Sprint announced that it has deployed 2.5 GHz spectrum on 85 percent of its macro sites and it has 35,000 outdoor small cells deployed including both mini macros and strand mounts as it completed the initial launch of its True Mobile 5G network, during its fiscal year 2019 second quarter earnings call.
Recently announced service areas cover 16 million people within nine metropolitan areas – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. In these areas, customers with 5G devices are experiencing dramatically faster speeds, with initial 5G performance results showing a nearly 6X increase in average download speed compared to Sprint LTE.
Sprint has continued the rollout of Massive MIMO antennas, with thousands of sites on-air across the country.
The company is offering 5G capable smartphones from LG, Samsung, and OnePlus, along with a hotspot device from HTC.
Sprint continues to advocate for its merger with T-Mobile to deploy a nationwide 5G network that includes coverage in rural locations. Together, the combined company is expected to provide a formidable 5G service. Sprint’s existing 5G deployment shows the potential of 5G, and the combined company is expected to have the resources and technology to bring that potential to reality by building a 5G network. The carrier just needs to hang on long enough for the merger to be completed.