Sprint CEO Claure: Sprint to offer nationwide 5G service by the first half of 2019

Sprint CEO Claure: Sprint to offer nationwide 5G service by the first half of 2019
Sprint announced yesterday that it will be launching its mobile 5G network nationwide during the first half of 2019. If the carrier does live up to its promise, Sprint will be offering its customers the next generation of wireless service coast to coast before T-Mobile. The latter has said that it will start offering next generation wireless in 2019 with nationwide service ready by 2020.

Sprint has been hoarding 160MHz of high-frequency 2.5GHz spectrum in the top 100 markets, which it plans on using for 5G. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure says that half of Sprint's cell towers currently feature 2.5GHz capabilities, and that number will come close to 100% over the next year. According to the executive, a software update sent to Sprint's cell towers that support massive MIMO (which expands the number of antennas transmitting information between a cell site and a handset) can quickly upgrade these towers to 5G NR standards. In addition, Claure says that Sprint will also deploy 40,000 outdoor small cell solutions, 15,000 strand mounted small cells, and as many as 1 million Sprint Magic Boxes.

Of course, without 5G enabled handsets, rolling out the next generation network would be a waste of time. Claure says that Qualcomm will release new modem chips for 5G toward the end of this year. And the CEO said that Sprint has had "a conversation with a leading Korean manufacturer to basically have devices ready by the first half of 2019." That would mean that either Samsung or LG will be offering a 5G enabled handset compatible with Sprint's 5G service, around the time that the new network is launched.

One thing that consumers won't want to hear is Claure's comments on pricing. He vows that Sprint will be the price leader, but only until 5G rolls out. "We’re going to have a lot of room to increase our price of unlimited to get to similar prices as Verizon and AT&T in the future," said the executive.

Verizon plans on offering residential 5G service in as many as 5 markets this year. Big Red will employ its millimeter-wave spectrum for the service. AT&T will offer a 5G "puck" device as it plans on offering 5G in as many as 12 cities this year. T-Mobile, partially relying on the 600MHz spectrum it won during the FCC auction last year, has already discussed its vision for the next generation wireless service.

source: FierceWireless



1. applesnapple93

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

they dont even have nationwide 4g, let alone voice calling.

2. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Lets hope this isn't another WiMax ordeal like in 2008

5. Three2One

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Where is simultaneously talk and data...

12. Dmoney101685

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

In settings go to Calling plus and turn it on. Works like a charm

13. tempdogg74

Posts: 136; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Calling plus works great. Even though it's still in Beta. Once 5G network is up they better include talk and surf from the jump.

16. Three2One

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Don't have it on iPhone, let me check my Samsung

6. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

Marcelo is Donald Trump of wireless industry. All talk and no action.

17. applesnapple93

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

notice an increase in your paycheck this month?

7. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

What's 5G going to get anyone? 50Mbps can do more than enough. If they charge a premium for this, I'm not buying it.

8. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Sprint better worry about giving its customers access to 3G first.

10. erolva35

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 18, 2017

Biggest mistake for Sprint as usual. Just like 3g and 4g. They want to be there first to have it. They put it in select cities blah blah blah. Nationwide coverage is still gonna suck. When do they learn. Just go bankrupt or get bought out already.

15. tempdogg74

Posts: 136; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

The always say the selected cities and the rest just sit and wait for upgrades like calling plus. I might just be looking elsewhere for my phone services. But where? Sprint always been good on my pockets.

19. audibot

Posts: 678; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i jumped to tmobile after 12 years on sprints lies and crap service. not only do i pay the same i get more and free things on tuesday that i look at as discounts. movie tickets that $10 saved, redbox free and vudu $5 and gas discounts.

14. tempdogg74

Posts: 136; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

They gonna rush to 5G and it's gonna be a disaster. High speeds only in big Cities. And the other parts of the map still on 4GLTE. Then wash rinse repeat when it's time for 6G. They always gonna be behind. No matter what they do. I been with Sprint for over 20 years and they never had a solid network after 3G.

20. erolva35

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 18, 2017

They're damn lucky to have u as a customer. Yeah man I have TMobile and no complaints. They can't be any worse than Sprint lol.

21. tempdogg74

Posts: 136; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Yes they are. Only reason I'm still with them is because I'm grandfathered in on a great plan. And my 25 percent employee discount.

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