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T-Mobile, Sprint embark on separate 5G preparations

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T-Mobile and Sprint both unveiled their respective pre-5G plans in recent weeks. While perhaps light on details and specifics, the announcements nevertheless gave an idea of each carriers’ 5G rollout strategy.

“We’re tackling 5G with an army at our side,” said Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer. “To advance our 5G vision, we’re working closely with 3GPP, industry standards groups, chip makers and a range of global handset manufactures – who are on track to deliver the first handsets in early 2019. And we’re partnering closely with global network infrastructure leaders like Ericsson and Nokia who are already delivering equipment to support our multi-spectrum strategy.”

The carrier is aiming to build out 5G in 30 cities this year. New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas were named, with the rest to be announced at a later date.  T-Mobile is banking on its “multi-spectrum strategy” – which includes low band, mid band and millimeter wave – to combine reliability and high speeds.

Current networks will also be beefed up with 5G-ready equipment and the deployment of 25,000 small cells.

Meanwhile, Sprint announced six 5G-ready cities: Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles in the near future, and Atlanta, Houston and Washington, D.C. later this year. The carrier expects to also launch 5G in the first half of 2019.

The 5G-ready cities and customers using 2.5 GHz devices will benefit from Sprint’s deployment of “thousands” of Massive MIMO radios.

Sprint’s announcement is part of its Next-Gen Network strategy, which “includes upgrading cell sites to triband service using 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz, adding thousands of new cell sites to expand coverage, and densifying the network with more small cells.” Its parent company Softbank last year promised billions more of capital expenditure.

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