Sprint plans to launch its 5G network in May, starting from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City. It is assumed that the 5G service will also be available in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Washington in the first half of the year.
Like most new 5G networks, the details are surprisingly thin. around Sprint's plans.
The company declined to announce its plans for 5G services and it was unclear what speeds to expect. the video that the company is launching today, someone has been showing 430 Mbps – about 10x what you can get on LTE today. But I saw, saying, "We really do not want to focus too much on speeds but on experience."
that his 5G network will be part of Google's Fi, the Google wireless operator who is back in the Sprint and T-Mobile network. It was not specified when Google Fi will start offering a 5G-compatible phone. In fact, Sprint's marketing director pointed out that early Sprint 5G phones may not be compatible on the net, which may complicate the situation for Google. Sprint did not launch ultra-fast millimeter wave coverage, similar to its competitors, as it does not have wireless wireless licenses to support it.
Instead, the Sprint's 5G network will start using the carrier's average carrier spectrum, which is faster than LTE but does not travel so far (and vice versa, it is slower than millimeter waves, away). Sprint also says it will rely on the "massive MIMO" to improve the capacity of its 5G network.
Sprint's first 5G phone will be the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. It will also get the Samsung Galaxy S1
Upon call, Sprint Chief Executive Officer Michel Combes said the merger with T-Mobile will allow the Sprint 5G network to be deployed faster and offer wider coverage. But he avoided the question whether the network would be able to reach the whole country without T-Mobile's help, and instead said the merger would accelerate US migration to 5G.
"It is obvious that by merging the two companies you get the full benefits of accelerating network deployment and coverage," said Combes. Earlier, he said the merger would "overtake our 5G strategy."
Sprint claims that the 5G network is currently being tested in downtown Chicago. He also gave some limited details of availability in cities after its launch. In New York Sprint promises coverage in Midtown and Lower Manhattan; in Dallas Sprint says it will cover 230 square miles of the Dallas Fort Worth area. Total Sprint claims to cover more than 1,000 square miles in its original nine cities.