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Sprint to Launch 5G In 2019 Using 2.5 GHz Spectrum

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Dec 21, 2017, 8:10 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint today voiced its support of the recently ratified NSA 5G NR specification and revealed its own plans for deploying 5G. The specification for NSA 5G NR includes support for up to 100 MHz on a single carrier (in the 2.5 GHz band) versus today's limit of 20 MHz per carrier. Sprint holds a massive 160 MHz slice of 2.5 GHz spectrum in the top 100 markets around the U.S., which will allow Sprint to offer mid-band 5G to many Americans. The company is working with Qualcomm and SoftBank to bring 5G services and devices to market by late 2019. Sprint says it will first use Massive MIMO as a stepping stone to 5G. It will launch Massive MIMO in its 2.5 GHz spectrum in 2018. These radios contain 64 transmitters and 64 receivers each, which allow for incredibly accurate beam-forming. These radios will be software-upgradeable to 5G NR. Sprint did not say anything about plans to support mmWave-based 5G in high-band spectrum. "This is an important milestone and we’re making great progress accelerating the development and commercialization of 5G NR in the 2.5 GHz band," said Dr. John Saw, Sprint CTO. "5G will spur dramatic innovation and progress around the world, and we see great opportunity in mobile 5G, massive machine type communications, and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications." AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all have similar plans and timeframes for bringing 5G to market.

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Dec 21, 2017, 3:42 PM


5G in 2019? Yea ok. They don't even have VoLTE yet
They could do 5G.. The VoLTE is just because they do not have an IMS core for voice calls, has nothing to do with data.

Dec 22, 2017, 4:51 PM

Prediction: complete flop

This 2.5GHz spectrum is what's left over from the days of "4G" WiMAX. Back then the problem was it offered HORRIBLE indoor coverage due to the high frequency. They really need to ditch that and realize why no other carriers are going to be doing their own on that high of band.

Dec 22, 2017, 7:29 AM

5G on Sprint

The problem with this of course is the feeble building penetration of 2.5Ghz signals. Especially since the 5G signal will probably be less robust than 4G (same way that 3G was more fragile than 2G and 4G was more fragile than 3G).
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