It’s no secret that the major topic of convo up and down the halls of this year’s Mobile World Congress is 5G. All day, every day. And there’s really only one question: When? When can it be rolled out to consumers? When will it start solving traffic troubles? When can carriers start realizing profits?
Sprint CIO Scott Rice told Mobile World Daily just before the 5G CIO session at Mobile World Congress the carrier is working on both the network and device sides of 5G and is gunning to be the first U.S. carrier to provide a truly mobile 5G experience.
“As our CEO [Marcelo Claure] said, Sprint is a 5G company,” Rice said. “Our recently announced next-gen network stragtegy will be a game changer for us and our customers.”
And that’s not just a bunch of trade show hype. Today Sprint announced its first six 5G cities. Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles will be the first three to get 5G with Atlanta, Houston and Washington, D.C. slated to get service later this year.
“The race to 5G is heating up, and let me be clear, today’s announcement is a huge step toward Sprint being first to offer a 5G mobile network,” Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO said. “Our deep spectrum position gives us an incredible advantage no other carrier has in the U.S. We’re making significant investments using state-of-the-art technology, and working with leading chip and handset partners to deliver an incredible Next-Gen Network for our customers.”
Sprint plans to roll out a Massive MIMO network, meaning it will deploy thousands of Massive MIMO radios to boost coverage.
“Massive MIMO is a game-changer for TDD-LTE networks that’s being used by leading operators around the world to deploy Gigabit LTE and 5G,” Dr. John Saw, Sprint Chief Technology Officer said. “For more than a year we’ve been testing this new technology, and in a few short weeks we’ll be bringing the power of Massive MIMO to Sprint customers beginning with some of the largest markets in the country.”
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