Sprint’s 5G network will launch this May

Telecom company, Sprint, has announced that it plans to launch its 5G network in May 2019, according to a recent press release.

Sprint said it will turn on its 5G network in May for customers in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Kansas City.

In addition, the company also confirmed plans to launch 5G in Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington during the first half of 2019.

5G network

It remains unclear how extensive the coverage will be in each of the different cities when it launches.

Sprint said that the New York launch will have coverage ranging from nearly ”30 square miles covering Midtown and lower Manhattan,” while the Dallas Launch will cover ”approximately 230 square miles spanning the greater Dallas, Fort Worth area”.

With the launch in May, Sprint joins AT&T as the first two companies to turn on mobile 5G networks in the country.

AT&T activated its 5G service in 12 US cities last December.

According to the release, Sprint’s 5G network is currently live in downtown Chicago where the company is testing and optimising its deployment of standards-based 5G software and hardware using MIMO radios from Samsung Electronics America Inc.

“Initial drive tests show Sprint 5G is providing connectivity in the downtown area, from the Magnificent Mile and the Loop to the University of Illinois at Chicago,” said Sprint.

Smartphones

When it comes to devices, Sprint will sell smartphones that are compatible with the 5G network. The first one will be the LG V50 ThinQ 5G.

However, the company is yet to reveal its pricing or release date, but we can expect it to hit the market later this year when it releases its 5G network in May.

The company will also sell the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G at some point in the summer.

Sprint is also joining teams with Google so that Google Fi customers can take advantage of Sprint’s 5G if they have a compatible device.

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