Sprint not rushing into 5G

Sprint not rushing into 5G
With Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T already talking about 5G wireless service, at least one U.,S. carrier isn't jumping on board the 5G train without looking both ways. Jay Bluhm, Sprint's VP of network planning, says that the nation's fourth largest carrier is evaluating 5G. "We're looking at it," the executive says. He adds that there is still plenty of capacity in Sprint's current network configuration to cover the needs of users.

Sprint says that it has enough capacity at the moment despite carrying an increase in traffic of 85% year over year. By 2020, Sprint will be carrying three times the amount of data that it currently is routing through its pipelines. Half of that traffic is video, according to Bluhm. To meet demand, Sprint is using some LTE-Advanced optimization techniques like carrier aggregation and beamforming. With the former, multiple spectrum channels are put together to increase the capacity of the pipeline. With the latter, signals from multiple antennas are directed toward the location where Sprint customers are.

Verizon has been testing 5G in Euless, Texas, along with Samsung, at 28GHz. T-Mobile plans on testing 5G at 28GHz and 38GHz, and AT&T is working on the technology along with Intel and Ericsson.

Interestingly, Sprint is also alone among the four major U.S. carriers when it comes to sitting out this year's FCC auction of 600MHz spectrum. The low-frequency airwaves travel farther and penetrate buildings better. Sprint says that it already has enough spectrum at the moment. Is it possible that by waving off 5G and failing to take part in the auction, Sprint is digging itself a hole from which it will eventually find it difficult to emerge?

source: FierceWireless

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18 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

They've always been stagnant, nothing different...

7. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

5G for Ghetto

13. MSi_GS70 unregistered

they don't have even 4g properly running

2. sun0066

Posts: 251; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

The title should say : Sprint no rushing into 4G

10. trublackrose

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

I came here for this comment

11. Derekjeter

Posts: 1439; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Had to stop and admire this beautiful comment

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

meanwhile the average mobile phone speeds still far below HSPA+ (or the other call it 3.75G) limit at 42.2 Mbps (or 5.275MBps if you prefer Byte)

18. sb1rockets

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

I don't know what you're using but my Sprint iPhone regularly pulls down between 80-110MBps

4. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

What a ghetto ass company

5. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

First they fall behind the curve by banking on the wrong technology. Now they want to fall behind by not even trying?

6. kg4icg

Posts: 83; Member since: May 18, 2008

Oh yeah, let's rush into 5G where it hasn't been finalized yet and put down on paper as to what will be used as. And as for 600 MHz, won't be able to use the 90 MHz of spectrum divided by how many carriers but into it until 2020. What a waste of resources that is.

8. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

They still have work to do on 3G. And let's not even discuss WiMAX. Keep trying, Sprintsee!

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

no wonder they dropped down on number 4 carrier, when all moving up..

12. Macflyer

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 23, 2016

I remember how useless 3G was for me with them. Then, when I got an iPhone 5 and LTE, I was able to stream video without major issues until their network got clogged a year later. Not sure what their performance is 18 months after I have left them for G-Mobile, but the latter really performs admirably in my area. No need to shop around for another carrier atm. I look at 5G more of a bandwith extension than a speed bump. I do not need better speeds, but surely all carriers will need to prevent for their bandwiths to become a bottle neck.

14. lmao2016

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

I remember my photon days on sprint..... The absolute worst!

15. palmguy

Posts: 952; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

LOL. Sprint not rushing into consistant decent 4G.

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Probably smart move on their part, since they ran head first into 4G with Wimax before LTE was ready for market, and it was a costly endeavor that did not pan out. Also the resulting network upgrades were very painful and lead to a lot of churn. This time they will play it smart, wait for it to mature a bit before they work on theres.

17. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

hahah oh Sprint. "not rushing into 5G". that's like saying you're going to build a house, when you've never successfully built a shed. sad.

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