How can you tell which U.S. commercial wireless carrier has taken the lead with 5G mobile wireless service? According to information posted at Seeking Alpha, an online investment information service, the 5G leader can only be determined based on the number of cities with a live network. None of the companies is releasing data on the size of population covered by initial networks, an article posted by Stone Fox Capital, a registered investment adviser, reads.
“Due to the minimal coverage areas of most microcells used for 5G wireless networks, the differences between 5G network coverage descriptions can vastly differ among the leading wireless providers,” the article reads. “AT&T mobile 5G service is now live in parts of seven more cities, including Austin, Texas; Los Angeles; Nashville, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, California. The wireless and media giant now has 19 cities across the nation where AT&T is the only carrier to offer mobile 5G service to businesses and consumers, and Chicago, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis are coming soon.”
On April 3, Verizon Wireless announced it officially turned on its 5G ultra-wideband network in select areas of Minneapolis and Chicago on that day, a week ahead of schedule. T-Mobile US and Sprint haven’t announced any open networks yet, so by all accounts AT&T would be the early leader in mobile 5G, the article at Seeking Alpha declared.
Meanwhile, since T-Mobile and Sprint announced on April 29 last year their intention to merge, the companies have been awaiting regulatory approval. Close to our press time, the Wall Street Journal reported the deal has run into resistance from the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust staff. Should the merger fail to win approval, T-Mobile may be in a better position than Sprint to continue going alone.
Yet, Sprint hasn’t stopped preparing for 5G on its own. The company announced its intention to launch 5G commercial service in May in the Kansas City, Missouri, market. Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas also are among the nine initial 5G markets Sprint plans to launch. In next month’s issue, we will show you the center Sprint uses at its headquarters to demonstrate 5G technology to enterprise and government customers and prospects and to Sprint employees.
Tower Climbers in the House
Communications executives, business owners and communications workers — tower climbers — visited the White House for a 5G technology deployment press conference on April 12. A White House insider will tell you all about it — but that will have to wait for next month’s issue, too. Gee whiz.
This column ran in the May issue of AGL Magazine.