Sprint announces the six cities where it will start building out its 5G technology
by Alan Friedman / Feb 27, 2018, 11:39 AM
Earlier this month, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that Sprint will start offering 5G wireless service sometime during the first half of 2019. The carrier will start building out its 5G pipeline this April by rolling out Massive MIMO technology to six cities. This brings additional capacity to the network as it adds multiple antenna links between the cell tower and compatible phones. Last year at MWC 2017, Sprint and Nokia demonstrated multi-gigabit speeds over LTE by using a Massive MIMO layout consisting of 128 antennas (64 transmit/64 receive).
The three cities that will receive the upgraded wireless technology first are Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. Later this year, Sprint will upgrade service in Atlanta, Houston and Washington, DC. Current MIMO setups include 2 x 2 or 4 x 4, so you can imagine the increase in capacity that will come with the aforementioned 128 antenna array. Once the new equipment is up, Sprint customers in those 6 markets should experience faster data speeds as long as they are using a phone that supports 2.5GHz spectrum (Band 41).
Speaking of devices, Sprint and Qualcomm are working together to make sure that by the first half of 2019, Sprint customers have compatible handsets that will support Sprint's 5G service. Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem, already selected by 18 device manufacturers, will work with the carrier's 2.5GHz airwaves. Sprint owns 160MHz of 2.5GHz spectrum in the top 100 U.S. markets.
Remember when Sprint was the first to offer 4G? That just reminds us that being first isn't always good.
posted on Feb 27, 2018, 12:34 PM 3
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The problem with their 4g rollout was 1. They ran with WiMAX to be first instead of LTE, and 2. Their spectrum holdings were not as great as what ATT and Verizon have. Sprint has actually more spectrum, its just at a higher rate which is less desirable for coverage. T-Mobile was in the same boat until they were able to acquire some 700mhz after the failed merger. Sprint did get some 600mhz spectrum, but the government shut that down due to potential GPS interference. On to 5g though, Sprint is well positioned. It’s an evolution of LTE so they’ll be using industry standards and the spectrum they have should be pretty valuable. They have what they need at the 2.5ghz band. ATTs spectrum is at like 30ghz... no idea how it’ll go through a wall when 2.5 struggles.
posted on Feb 27, 2018, 8:31 PM 1
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The amount of times sprint was suppose to die is not even funny. They are like roaches that keep coming back. Maybe this time around they will get it right and knock TMO out. Imagine that level of competition.
posted on Feb 27, 2018, 1:35 PM 0
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Fix your LTE coverage and speeds first. SMH. Don't talk about 5G when your average LTE network speeds are 15-17Mbps
posted on Feb 27, 2018, 1:55 PM 1
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Um, I'm getting 108 mbps down right outside of Chicago. It all depends where you are when it comes to network speeds.,
posted on Feb 27, 2018, 3:13 PM 2
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5g will fix LTE. current 4gb devices will benefit from this deployment. This 5g isn’t really 5g. It’s LTE turbo charged. But its a start. Similar to ATT calling Hispa+ 4g, when in reality only LTE advance is a 4g standard.
posted on Feb 27, 2018, 8:33 PM 0
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