Sprint Unveils Six 5G-Ready Cities; Significant Milestone Toward Launching First 5G Mobile Network in the U.S.
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire
Starting in April, Sprint customers in select U.S. markets will experience the future of wireless as the company prepares to deliver the nation's first 5G mobile network in the first half of 2019.
Massive MIMO is a critical bridge to Sprint's 5G network. 5G technology promises to connect people, places and billions of things with blazing fast speed, ultra-reliable, low-latency wireless service. This breakthrough technology will enable new levels of innovation and progress including cloud robotics, telemedicine, connected cars and drones, augmented and virtual reality and more.
"The race to 5G is heating up, and let me be clear, today's announcement is a huge step toward Sprint being first to offer a 5G mobile network," said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. "Our deep spectrum position gives us an incredible advantage no other carrier has in the U.S. We're making significant investments using state-of-the-art technology, and working with leading chip and handset partners to deliver an incredible Next-Gen Network for our customers."
The Power of Massive MIMO on the Sprint Network
Sprint's first 5G-ready Massive MIMO cell sites are capable of delivering up to 10 times the capacity of current LTE systems, significantly increasing data speeds for more customers in high-traffic locations. With Massive MIMO at the foundation of Sprint's Gigabit LTE and 5G service, Sprint can keep meeting its customers' demand for unlimited data and high-bandwidth applications. Customers will have a great experience using 6K and 8K TV, and applications such as HD Virtual Reality.
"Massive MIMO is a game-changer for TDD-LTE networks that's being used by leading operators around the world to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G," said Dr. John Saw, Sprint Chief Technology Officer. "For more than a year we've been testing this new technology, and in a few short weeks we'll be bringing the power of Massive MIMO to Sprint customers beginning with some of the largest markets in the country."
All Sprint customers using a 2.5 GHz (band 41) device will benefit from the increased capacity and speed provided by Massive MIMO. In addition, Sprint is working with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and device manufacturers to launch 5G mobile devices in the first half of 2019. The recently announced Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem supports 5G NR for Sprint's 2.5 GHz (n41) spectrum band.
Sprint will deploy 64T64R (64 transmit, 64 receive) Massive MIMO radios using 128 antennas working with technology leaders Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung Electronics. The Massive MIMO radios from all three suppliers are software-upgradable to 5G without additional tower climbs. The Massive MIMO radios support split-mode service, enabling Sprint to offer both 4G LTE and 5G on the same radio.
With 204 MHz of spectrum and more than 160 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum in the top 100 markets, Sprint is uniquely positioned with enough capacity to deliver a nationwide 5G mobile network using licensed spectrum. Because of Sprint's large spectrum holdings it is also one of the only operators in the world with enough capacity to operate LTE and 5G simultaneously over 100-200 MHz on the same Massive MIMO radios.
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