Sprint and T-Mobile, both in the top four of the nation’s largest mobile networks, have more information on their plans to build out 5G mobile networks with faster internet speeds
T-Mobile said said this week it is closing in on having a “real nationwide 5G network,” promising the faster mobile internet technology in 30 cities that will be ready for use when the first 5G capable smart phones become available next year. The company said the faster service will be available first in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas.
Sprint, meanwhile, said it will make an interim faster technology available – not actual 5G, but a bridge to its eventual plans for 5G – starting in April in Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles, with Atlanta, Houston and Washington, D.C., to get the faster service later this year.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere was typically brash when announcing his company’s plans, calling out what he calls the Duopoly – the nation’s biggest mobile providers AT&T and Verizon – for promising 5G that he says isn’t really mobile 5G.
“Dumb and Dumber are in a meaningless race to be first,” Legere said of AT&T and Verizon. “Their so-called 5G isn’t mobile, and it’s not even on a smartphone.”
Sprint, meanwhile, acknowledges that it is offering what it calls a “critical bridge” to 5G that it claims will dramatically speed up service anyway in the interim with “5G-like capabilities.” Its interim service is called “Massive MIMO.”
“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,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. “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’s first 5G-ready Massive MIMO cell sites are capable of delivering up to 10 times the capacity of current LTE systems, significantly increasing data speeds for more customers in high-traffic locations,” the company says in a press release. “With Massive MIMO at the foundation of Sprint’s Gigabit LTE and 5G service, Sprint can keep meeting its customers’ demand for unlimited data and high-bandwidth applications. Customers will have a great experience using 6K and 8K TV, and applications such as HD Virtual Reality.”