"We're excited to play our part in advancing the next generation of wireless technology as we prepare to debut our mobile 5G service in nine markets", said Sprint CEO Michel Combes.
Sprint is launching its 5G network with commercial service expected to start in May, the company said at MWC. Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. will follow later this year.
Sprint is building its network on the mid-band 2.5 GHz spectrum and "cutting-edge Massive MIMO" tech, with the carrier touting 10s increased in bandwidth over current-gen LTE networks. Sprint declined to provide more details regarding its 5G service plans and what they will look like, and there's also no specifics about what speeds subscribers can expect to see.
With the launch in May, Sprint joins AT&T as the first two companies to turn on mobile 5G networks in the country.
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However, left unsaid by the operator during its media event here at the Mobile World Congress trade show was any indication about how it might actually make money from 5G. And Sprint are set for launch in four cities, starting in May.
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Sprint said customers who deploy its Curiosity IoT core can also make use of Amazon Web Services (AWS) storage, analytics and IoT development capabilities via an edge computing deployment. T-Mobile made this decision because it will allow the company to cover more area faster, even if it means slower peak speeds, whereas Verizon and AT&T will have faster peaks but it will take more work (and potentially more time) to cover the same area.
Bill Ho, an industry analyst at 556 Ventures LLC, said the Sprint 5G hotspot's ability to handle traffic from 20 devices at once will have immediate uses in business. But opponents of the merger say the deal would ultimately give the combined company greater power to raise prices anyway, despite a three-year moratorium on price hikes T-Mobile has offered regulators to sweeten the deal. It's based on our 2.5 gigahertz spectrum.