from Sprint Corporation.

 

The communications services company announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that standards-based 5G is now on-air with a commercial service slated to launch starting in May. 

 

More cities to follow

 

Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington DC are expected to follow with their 5G offering in the first half of 2019. When completed Sprint will have a total initial 5G coverage footprint of more than 1,000 square miles across all nine cities.

 

“We’re excited to play our part in advancing the next generation of wireless technology as we prepare to debut our mobile 5G service in nine markets,” said Michel Combes, CEO of Sprint.

 

“Even better, when combined with T-Mobile we will be able to roll out 5G in more places, more quickly, building an incredible nationwide 5G network that reaches underserved communities, accelerates competition, and drives new levels of US innovation and progress.”

 

Sprint 5G is currently on-air in downtown Chicago where the company is testing and optimising its deployment of standards-based 5G software and hardware using Massive MIMO radios from Samsung Electronics America.

 

Initial drive tests show Sprint 5G is providing connectivity in the downtown area, from the Magnificent Mile and the Loop to University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

“Wireless customers are soon going to have their first mobile 5G experience with Sprint, and it won’t be limited to their home or a millimetre wave hotspot,” added Dr John Saw, CTO, Sprint.

 

“Real 5G is now on-air in Chicago, marking a major milestone for the commercialisation of Sprint 5G using 2.5 GHz and Massive MIMO to provide fast speeds and true mobility.”

“Wireless customers are soon going to have their first mobile 5G experience with Sprint, and it won’t be limited to their home or a millimetre wave hotspot”

In addition to deploying mobile 5G with Samsung in Chicago, Sprint is also field-testing standards-based 5G in multiple markets, including in Los Angeles with Nokia and in Atlanta with Ericsson.

 

In December 2018, Sprint, with Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies completed its first over-the-air 5G data transmission using 2.5 GHz and Massive MIMO on its live network in San Diego.

 

Attendees at MWC are getting a first-hand look at Sprint 5G. In the Ericsson booth (Hall 2), Sprint and Ericsson are demonstrating Massive MIMO 5G split-mode which simultaneously uses LTE and standards-based 5G NR.

 

Attendees can observe the live 5G system showing end-to-end connectivity, eMBB and streaming video using the LG V50 ThinQ 5G smartphone. In addition, visitors will also find a demo of Sprint’s Curiosity IoT platform.

 

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