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Sprint says its 5G network will launch in 2019

2018-02-02 13:52 by
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Sprint has set a goal of building the first nationwide mobile 5G network by early 2019, CEO Marcelo Claure said on a conference call with analysts on Friday. He added that the company plans to launch commercial service and offer handsets at that time.

"We're working with Qualcomm and network and device manufacturers in order to launch the first truly mobile [5G] network in the United States by the first half of 2019," Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said. "This development will put Sprint at the forefront of technology innovation on par with other leading carriers around the world … We believe our next-gen network will truly differentiate Sprint over the next couple of years."

The Sprint CEO also detailed other network improvements that'll be rolled out. Sprint is planning trio-band site upgrades to leverage its spectrum for better performance, as well as deploy thousands of new cell sites to densify and expand coverage. Also coming is more small cells for better capacity and data speeds and 64T64R Massive MIMO 2.5GHz radios that'll increase capacity up to 10 times that of current LTE systems and boost data speeds.

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