Sprint Corp. will be rolling out commercial 5G services in May while its standard-based 5G is already on-air, company announced at MWC Barcelona last week.
The company is expecting Dallas, Atlanta, Kansas City and Chicago among the first cities where it is planning to launch commercial 5G services in May, whereas cities of Phoenix, New York City, Washington D.C, Houston and Los Angeles to join them later in first half of 2019.
Commercial launch 5G service will initially be expected to begin with coverage of 30 square miles area in Midtown and lower Manhattan and 230 square miles of coverage area in the greater Dallas Fort Worth area which will cover about 1,000 square miles of area in all nine cities combined to provide the 5G services to highly mobile and on-the-go customers of the company.
Sprint’s customers in area from the Magnificent Mile and the Loop to University of Illinois at downtown Chicago have been available with 5G connectivity in initial 5G service drive as company is being testing and maximizing its standards-based 5G software and hardware deployments by integrating them with Massive MIMO radios supplied by Samsung Electronics America Inc.
Sprint’s wireless customers will soon be getting first of their 5G mobile experience beyond their homes or hotspots around millimeter waves and real 5G is already on-air in Chicago which highlights that the company has already marked its milestone towards the commercial launch of 5G service providing true mobility and fast speeds through Massive MIMOs using 2.5 GHz bandwidth of the 5G spectrum, said Dr. John Shaw, Sprint’s CTO at MWC.
Heading towards the next generation of wireless technology, Sprint is ready to provide 5G services in nine U.S. cities, and by merging with T-Mobile that will become more better for the company to quickly launch 5G in more places to provide nationwide 5G network to even underserved communities and to better compete with rivals with new level of progress and innovation in the United States, said Sprint CEO Michel Combes.