sprint today she has 5G network in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City. In addition to the initial launch markets, sprint will bring 5G to Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Washington, DC in the coming months.
The company joins AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the 5G era, which is now completely underway. Where AT&T and Verizon are at the bank mmWave Spectrum from the start, Sprint relies on its proven 2.5 GHz spectrum to make the ball roll. Sprint believes it gives a foothold to the competition, given the company's deep awareness of 2.5GHz and its performance features.
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Sprint claims it has the largest initial 5G footprint of any American truck, up 5G and running over 1115 square kilometers, covering 3.6 million people.
In Dallas-Fort Worth today, Sprint 5G reaches about 575 square miles of blanketing about 1.6 million people. Atlanta now enjoys coverage over 150 square kilometers over 565,000 people. Houston covers 165 square kilometers and 800,000 people, and Kansas City covers 225 square kilometers and 625,000 people.
As soon as these markets join the second wave of cities, Sprint says it will cover more than 2 200 square miles and 11.5 million people with 5G. AT & T and Verizon have not yet provided hard coverage details for their respective 5G networks.
Sprint has not explained how quickly it will expand beyond these nine markets, although its executives imply that it will depend on whether the company's proposed merger with T-Mobile may continue.
Sprint worked with LG and HTC for its first two 5G devices. The LG V50 ThinQ is the first smart phone and the HTC Hub is the first mobile hotspot to access Sprint's 5G service. Both LG and HTC announced their respective hardware earlier this year and both are being sold at Sprint stores in launch markets on May 31. Prices for these two devices were not immediately made clear.
Ericsson has played an important role in bringing Sprint's 5G network to life. Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice president and head of business area networks at Ericsson, said the US market is the key to its long-term growth. Ericsson has set up the mobile hardware that makes Sprint's 5G a reality.
For the time being, Sprint customers who buy 5G devices can expect to see average 5G speeds in the 190Mbps range, with peaks as high as 1Gbps. Sprint is more concerned about the average download speed rather than the peak speed, as it will deliver the day-to-day experience it wants customers to enjoy.
Perhaps most importantly, Sprint's 5G network is mobile, which means that customers can always have coverage as they move around the launch markets. Sprint believes it will be a meaningful differentiator between AT & T / Verizon.
We are looking forward to testing the Sprint's 5G network. Stay informed Android Authority.