Sprint has laid claim to rolling out the largest 5G coverage footprint in the U.S. This initial 5G market includes areas of Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City, with additional 5G service to customers Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The total coverage area: approximately 2,180 square miles and 11.5 million people total across 9 market areas.
“Sprint 5G is here and we’re proud to give customers true mobility and the largest initial 5G footprint in the country,” says Sprint CEO Michel Combes. “This is a momentous day and just the start of what we can achieve with T-Mobile, together building a better, faster, nationwide mobile 5G network that benefits all U.S. businesses and consumers.”
Sprint 5G Enabling Technology
At the foundation of Sprint 5G is Massive MIMO, a breakthrough technology that dramatically improves network capacity. Sprint is using 64T64R (64 transmitters 64 receivers) 5G Massive MIMO radios from Ericsson in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City. These radios support split-mode, enabling Sprint to simultaneously deliver LTE Advanced and 5G NR service. Sprint’s 5G Massive MIMO radios run on its 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum, and they are deployed on Sprint’s existing 4G cell sites, providing a nearly identical footprint for both 2.5 GHz LTE and 5G NR coverage.
Sprint 5G Devices Available
Sprint is building one of the largest 5G device portfolios in the U.S. to give customers more choice in how they access 5G. Available are the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, HTC 5G Hub, and this summer, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
The LG V50 ThinQ 5G and HTC 5G Hub will be available in retail stores in Sprint’s first 5G markets – Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City. Customers in 5G markets can also order 5G-capable products by visiting www.sprint.com or calling 1-800-SPRINT1.