Sprint demonstrates 5G at soccer tournament in Santa Clara, California

Sprint demonstrates 5G at soccer tournament in Santa Clara, California
Sprint showed off the next generation capabilities of wireless technology today, by demonstrating 5G during the Copa América Centenario soccer tournament in Santa Clara, California. During the demonstration, Sprint was able to achieve download speeds as fast as 2Gbps. Another feature of 5G is its low millisecond latency which was displayed during the testing of a live streaming virtual reality system from VideoStitch. The video was displayed in 4K UHD. For today's demonstration, Sprint used 73 GHz millimeter wavelength spectrum.

Sprint's demonstration used beam switching which tracks the device being used, selects the best antenna for the task, and sends the signal to a targeted location. The carrier's current LTE Plus service utilizes a similar technology known as beamforming. For now, Sprint will use technology like beamforming to make its network more efficient. Techniques like multiple carrier aggregation will expand the capacity of Sprint's network.

While other carriers have been conducting tests of 5G, including Verizon and AT&T, Sprint is the first U.S. mobile operator to test 5G in front of the public. According to Sprint CTO Dr. John Saw, the 2.5GHz spectrum held by Sprint is considered low-frequency spectrum for 5G, which means that signals should travel farther and penetrate buildings better. Sprint owns more 2.5GHz spectrum than any other U.S. carrier. In fact, Sprint is staying clear of the FCC auction of 600MHz spectrum that T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T are expected to spend billions on.


While Verizon has said that it will have some level of commercial 5G deployment as soon as next year, most don't expect 5G to be offered to consumers until 2020. Data speeds will be 100 times faster than 4G, allowing a full-length film to be downloaded in seconds.

source: Sprint

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21 Comments

1. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Is that by Sprint standards? Like, 10Mbps down, 5Mbps up? It only works if you are dry humping the tower?

11. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

WTH.... I have a Sprint LTE phone and I still get 3G 1/2 the time. WTF is Sprint working on 5G for when they can't even roll out 4G properly? Jerks.

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

thats why i switched to tmobile never had a problem since

16. engineer-1701d unregistered

you do mean 10mbps down on 5g right because i never got close to 5 or 10 down with lte except the day they rolled it out in my city,

17. engineer-1701d unregistered

the problem i see is sprint has amazing service in a few areas the other they have service main citys they have crap for service, my city has every major gov facility in it side by side and even NIST is here but sprint still cant do crap here. i guess i will wait to see what happens in 2020 if am alive

20. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Wow is it still that slow in the US? In central Asia, people get 20Mbps average and in the top metro, it is 70Mbps average.

2. Senthilg

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 07, 2016

Why does PA or most of the tech writers always mention about downloading movies when data speeds are discussed? I believe majority of them don't download movies but just stream it using Netflix,etc. Don't they have a better practical use case to relate to make it easier for people to understand about data speeds.!!

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because we need to download something big to measure max actual speed, and movie file is known as big file for most human (sure we can change it to linux ISO or something, but how many human know what is linux ISO or how big is that) and Netflix didnt use that much speed (I guess 20 Mbps is enough for HD stream)

21. TerrellAmerica unregistered

I agree, I've never just download a whole movie over cellular because most service that let you download movies require Wi-Fi anyways, unless there talking about torrenting.

3. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Lol at PhoneArena putting "soccer tournament" in the title like it is some amateur soccer game

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

isnt copa is amateur football game?

7. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Nope, professional football. Copa América is the South American nations' football cup. The only reason it is in the US is because it is the 100th anniversary of the first Copa América.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copa_Am%C3%A9ricahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copa_Am%C3%A9rica_Centenario

4. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

It would be awesome to see sprint come out of no where and overtake T-Mobile or the rest of them. Congrats sprint

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Hahahahahahhahahahahaha. Good one!

15. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I thought the same, when they earlier were quick to launch 4G using WiMax technology.. But what happened??? Now they are doing the same mistake AGAIN wrt 5G.. Looks like they will NEVER learn...

8. tyson3

Posts: 59; Member since: May 15, 2012

What makes no sense to me is that I'm still dropping calls and these idiots are testing 5g signals! These companies are crazy to be doing this stuff knowing they don't have 4g in enough places!

10. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

how can they claim about 5g when there is no single standard of 5g? people keep talking about download speed but 5g can be another thing which focus on things we dont know

13. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Sprint, let's brag about your $20 monthly access fee per line that you fail to include in your advertisements.

14. Rashaan75

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 17, 2015

I don't get it. 4G blows. U going bankrupt

22. austin444

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

Sprint, Sprint, Sprint..... Your 4G speeds in my low-population area are still horrible. 0.5mbps or worse is what I typically see. Your 3G speeds have always been awful too. Please fix your current problems before you attempt something new.

23. RGreen

Posts: 83; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

You got to love it

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