Sprint Launching 5G Network in May Starting in Four Cities

Sprint today at Mobile World Congress announced that its commercial 5G network will launch in May, starting in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Kansas City. The carrier plans to expand service to Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. in the first half of 2019.


5G coverage will initially be limited to select areas of each city:

At launch, Sprint's highly mobile, on-the-go customers can expect mobile 5G coverage ranging from nearly 30 square miles covering Midtown and lower Manhattan, to approximately 230 square miles spanning the greater Dallas Fort Worth area, for a total initial 5G coverage footprint of more than 1,000 square miles across all nine cities.

Sprint plans to build a nationwide 5G network in partnership with T-Mobile should the proposed merger of the two companies be approved.


Sprint said its first 5G smartphone will be the new dual-screen LG V50 ThinQ 5G unveiled at Mobile World Congress this week, followed by the HTC 5G Hub hotspot in the spring and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G in the summer.

Sprint also announced that it will offer 5G service to Google Fi customers with a compatible device, but there is no timeframe for the rollout.

Sprint's network will operate on the 2.5GHz spectrum and use Massive MIMO radio equipment supplied by Samsung, rather than use millimeter wave technology. Sprint chief technology officer John Saw said the carrier saw speeds of 430 Mbps in one demo, according to The Verge, significantly faster than LTE.

Tags: Sprint, 5G

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22 months ago

anybody else worried about all these health risks that 5g causes?

Like the myth about "birds dropping dead" near the cell towers?


No.
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22 months ago
The range of 5G is so limited it'll be years before most of us will ever see it.
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22 months ago
Sprint lol.
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22 months ago
with 5G having a more limited range than LTE and a good LTE signal is already faster than most home internet/cable/DSL wired internet connections, I can't see the average cell phone user being able to utilize or notice any of the supposed faster speeds of 5G when most stuff that requires a lot of bandwidth gets throttled by the carriers anyway (unless you purchase their most expensive plan).

My guess is 5G will be nothing but a marketing blitz for 99% of the end users on cell phones because they won't be able to tell the difference except when running an artificial speed test
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22 months ago
anybody else worried about all these health risks that 5g causes?
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22 months ago

anybody else worried about all these health risks that 5g causes?

Nope because the “health risks” 5G it’s a hoax
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