Sprint boosts 5G in existing markets; now covers 16m people

23 Oct 2019

US mobile operator Sprint has announced that it has increased its 5G footprint, which now covers 16 million people. However, the cellco notes that the service remains restricted to its nine existing 5G markets, namely: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, DC. Prior to this month’s expansion, the network served eleven million people.

Sprint notes that its 64T64R (64 transmitters 64 receivers) Massive MIMO 5G radios run on its 2.5GHz mid-band spectrum, and they are deployed on its existing 4G cell sites, which will ultimately mean that its 5G network has a ‘nearly identical’ footprint to its 4G infrastructure. The network uses equipment from Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung.

United States, Sprint Corporation (now part of T-Mobile US)